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Seeds2Success - Greater Peoria Regional Food Summit

Seeds2Success - Greater Peoria Regional Food Summit

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Planning for Community Sustainability

Greater Peoria Regional Food Summit

RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center, 600 NE Water St, Peoria, IL 61603

March 29, 2014

Julie Ristau, Co-Director:  On the Commons and part of the organization’s leadership team that works to apply commons-based approaches to real-world problems.  She has been instrumental in the development of Homegrown Minneapolis. Her presentation highlights Strategies at Work, expanding the community’s ability to develop locally grown foods systems.

Gayle Prest, Sustainability Director for the city of Minneapolis: Gayle has been with the Minneapolis sustainability office since 2006, she discussed with us how Minnesota provides a unique approach to urban sustainability. At the top of her list are issues of similar concern to our region: air emissions, asian carp, and local foods systems. We had an opportunity to learn about Sustainable Minneapolis Policies and Programs at Work.

Kristine Igo, Associate Institute Director, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, University of Minnesota.  In her work, she is focused on increasing and sustaining the University's impact in the interdisciplinary arena of food, agriculture, and health by building the University's capacity in research, learning, and community engagement.  Her discussion provided a model for Engaging University Partners and Development of Local Funding Strategies.

Following the panel presentation, participants engaged in a World's Cafe-style discussion identifying opportunities for development in the local foods movement within our region. 

Discussion will be moderated by members of the University of Illinois Extension Small Farms and Local Foods System, Community and Economic Development Teams, and University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts as well as local leaders from the Greater Peoria Region.

Our day concluded with a focus on Sharing Discoveries and Ideal for Action.  Our opening panelists helped to guide a concluding conversation, engaging participants in a discussion to shape our future direction for growing local foods systems.

You can find materials from our first Food Summit below.