If you are a Central Illinois farmer producing food for our local community, Edible Economy and Heartland Community College would like to invite you to be part of an important Farmer Community Organizing Meeting for the Central Illinois Food Hub Network:
Thursday, February 7, 2013
4:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Heartland Community College
A light supper featuring local food will be served, so please let us know if you can join us by January 31.
Here is the key questionthat we will be exploring in this meeting:
As a community of local food producers and consumers, are we ready to tackle the gaps in our local food infrastructure and work together to get an efficient food hub network in place for the 2014 growing season?
Here is a preliminary outline of plans for this meeting:
- We will explore opportunities for building the aggregation, marketing, and distribution infrastructure needed to expand the market for local food in our region.
- The Edible Economy Project and Heartland Community College will share information about some initial concepts and resources, along with details about a USDA RBEG grant awarded to Heartland Community College for technical assistance (consulting services and training).
- We will work together to identify other resources available to help in building the infrastructure for local food–and we will brainstorm ideas for getting much-needed infrastructure in place by the 2014 growing season.
- Finally, and most importantly, we will make a community decision whether to move ahead with this work.
If you know other farmers who might want to be part of this conversation, please pass this invitation along–and ask them to RSVP, if they can join us. All of your voices and experiences will be essential to the success of this meeting.
If you have questions or thoughts you would like to share before this meeting, please let us know. You can call Catherine Dunlap at 309-268-8443 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We very much hope you can join us at Heartland Community College on February 7. RSVP now to reserve your place. We need to hear from you no later than February 3 so we know how much food to prepare. We will provide additional details after receiving your RSVP.
Map of Central Illinois Farmers
Take a look at this map showing farms currently on our invitation list. Feel free to forward this invitation to farmers not on this list and ask them to send us an RSVP.