In partnership with local farmers, schools, businesses, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and community members in the 32 Central Illinois counties surrounding Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana, Peoria, and Springfield, the EDIBLE ECONOMY PROJECT is facilitating development of local food production, distribution, and processing capabilities. Our goal is to foster a healthier, more self-sufficient community where more local money goes back into local communities.
We have a core group of organizations, governmental entities, and citizens with an interest in local foods and a commitment to advancing social responsibility, food justice, self-sufficiency, and sustainability within our community.
The Edible Economy Project is a collaborative effort involving the following organizations. If your organization would like to become an Edible Economy partner, click here.
The following organizations are currently participating in the Edible Economy Steering Group:
Current partners also include:
In addition, the project has an active following of over 200 stakeholders, including farmers, government officials, chefs, restaurant executives, local schools and universities, and food justice organizations.
EDIBLE ECONOMY is also a member of the Great Lakes Food Hub Network sponsored by Fresh Taste in Chicago. Membership in this network gives us access to the expertise and experiences of other food system professionals across a multi-state area—and it connects us to other markets and resources that will be beneficial to Central Illinois, as our work progresses.
The Edible Economy Project is a component fund of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, which serves as fiscal agent.