local food

More Members & Producers
4:30 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Macomb Food Co-op Reaping Online Benefits

The online market opened by the Macomb Food Co-op in April continues to grow in popularity among shoppers and producers.

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Local Foods, Organics
9:49 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Farm Bill Programs Target Aid for Smaller Farms

The new farm bill includes more money to promote local food and farmers markets.
Credit Overduebook/Flickr

The Farm Bill was passed in February. But now, piece by piece, it’s taking effect. We’re beginning to see how parts of the farm bill are doing more to help farmers go small.

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Marketing the Farm Experience
10:39 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Agritourism a Growing Opportunity

Blake Bohlender attended a three-day camp at Laughing Buck Farm near Fort Collins, Colorado
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Farms aren’t just for food any more.

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Local Foods, Urban Markets
11:48 am
Fri May 9, 2014

USDA to Use Rural Development Money for Local Food Connections

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says local food projects in cities that show a direct benefit to rural producers can be considered for USDA loan guarantees.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

Recognizing that the demand for local food is growing to between $5 and 7 billion a year, the USDA announced a new effort aimed at connecting farmers with urban shoppers.

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Multi-Part Series
11:18 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The Local Food Challenge

Students at Waukon High School in Iowa grow carrots, tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetables for school lunches in an on-campus greenhouse.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

Harvest Public Media’s three-part series takes a look at the growing national popularity of local foods.

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Macomb Food Cooperative
6:43 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Online Market for Local Foods

Some of the foods available through the online market
Credit Rich Egger

The Macomb Food Co-op plans to open a store in Macomb. But until it can make that happen, it’s found another way to make local foods available.

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Prairie Land Conservancy
1:32 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Supporting Local Foods & Open Space

A vegetarian dish from last year’s dinner
Credit Amber Patrick

The Prairie Land Conservancy will host its 2nd Annual Extending the Prairie Table Fundraising Dinner.

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Kids Learn to be Urban Farmers
9:42 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

"Farm to Fork" Teaches Kids to Farm in Town

The Farm to Fork camp at Knox's Urban Farm.
SSS

In a small classroom at Knox College, a group of kids sat in a circle of tables, surrounded by seed catalogs and marked up sheets of paper.

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Needs Money to go Statewide
3:17 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Using Food Stamps at IL Farmers Markets

View of the Farmers Market on the square in Macomb.
Credit SSS

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is trying to get more people to take advantage of program designed to encourage low income people to use public assistance to buy fresh and local produce, but there are challenges for residents of Western Illinois who want to use the program.

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May Boost Local Food Movement.
2:13 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

USDA Creates New Microloan Program

Credit USDA

The USDA has launched a new microloan program that it says is designed to help small and family operations along with beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers.

According to a  local farm loan specialist  it may especially help a specific kind of small farmer, and give a boost to the local food movement.

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