local food

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.
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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.
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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

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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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Where Fresh Is
5:47 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Illinois Promoting Local Foods

"Buy Illinois!" That's the message the state's Department of Agriculture has for consumers.

The state is promoting the idea by encouraging grocery stores and farmers' markets to take part in its new "Where Fresh Is" campaign.

Jennifer Tirey of the Agriculture Department said Illinois shoppers are more inclined to buy food if they know it's grown on Illinois farms. 

"It's always great to be a fan, a consumer, a purchaser of those locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables," said Tirey.

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Meeting Wednesday at City Hall
3:12 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Macomb Community Garden Taking Root

The Macomb Community Garden is looking forward to growing this year -- growing crops and growing membership.

An informational meeting will be held Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at Macomb City Hall.

Chairman John Miller said the garden provides an opportunity for those who want to garden but cannot do so at home because of poor soil, too much shade, or some other issue.

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