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Read article: Coalition supports food safety, food access, and expansion opportunities through grants to local organizations
Coalition supports food safety, food access, and expansion opportunities through grants to local organizations
Many families struggle to have adequate access to enough nutritious foods to support an active and healthy lifestyle. There is no one answer to the...
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Read article: Focusing on food costs
Focusing on food costs
Have your groceries been eating up your budget lately? If you have noticed the increased cost of buying food, you are not alone. Some current...
An abundant harvest: Donating garden crops to food pantries variety of garden produce organized on a table display including cauliflower, lemons, herbs, carrots, corn, tomatoes, egg plant and butternut squash
Read article: An abundant harvest: Donating garden crops to food pantries
An abundant harvest: Donating garden crops to food pantries
As the summer days pass by, garden harvest becomes a regularly performed task of our Master Gardeners. The demonstration gardens that were so...
boxes of vegetables with Local Food Purchasing Assistance logo and Extension logo
Read article: LFPA to strengthen Illinois food system
LFPA to strengthen Illinois food system
Illinois has $28M to support local farmers and fight hunger in Illinois through USDA’s Local Food Purchasing Assistance (LFPA) program. LFPA aims to...

News Releases

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Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Grants Available
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announces $6.4 million in competitive grant funds will be available for projects designed to help strengthen the state’s food supply chain. The program, Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure program (RFSI), is a cooperative...
A freshly mulched donation garden.
Southern Illinois donation garden feeds the community
MARION, Ill. – Food insecurity affects every community within our state, but it's not just about hunger. It's about having access to food options that meet nutritional needs, which is particularly important for individuals and families with limited resources. Through collaborative...

Videos

School and Community Gardens Learning Module

Bring the garden into the schoolyard with our online School and Community Gardens Self-Paced Learning Modules. A school garden can be many things, from a pollinator garden, to a sensory garden, or a bulb garden. Our online learning modules focus on vegetable gardening while we take you on a...

Staff

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Mark Becker

4-H Youth Development Extension Specialist, Food Systems
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Makala Bach

LFPA Family and Consumer Sciences Visiting Outreach Associate