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Local Foods, Local Farms, Local People

Local Foods, Local Farms, Local People highlights Illinois specialty crop and livestock farmers all across the state who are changing the way we think about food and our relationship to it, one bite at a time. 

Our team and our blog cover everything from the humble beginnings of our growers, to details of sustainable production methods in the field, marketing challenges and successes, and everything in between. Through our investigations of these topics with the farmers of Illinois, we strive to improve local foods systems, access and availability by sharing their collective knowledge with our readers. 

Find these stories at Local Foods, Local Farms, Local People 


Illinois Fruit and Vegetable News

A newsletter to provide timely, research-based information that commercial fruit and vegetable growers can apply to benefit their farming operations. To be added to the email notifications for this newsletter contact Nathan Johanning or Bronwyn Aly


Urban Ag Connect

Get field updates about the South Suburban Cook Urban Agriculture Demonstration and Research Farm, hear about how Master Urban Farmer graduates are applying what they've learned in their communities, read the latest posts from the Cultivate Cook County blog, and never miss hearing about an upcoming in-person and virtual programs.



  • Urban Ag Connect: What's the best way to trellis and prune tomatoes? How can you help crops survive cold temperatures? Check out Zach Grant's video series for tips, step-by-step demonstrations, and techniques used at our urban research farm.