Lunch & Learn Workshop
Nov
15
11:00 AM11:00

Lunch & Learn Workshop

HUNGER & HEALTH
IMPORTANCE OF FOSTERING HEALTHY EATING AT THE START

FOOD INSECURITY IS A HUGE ISSUE IN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY.
1 IN 6 YOUTH IN ILLINOIS ARE CONSIDERED FOOD INSECURE.

Inadequate nutrition can permanently alter a child's brain growth leading to stunted IQ and learning/social challenges. Join us to learn the role hunger plays in a child's development, how to encourage children to try new foods, and how to offer foods repeatedly to shape healthy eaters.

11:00am - 11:30am
(lunch provided)

11:30am - 1:00pm
(workshop)

Presenter:

Kaitlyn Streitmatter
Extension Educator - IL Nutrition Education Program
University of Illinois Extension

To register, contact jill.mcclintock@uhsinc.com
(309) 221-9871

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Greater Peoria Food Innovation Meetup
Jul
31
5:00 PM17:00

Greater Peoria Food Innovation Meetup

Do you have a locally produced food product you are trying to get on more shelves? Do you have a food industry technology? A product idea that requires a commercial kitchen? Maybe a restaurant or grocery trying to more efficiently source local foods?

Join us on Wednesday, July 31 for our inaugural Greater Peoria Food Innovation Meetup at Sous Chef in Peoria's historic Warehouse District!

This initial gathering of food innovators from across the region will focus on introductions, networking and conversations around the perceived gaps that exist in the overall food innovation ecosystem within Greater Peoria. All food innovators and entrepreneurs (established or aspiring) are welcome!

FREE EVENT - REGISTER HERE

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Down to Earth Systems Workshop at Spence Farms
Jul
19
to Jul 20

Down to Earth Systems Workshop at Spence Farms

A TWO DAY INTENSIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE ON REGENERATIVE SYSTEMS.

This exclusive, unique opportunity to gain insights into the inner workings of Spence Farms. They will look at soil and plant health management, equipment, livestock, grain production and milling, harvesting and packing, record keeping, marketing and building multi-farm cooperatives. This will be an intense and open discussion with plenty of time for questions and answers. Nothing held back!

Spence Farms will provide all meals, chef prepared! Also included will be plenty of specific information on resources, ideas and actual documents to help you model your farm or cooperative experience. Free on farm tent camping is available. Non-campers may seek accommodations at area hotels. This will be a great environment for sharing information between all participants. This two-day event is limited to the first 30 people. Cost is $500.00. To reserve your spot, email Marty at mandk@thespencefarm.com

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RFFC - Quarterly Network Meeting
Jul
12
9:00 AM09:00

RFFC - Quarterly Network Meeting

Mark your calendar for the next RFFC meeting! 

Come one and all to share your projects, programs, opportunities, and challenges toward building a strong regional food economy!

Have something you want to share with the group? Put together a 5 min presentation and bring materials to share. We intend for these meetings to be an opportunity for your to share your work, build partnerships, and find needed resources.

Planning to attend? Take a moment to let us know HERE.

Get the event agenda HERE

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Local Foods, Local Places Workshop
May
22
to May 23

Local Foods, Local Places Workshop

Organized by a variety of public and private partners, the Local Foods, Local Places workshop will take place Wednesday, May 22 andThursday, May, 23. We will concentrate on creating and implementing a local food plan, focusing in particular on Peoria’s South Side. We will build upon work already being done in the community, while drawing from relevant data and trends. Meals and refreshments will be available both days of the workshop.
 
Preceding the Wednesday workshop, there will be an interactive, pop-up tour of 1312 SW Adams, currently out for Request for Inquiry, envisioned as a Community Engagement Center addressing local food and health access needs. The location of the pop-up tour is only a few-hundred feet away from the workshop, so individuals can easily attend both events.
 
You can register for the event and pop-up tour here. Event times and locations listed below.
 
Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out:
Sara Maillacheruvu
City of Peoria, Community Development
309.494.8634
smaillacheruvu@peoriagov.org


Community Engagement Center Pop-Up Tour
Weds., May 22
1312 SW Adams St., Peoria, IL 61602
Two tours, choose preferred time
Tour, 3 – 3:45 pm
Tour, 4 – 4:45 pm
 
Workshop, Day 1
Weds., May 22
214 Pecan St., Peoria, IL 61602
5:30 – 8 pm
 
Workshop, Day 2
Thurs., May 23
214 Pecan St., Peoria, IL 61602
9 am – 5 pm

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Power of Procurement Conference
May
15
to May 17

Power of Procurement Conference

  • South Shore Cultural Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Power of Procurement: Good Food for our Future

This is a two day convening for national and regional food system leaders, designed to deepen the knowledge base and coordination of those interested in advancing food procurement strategies and the advocacy ecosystem of supportive municipalities.

Learn more at: https://powerofprocurement.org/

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Mindshare Midwest: Innovating the Food Chain of the Future
Apr
25
to Apr 26

Mindshare Midwest: Innovating the Food Chain of the Future

Mindshare Midwest brings together world-class business minds from various industries to share ideas and advance real leadership. The focus of the discussion shifts from year to year, similar to the ever-changing and fast-paced business climate you face today.

In 2019, we will be focusing on “Innovating the Food Chain of the Future: Celebrating the Life and Vision of Dr. Norman Borlaug.

Register HERE.

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2019 Local Food Lobby Day
Apr
10
9:00 AM09:00

2019 Local Food Lobby Day

On Wednesday, April 10th, local food advocates, farmers, and citizens from across the state will come together in Springfield for Local Food Lobby Day to encourage their legislators to support local food and farms. Local Food Lobby Day will consist of a lobby training, a legislative update on the important bills, and lunch (consisting of locally grown and prepared food of course!). Join us in striking up honest conversations with our legislators about the importance of local food systems to our health, communities, and environment, and advocating for positive policy solutions that support local farms and wholesome food access for all.

Find more info and Register HERE

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RFFC - Quarterly Network Meeting
Apr
5
9:00 AM09:00

RFFC - Quarterly Network Meeting

  • Community Foundation of Central Illinois (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mark your calendar for the next RFFC meeting!  This will kickoff the new schedule of Quarterly Network Meetings of the ever-expanding network of people and organizations working together to improve Greater Peoria's food system.

We are planning this as an interactive and creative meeting where everyone will participate in crafting an Aspirational Vision for our region's food system.  Be there to make sure your voice is heard and part of this Vision!  This Vision will be the foundation for a new regional sustainable food systems strategic plan.

There will also be time for sharing your projects and programs.  This is your time and place to gain new partners, find new resources, and make sure you are plugged in to the many great food systems developments in our region.

Planning to attend? Take a moment to let us know HERE

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Developing a Food Safety Plan for Community Gardens Workshop
Mar
27
9:00 AM09:00

Developing a Food Safety Plan for Community Gardens Workshop

  • Peoria City/County Health Department Conference Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Are you a community garden manager or volunteer, or are have an interest in learning about food safety in community gardens? Food safety is of the utmost importance to everyone involved in the food chain, from planting and harvesting to the dinner table. This workshop aims to help current and future community garden managers and volunteers manage food safety in a community garden.

Register today!

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ReGenerate Illinois Summit
Mar
14
8:00 PM20:00

ReGenerate Illinois Summit

Join ReGenerate Illinois and our partner organizations for the ReGenerate Illinois Summit: Small Grains + Agroforestry + Markets on Thursday, March 14, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Epiphany Farms Restaurant in Bloomington, Illinois. Farmers in the Middle Mackinaw Watershed and the IDEA Farm Network are encouraged to come together with value supply chain representatives and invest in a day of conversations and collaboration that look to the future of Illinois sustainable food resources. Low commodity prices are driving many farmers to look for out-of-the-box solutions and crops like oats, wheat, rye, peas, and dry beans can be an excellent addition to an existing production system.

REGISTER HERE

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IIRA Annual Rural Community & Economic Development Conference
Mar
6
to Mar 7

IIRA Annual Rural Community & Economic Development Conference

The 30th Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference begins on Tuesday evening (March 5) with a Welcome Reception at 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday, the morning plenary session features speakers who will focus on bringing the recovery to rural Illinois.

This year multiple sessions will focus on rural food access!

Register HERE

Conference brochure HERE

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Peoria Grown: Kids Can Cook Classes
Feb
22
4:00 PM16:00

Peoria Grown: Kids Can Cook Classes

Kids can cook and should cook. Peoria Grown’s main focus is the access to and introduction of healthy eating practices at a young age to build the foundation of long term health. Kids that cook:

★ Use math and science in a real world application ★ Gain confidence in their ability to work with their hands and creativity ★ Learn practical skills to be more independent Participants go home with ingredients of the featured meal to recreate at home

Call (309) 671-5200 or stop by Peoria Friendship House to reserve a spot. Only 10 seats available!

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RFFC Webinar: RFFC listerv and Google drive tutorial
Feb
21
2:00 PM14:00

RFFC Webinar: RFFC listerv and Google drive tutorial

Join us for the first in the new series of food system webinar learning opportunities!

For this first one we will review the current RFFC sharing tools to make sure everyone knows how to access the resources that are being collected and use tools such as the RFFC listserv to easily communicate with other food system stakeholders in the region.

Call in information:

Phone: (605)313-4141

Access Code: 390364#

Join the online meeting: http://join.freeconferencecall.com/rcottrell


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U of I Extension Webinar: Think Global, Eat Local
Feb
21
12:00 PM12:00

U of I Extension Webinar: Think Global, Eat Local

According to the most recent statistics available from Feeding America, about 15 percent of Illinoisans live with food insecurity, struggling sometime during the year to get the food they need. Children in Illinois are even worse off, with one in five not having enough to eat.  University of Illinois Extension's Local Government Education webinar, Think Global, Eat Local, will highlight Illinois Extension programming designed to assist community leaders and others in addressing the need for additional food access in their communities. 

Participants will have the opportunity to learn how communities can partner with Illinois Extension to improve the lives of their citizens through local food projects, including community gardens, mobile markets, food banks and more. The presenters will discuss: food insecurity; planning a community food project; sustainability through fundraising; as well as how to promote volunteer and youth involvement. Participants will also learn about ways to provide your community with healthier food options and a higher quality of life while encouraging community engagement and environmental sustainability.

REGISTER HERE!

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Peoria Grown: Free Cooking Classes
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

Peoria Grown: Free Cooking Classes

Learn Cook, Eat, Repeat.

  • Learn the nutrition of the meal. All meals will be good for your body and good to eat.

  • Cook the meal to familiarize yourself with proper prep techniques.

  • Eat (the best part)

  • Repeat the meal with family and friends using the necessary ingredients sent home with you.

***Child care is provided***

Call 309-671-5200 or stop in Peoria Friendship House to sign-up. Reserve your spot; only 10 spots available!

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Peoria Grown: At the Store
Feb
9
10:00 AM10:00

Peoria Grown: At the Store

A Guided Grocery Store Visit to Help Families Buy Healthy, Affordable Foods

Dietitian Lauren Williams will explore skills like:

● Buying fruits and vegetables on a budget ● Comparing prices to find bargains ● Reading and comparing food labels ● Identifying whole grains ● Sticking to your budget!

Questions? Call (309) 671- 5200.

Meet at Peoria Friendship House (800 NE Madison Ave, Peoria IL 61603) to sign-in and receive a free ride to Hy-Vee!

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