A Healthy Farm to Fork Future Ken Myszka Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group Our Earth Now Environment (392.09 p.p.m. in 2009 and today, 399.47 p.p.m) Nutrition (40% decrease in 4 decades) Health (Over-fed, malnourished) Flavor (Shipping Ability Focused) Jeopardized Soil Health and Biological Activity Our Earth Now.. Our food is not just deficient in nutrient but becoming toxic. Conventional vs. Organic Production Know Thy Farmer Who’s growing our food? Some Farms Near Us PrairiErth Farm (Atlanta, IL) Ackerman Farm (Chenoa, IL) South Pork Ranch (Chatsworth, IL) Henry’s Farm (Congerville, IL) Brown’s Fresh Produce (Bloomington, IL) Dearing County Farm (Bloomington, IL) Epiphany Farms Enterprise (Bloomington, IL) Kilgus Farmsteas (Fairbury, IL) Prairie Fruits Farm (Champaign, IL) Spence Farm (Fairbury, IL) Funks Grove Pure Maple Syrup (Shirley, IL) Local Farms Supplying Your Dinner Table How do we get local, beyond organic food to our families dinner table? Channels Farmers CSA Markets (Community Supported Agriculture) Grocery Stores Restaurants Work Shares Community Gardens Co-Ops Buying Clubs Local Farmers Markets • • • • • Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market (Sat. 7:30am – noon) Uptown Normal Trailside Market (Tue 3:30 - 6pm) Downs Village Market (Wed. 4 - 6pm) Peoria Heights Farm Market (Wed. 3:30 – 6:30pm) Urbana’s Market at The Square (Sat. 7am – noon) Voting with your FORK! CSA Community Supported Agriculture Henry’s Farm(Eureka, IL) PrairiErth Farm (Atlanta, IL) Browns Fresh Produce (Bloomington) Dearing County Farms (Bloomington) Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery (Champaign) Cook Farm (Bloomington, IL) Sunny Lane / Teresa’s Fruit and Herb Farm Trimbles Farm (Heyworth, IL) Grocery Stores Organic Selection Naturally Yours Fresh Market Common Ground Urbana Co-Op Green Top (Soon, with your support!) Responsible Restaurants Station Two Twenty Anju Above Medici Destihil Two Blokes and a Bus Harvest Café (Delavan, IL) Bacaro (Champaign, IL) Work Shares Local Farms provide stipends Epiphany Farms Example 8-10 work share positions May through November 5hr (crop share for two people) 10hr (crop share for 3-4 people) Includes… Produce, Eggs, Meat and Milk Co-Ops Green Top Grocery Common Ground Food Co-Op (Champaign, IL) Buying Clubs Arcola Fairbury Connecting Organizations Resources Leading Organizations Illinois Stewardship Alliance Buy Fresh Buy Local Golden Beet Award Spence Farm Foundation Stewards of The Land Land Connection Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network (CIFSN) Now, Your Table How to get fit by saying NO. 1. Getting it to your kitchen Eating Local on the cheap Buying when in Season Looking out for important local production Honey Eggs Milk Seasonal Produce High Quality Protein 2. Peer Policing Bad Habits Stop going through the drive through and don’t bring your big gulp around… What to look out for? Fast Food Preservatives Artificial Colors Corn Syrup Sweet n Low/ Aspartame Refined Sugar Commercial Hygiene Products 3. Working Out for a Purpose How? Farm Mobbing Volunteer for a brighter future Farm Fresh Food Farm Fresh Conversation Healthy Sense Air of Purpose and Pride An Epiphany Inspiring the next generation Providing Building leadership for a brighter future a healthy workplace Enriching our meals, our lives and our land Spring to a great Start Start growing something Spring Farm Tour… Winter Growing Soil Blocks and Transplants Pruning for a purpose Perennials bounce to life Winter Annuals Still Alive Garden Planning and Strategy The End A realistic look at our successful future as a global nation, as we rise to the occasion and make a difference.