Engaging Institutions in Developing Regional Food Systems:


Photo Credit: Katie Davison
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus Farm

Hosted by Center for Governmental Studies-Northern Illinois University


On Tuesday, October 15, over 75 leaders in the regional food system came together to discuss how institutions could support the development of regional food systems. This day-long gathering took place at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois where participants were able to tour the on-campus, student-run farm. Participants heard panel discussions on existing initiatives and resources within our region. 

Panelist Presentations

Patsy Benveniste, Vice President, Education and Community Programs, Chicago Botanic Garden
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Victoria Cooper, Director Emeritus, Environmental Technology Program, Wilbur Wright College
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Christopher Merrett, Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University
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Richard Weinzierl, Professor and Extension Entomologist, IL SARE PDP Coordinator, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois
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Julia Govis, Program Coordinator, Illinois Farm to School, Region 1 Office
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Dan Kenney, Director, DeKalb County Community Gardens
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Rob Montalbano, Slow Food Board Member, Montalbano Farms
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Project Opportunities

Thank you all for participating in the selection of the winning project sponsored by the PASCAL International Observatory.  The voting response was very good and resulted in two winning proposals -Presenting a Free Educational Community Workshop and Presenting an Educational Land Summit. The $500 award will be divided between the two proposals. The Center for Governmental Studies will provide two hundred fifty dollars of in-kind services such as meeting space, facilitation, consulting or other resources necessary for the implementation of these projects.  CGS is also pleased to announce that we would like to work with the group that submitted the third proposal Tailoring a Food Forest to a Community and will follow up to offer our assistance.

We will use this space to keep you informed about the progress of the projects, so check back often!  

Feedback from or conference evaluation indicated a strong interest in continuing the discussion about Engaging Institutions in Developing Local Food Systems through future conferences. We appreciate your participation and input and look forward to future collaborations in developing sustainable regional food systems. 

Thank you to our Sponsors: