A couple of upcoming conferences in Springfield

November 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm

The Illinois Stewardship Alliance, a statewide organization dedicated to promoting and advocating for local food issues, will be holding its Second Annual Meeting at Erin’s Pavilion in Springfield on December 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Various speakers will talk about local and sustainable food issues as well as their accomplishments over the past year.  Attendees will be able to participate in discussions that will affect the direction of Illinois Stewardship Alliance for years to come.


Confirmed speakers for the event include:

  • Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners
  • DeKalb County Community Gardens
  • Farmed Here
  • Hendrick House
  • Illinois Wine
  • Ludwig Farmstead
  • Slow Food Springfield
  • Sugar Grove Family Farms


There will also be a seed swap during the event and an after meeting $25 tasting menu at American Harvest Eatery in Springfield. The fee for the Illinois Stewardship Alliance Second Annual Meeting is free for members and $25 for non-members. The cost to become a member is also $25 and those who join will then get in for free.


Those who wish to attend the Illinois Stewardship Alliance Second Annual Meeting can find out more information at the ISA website: http://www.ilstewards.org/. Contact ISA at isa@ilstewards.org or call 217-528-1563


The 2013 Acres U.S.A. Conference will be held in the three days following the Illinois Stewardship Alliance Second Annual Meeting, also in Springfield. From the Acres U.S.A. website:

“The annual Acres U.S.A. conference sets the standards for innovation and learning. It is where you find farmers and consultants from every side of eco-farming who come together to share their experience and expertise. Attend the non-stop event, learn the latest in cutting-edge technology and methods, and return home ready to make your farming operation the best it can be.”




During the conference’s three days there will be a pre-conference study, seminars & workshops, a trade show, and rooms that will be dedicated to eco-consultants and staffed throughout the day by some of the leading advisors in eco-agriculture.

Attendees are being advised to bring soil audits, yield data, herd health records, etc. This conference has been held for over 40 years and is being held this year at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center. Those interested in attending can find out more at the Acres U.S.A. website: http://www.acresusa.com.

Just In – Volunteers Needed!  If you can’t swing the  ACRES USA $200 conference fee, you can get a free, three-day pass in exchange for roughly 4-6 hours of volunteer work during the conference. Anyone interested can email alyse@acresusa.com for for details, information, or to sign up.