Band of Farmers: The Chicagoland CSA Coalition

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Band of Farmers: The Chicagoland CSA Coalition

Band of Farmers is a coalition of CSA farms serving the greater Chicago area to collaborate on educating consumers about local foods in general and the CSA model in particular.

Band of Farmers offers value to CSA farmers that serve the Chicagoland area by:

  • educating consumers about CSAs through tabling, e-newsletters, and a variety of tools on its website
  • augmenting member farms’ CSA marketing efforts
  • encouraging the creation of pickup sites in unserved or underserved communities
  • creating (or collaborating on) regional CSA expos in specific communities/suburbs
  • providing opportunities for member farms to cooperate with each other toward the common goal of spreading the word about CSAs

 

Primary membership in Band of Farmers is available to all CSA farms that serve the greater Chicago area with a CSA and grow or produce a majority of their CSA offerings. Supporting memberships are available to non-CSA farms, individuals, businesses, and organizations that support the coalition’s efforts and/or have a product to offer to CSA farms such as a potential add-on item.


Band of Farmers?! Where did that come from? Band of Farmers grew out of a Farmer Talent Show first held in March 2013 as a marketing effort of a dozen or so CSA farms. Farmers came together to let their hair down–and in some instances showed their silly sides–before the growing season began in earnest. The resulting coalition retained the name, Band of Farmers, to honor those humble and humorous beginnings. The Farmer Talent Show remains an annual event. “Talent” is defined pretty loosely, but you’ll be amazed what these farmers can pull together in their (rare) spare time!

AREA

Central Illinois, Chicago Metro Area, Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana, Southern Wisconsin, Southwest Michigan

LOCATION

c/o Illinois Stewardship Alliance 230 Broadway St Suite 200 Springfield, IL 62701

CONTACT

Board of Band of Farmers
info@bandoffarmers.org
872.239.4CSA (4272)
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