About

THE PROJECT


Routes to Farm is a collaboration of Farmer Alliances in the regional “foodshed” of greater Chicago dedicated to training the emerging generation of local and sustainable farmers. We make resources available to farmers who are launching or growing their farm businesses for the local and sustainable food and farm economy.

THE GOALS


TO HELP FARMERS:

  • Network with other farmers who share interests, expertise and common challenges
  • Find trainings, mentors and markets to meet their needs
  • Gain on-farm experience and learn best practices from farmer peers
  • Access region-specific resources, such as suppliers, varieties and consultants
  • Attract qualified employees and services

TO HELP FARMER ALLIANCES:

  • Attract beginning farmers and farmers who aren’t currently linked to networks
  • Develop and share best practices in farmer training and public outreach
  • Interface and forge partnerships with organizations from other regions

TO STRENGTHEN FOOD SYSTEMS

  • Provide a public online tool to help farmers find services, member organizations and programs
  • Feature farmer-led alliances, organizations and networks
  • Identify services based on which constituencies they serve and how they help farmers overcome common agricultural barriers
  • Provide links to the resources provided by other networks

OUR SUPPORTERS


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