Illinois Stewardship Alliance

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Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Illinois Stewardship Alliance promotes environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially just, local food systems through policy development, advocacy, and education.

We envision a system where soils are treated as a precious resource, local food producers earn a fair, living wage, local food education is integrated into all levels of education, infrastructure is rebuilt to accommodate local food systems and good food is available for all.

Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA) is a membership-based organization.  If you are a local food producer, concerned citizen or food-systems related organization, we invite you to join us!  Alliance members span the state and have one thing in common: they all care about the food that is produced and consumed in Illinois and want to support the increase of fresh, local foods.

Some of our major programs and work include:

The Buy Fresh Buy Local Central Illinois chapter: A chapter of farmers, restaurants, retailers, and distributors dedicated to opening up new markets for farmers and connecting consumers to the farms and businesses where they can find locally-grown food. More info at

Chef-Farmer Mixers: Events held to connect local chefs and farmers and overcome the challenges of selling to restaurants and sourcing locally.

Local Flavors Restaurant Series: A series of farm-to-table events held at restaurants across central Illinois. Participating restaurants agree to create a special meal sourced directly from central Illinois farmers. The series opens up new markets for farmers, gives chefs an opportunity to test the waters in sourcing locally, and gives diners a chance to taste the best flavors of Illinois.

Policy Work: The Alliance works on a number of food and farming related policy issues on both the state and federal level in order to support small farmers and increase access to fresh, locally-grown food.

Conservation Work: The Alliance works to increase land and water conservation practices among row crop farmers through field days, presentations, and various other educational materials.


Central Illinois, Chicago Metro Area, Eastern Illinois, Northern Illinois


230 Broadway Suite 200, Springfield, IL


Molly Gleason
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