The Illinois Farm to School Network (IFSN) is a member organization. We hold meetings quarterly for members on farm to school topics such as school gardens, wellness policies, local food procurement, food education and more. Members are able to network and share farm to school best practices, or simply to learn more.
The IFSN is based out of the non-profit Seven Generations Ahead. SGA does advocacy work for farm to school legislation through the IFSN. Any policy or legislative advocacy is done to increase the goals of the farm to school program and is not a reflection of the members of the IFSN.
As of April 2017, 891 individuals have joined the IFSN. Here are some of the organizations, businesses and schools that they represent!
Generation Healthy Kids, Springfield Illinois
GenH Kids is a leading organization in the Springfield area that works directly with schools, featuring programs such as Grow Your Grub, Destination Dinner Table, Eat Real At School and Seeds of Possibility. GenH aims to create a generation of healthy kids through education, empowerment, improved nourishment and increased physical activity, thereby reducing the incidence of childhood obesity and its detrimental health effects.
Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield IL
Illinois Stewardship Alliance is an organization that promotes environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially just, local food systems through policy development, advocacy and education. ISA envisions soil being 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 to all. ISA works to increase the availability of fresh local foods through local food promotion, policy work, and conservation work.
University of Illinois Extension
The U of I Extension Program is an outreach effort from U of I at Urbana-Champaign but is based in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). The Extension program offers educational programs to the 102 counties in Illinois in addition to making life better, healthier, safer, and more profitable for individuals and communities. U of I extension offers five broad areas of educational programs in healthy society, food security and safety, environmental stewardship, sustainable and profitable food production and marketing systems, and enhancing youth, family, and community well-being. University of Illinois Extension does not endorse any specific product, company, or service, but rather offers information based upon scientific research.
USDA Farm to School, Chicago, IL
Farm to School is a program that is operated by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service agency. This program works to provide information and support to help schools procure locally grown food. The program also promotes greater use of locally procured foods to be used and served in schools.
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL
SIU’s College of Agricultural Sciences has a long history of working with small, local producers. Many professors are partnered with the Illinois Farmers Market Association, University of Illinois Extension, and the Illinois State Board of Education. SIU also holds networking conferences between farmers and school food service managers.
Ill. Dept. of Public Health, Springfield IL
The Illinois department of public health works to prevent and control of disease, promote safe and healthy communities, protect food, air, water and the environment, advocate for improved health policies, and collaborate and partner with other organizations to achieve a coordinated response to community health issues through the division of six offices focused on different areas of public health.
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Services, Mattoon, IL
Sarah Bush Lincoln health center is a non-for-profit regional hospital, located in Coles County, Illinois. Sarah Bush Lincoln has a mission to provide excellent care for all and to create healthy communities with a strong emphasis on the following values: integrity, respect, compassion, excellence, leadership, stewardship, innovation, and partnership.
Chicago Public Schools, Chicago IL
Chicago Public Schools provides quality education to Chicago children. CPS works with the core beliefs that every student is capable of success, every student must receive equal access to high-quality education and children come first especially with academic achievement and well-being. The Office of Health and Student Wellness has a farm to school team that works on school gardens and increasing local food in the cafeteria. CPS serves two local food items per week and participates in the School Food FOCUS Upper Midwest Regional Learning Lab.
DuPage Health Dept. DuPage FORWARD, Wheaton IL
The DuPage Health Department’s FORWARD Coalition (Fighting Obesity Reaching healthy Weight Among Residents of DuPage) aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity in the county of DuPage through educating children and families on the importance of eating healthy and exercising with an ultimate goal of making resident live healthy happy lives.
Fresh Taste, Chicago IL
Fresh Taste is a staffed funder initiative founded by a group of Chicago based foundations and city officials interested in changing how food is produced, processed and consumed in Chicago. Fresh Taste works to support the Chicago food system by funding a professional staff to advance their work, create and disperse grants through each of their foundations, and makes grants with the Good Food Fund which is outside of the Chicagoland region.
Seven Generations Ahead, Oak Park IL
SGA is a non-profit organization that promotes the development of ecologically sustainable and healthy communities and is partnered with the National Farm to School Network. SGA also works very closely with the local government, community, and private sector leaders to make a more sustainable future. SGA has created a farm to school curriculum to schools across the Midwest for the past ten years.
Angelic Organics Learning Center, Caledonia IL
Angelic Organics Learning Center is an educational nonprofit organization and is a partner to Angelic Organics farm. This organization works directly with urban and rural residents to help build local food systems. AOLC conducts many initiatives such as farm training, Urban Partnerships, and On-Farm initiatives along with advocating for food and farms.
Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield IL
LLCC in Springfield Illinois works in partnership with the U of I Extension, and has held workshops on putting small acres to work, which helps promote and education people on ways to increase local food production. In addition, LLCC has a Value Added local Food Program, which is a set of course that targets food Industry workers and farmers educating them on food issues, culinary skills, and business skills.
FarmLogix, Evanston IL
FarmLogix is a virtual hub that aggregates and connects local farms with schools in an online community. It also serves as a FTS solution to over 120 school districts in the Midwest. FarmLogix also offers the unique services of online ordering, FTS plan creation and menu consultation, distribution logistics management, marketing and reporting local purchases by farm, product, pound, and dollars spent.
Family Farmed, Oak Park IL
Family Farmed is a nonprofit organization that works directly with family farmers and national organizations that serve farmers and to work to increase local food systems. The organization also educates the public about consuming locally grown foods, supporting farm families, and how to become a local CSA program member.
The Kitchen Community, Chicago IL
The Kitchen Community is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that’s educates children on food, growing food, and healthier choices. The organization has built Learning Gardens in 200 schools. The Kitchen Community has created a curriculum called STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and offers free online courses in each of the categories.
Gardeneers, Chicago IL
Gardeneers is a group of dedicated leaders who support school gardens and empower students to learn more about nutrition and their local community. Their goal is to strengthen the current school curriculum through garden education for grade school students. This curriculum includes lesson plans and activities such as hands-on gardening, discussions, arts, crafts, and games focused around nutrition, community, and environmental stewardship.
Pilot Light, Chicago IL
Pilot Light is an organization that educates Chicago children with food through a curriculum which will help children make healthier decisions throughout their lives. Pilot light focuses on teaching grade school students about food culture, food origins, cooking techniques and healthy food choices.
DuPage County Farm Bureau, Dupage IL
The DuPage County FArm Bureau is a 501(c)(5), not-for-profit, individual membership association which was established in 1913, making it the oldest agricultural association in the U.S. It works to allow farmers to connect with other people to cooperatively strengthen and improve the role of agriculture in a prosperous economy in free America. The DuPage county Farm Bureau participates in Ag in the Classroom, which offers teacher resources, and programs.
PINT, Chicago IL
PINT is a company that creates juices from local and organic fruits and vegetables and delivers the juices based on subscriptions.
Liberty Prairie Foundation, Grayslake IL
The Liberty Prairie Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation. The foundation works to build and strengthen the local food system, while supporting healthy ecosystems and vibrant communities. Prairie Crossing Farm is the Headquarters for the foundation. The foundation offers many programs such as farm and youth development, leadership and financial support for sustainable local food system development, conservation and environmental education, and social entrepreneurship.
Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago IL
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a 501 (c) (3) organization that was established in 1978. The organization works in conjunction with manufacturers, distributors, farms, food retailers, food drives, government commodities, summing up to over 350 partners plus local community members. Over 68 million pounds of food is collected each year, which the food depository inspects, sorts, repacks, and distributes.
Get Fresh Produce, Bartlett IL
Get Fresh Produce Inc. is a privately held fresh produce distribution company owned by Gino Alimondi, since 1982. The mission and goal of the company is to continuously think of new ways of increasing the access, value and business of fresh produce. The company provides services to corporate clients and chefs, offers food safety training, and publishes produce recalls.
Compass USA, Chicago IL
British based Compass Group PLC established Compass USA in 1995 after acquiring Canteen Corporation. It provides food and vending to businesses and companies as a leading foodservice management and support services company. The company is Headquartered in North Carolina, but has associates in all 50 U.S. States.
Will County Health Dept, Joliet IL
The Will County Health Department has been serving the needs of a growing population since 1946. They provide comprehensive public health programs, behavioral health resources, and primary health care and dental services at facilities located in Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Monee. Their mission is to prevent disease and promote a healthier environment for all.
Triton College, River Grove IL
Triton College is a model of teaching excellence and student success. They are a community college that embraces the educational, training, and personal development needs of the diverse communities they serve through innovation in programs and approach to learning. Triton College is committed to student success through institutional and academic excellence, and providing a student-centered, lifelong learning environment for their diverse community.
St. Louis Dairy Council, St. Louis MO
St. Louis District Dairy Council (SLDDC) is a nonprofit nutrition education organization whose mission is to communicate the role and necessity of dairy foods as part of a healthful diet. Since 1932, SLDDC has worked with key leaders in the areas of education, health professions, consumer groups and media. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, SLDDC has satellite offices located in Bloomington, Illinois and Springfield, Illinois and serves a 131-county area. The staff of SLDDC is comprised of professionals with experience in education, food service management, nutrition, and communications. As “The Nutrition Education People,” St. Louis District Dairy Council prides itself on personal delivery of nutrition programming in the varied communities it serves.
Chef’s for a Day, Inc, Burr Ridge IL
Chefs For A Day, INC. offers a variety of cooking/nutrition education programs for children and adults.
Jackson County Health Department, Murphysboro IL
Jackson County Health Department (JCHD) has been providing a wide array of public health services for residents of Jackson County, Illinois since their doors opened in 1950. JCHD provides both individual services – such as immunizations and case management, and community services – such as disease surveillance/control and recycling drop-off sites. They are dedicated to improving the health of this community through both our direct efforts, and by collaborating with other community partners.
Tri State Local Foods Network, Pittsfield IL
Tri State Local Foods Network (TSLFN) is a research, training and advocacy organization concerned with a specific range of vital social, economic and ecological issues affecting the well-being of the people of Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa. To accomplish this mission, TSLFN promotes agricultural systems that are economically feasible, agronomically sound, and environmentally safe through a support network for farmers and consumers, educational programs for farmers and the general public, farmer-driven research and working relationships with other organizations.
C.H.I.L.D. Charitable Counseling, Breese IL
Counseling healthy interventions and life decisions for at-risk children-youth in Clinton County, IL.
Saint Louis University, St. Louis MO
Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic universities. SLU, which also has a campus in Madrid, Spain, is recognized for world-class academics, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service.
Regional Office of Education #35, Ottowa IL
As an intermediate agency between the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts, the office of the Regional Superintendent performs regulatory functions as directed by the Illinois School Code. In addition to coordinating and delivering state and local services, the Regional Superintendent acts as an advocate for education by providing positive leadership and disseminating information for educators, school districts and the public. Specific duties of the Regional Superintendent are stated in the School Code and can be summarized in two major areas, service and assurance to the public.
Hand Cut Foods, Chicago IL
HandCut Foods is passionate about food. Fresh food. Healthy food. Delicious food. Having worked and trained in culinary fine dining they know how to prepare exceptional food and deliver unparalleled service. Their company was born from the idea that someone should deliver that same exceptional food and service to cafeteria and catering foodservice. At HandCut Foods, their philosophy is to have a healthy balance in our lives and on our plates.
Columbia College, Chicago IL
Columbia College Chicago is an undergraduate and graduate institution whose principal commitment is to provide a comprehensive educational opportunity in the arts, communications, and public information within a context of enlightened liberal education. Columbia’s intent is to educate students who will communicate creatively and shape the public’s perceptions of issues and events and who will author the culture of their times. Columbia is an urban institution whose students reflect the economic, racial, cultural, and educational diversity of contemporary America. Columbia conducts education in close relationship to a vital urban reality and serves an important civic purpose by active engagement in the life and culture of the city of Chicago.
Kane County Development & Community Services, Geneva IL
The Development and Community Services Department oversees County Land Use Planning, Building Permits and Inspections for the unincorporated areas and the Villages of Virgil, Kaneville and Big Rock, the Kane County Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Maps, Agriculture and Farmland Programs, Historic Preservation, and Cable Television Administration for the unincorporated areas.
City of Evanston, Evanston IL
Stretching north from Howard Street and west from Lake Michigan, Evanston is a vibrant community comprising many strong neighborhoods, races, religions and levels of income. Home to Northwestern University, Evanston has a variety of excellent higher educational opportunities, as well as a successful public school system.
Nichols Farm and Orchard, Marengo IL
The Nichols Farm & Orchard story began in 1978 with Lloyd and Doreen Nichols’ backyard garden. Lloyd had always loved to garden, and with visions of becoming self sustained the family moved from Lombard and the backyard garden, to their first 10 acre parcel in Marengo, IL. They bought animals, made butter and cheese, cultivated 4 of the acres, and planted a small orchard. The yield was much more than Lloyd and the family needed, so he began selling the vegetables out of the back of his truck and became a vendor at the Evanston Farmers Market. Over 30 years later, Lloyd still considers himself a market gardener and attributes the vast variety of fruits and vegetables the farm cultivates to that gardener’s spirit and love for variety.
4 Lees Farm, Virginia IL
4 Lees Farm raises chemical-free pork, produce, and farm fresh chicken eggs. Pork is sold by the half or whole hog three times per year. Farm fresh chicken eggs are available by the dozen. Produce is grown using organic methods. Visit them on Face Book!
Sola Gratia Farm, Urbana IL
Sola Gratia Farm is a community-based farm dedicated to producing locally-grown, high-quality, natural produce. Started by St. Matthew Lutheran Church and Faith in Place in 2012, this four-acre community farm is committed to helping those who lack access to fresh produce. Members can join the CSA (community supported agriculture) program and receive 24 weeks of local and naturally grown vegetables while helping to contribute to community hunger assistance. Shares may also be purchased for direct donation to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. The farm promotes healthy lifestyles and community building through volunteering and service, special events and outreach and education programs.
Piato Cafe, Catering and Organic Food Nanny, Urbana IL
Independent thinker and business woman, Kelly Jo Lamb, has been playing in the kitchen since age 16. After studying at Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando, she came home to work for Milo’s restaurant. She then transformed their cafe into what is now Piato. What started out as a tiny café has now become a family of companies. Kelly is happy to bring together her passion for cooking and giving back to the community through Piato’s honest business.
Dominican University, River Forest IL
Founded in 1901 at St. Clara College in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, home of the Sinsinawa Dominicans, the university began as a women’s college under the fundamental values that continue to guide the university today—rigorous education, encouraging diversity of thought, a commitment to social justice, and close mentoring of students to enable them to make a positive difference in the world. Dominican is now viewed as a premier Catholic university and repeatedly is named among the top master’s-level universities in the Midwest for academic excellence and its continuing commitment to social justice.
Dunning Neighborhood Organization, Chicago IL
Dunning Neighborhood Organization enhances the quality of life in their community by encouraging communication, collaboration, and community pride among neighbors. They work together to support excellence in our schools, beautify our neighborhood, celebrate our diversity, and create a safe and welcoming community, while making friends of neighbors and having fun! The Dunning Neighborhood Organization is a non-political, non-sectarian, non-religious organization, operated and managed by its members.
LETS GO Chicago, Chicago IL
Leading the Energy Transition, Sprouting Green Opportunities (LET’S GO Chicago) developed out of a synergy between a youth garden program and the founding of a community house in Chicago in the summer of 2010. In its initial year, the program taught twenty neighborhood children how to grow food in the front yard of a house owned by United Church of Rogers Park while developing sustainability solutions for the property as a whole. Four years later our Children’s garden is still a staple within our organization, but the playground of our programming has expanded and evolved with exciting new initiatives.
University of Illinois Springfield, Springfield IL
The University of Illinois at Springfield provides an intellectually rich, collaborative, and intimate learning environment for students, faculty, and staff, while serving local, regional, state, national, and international communities.
365 Urban Foods, Elgin IL
365 Urban Foods believes in whole value. This starts with fully attentive farmers who love what they do, continues with responsible plant raising and pest control, and finishes with vegetables, fruits, lettuces and herbs picked at their peak ripeness for full flavor, beautiful color, and all of their natural vitamins and anti-oxidants. It does NOT include harsh chemicals, excess waste or large industrial systems. Visit them at local area farmer’s markets.
Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield IL
Illinois is a state of whole, healthy children nested in whole, healthy systems supporting communities wherein all citizens are socially and economically secure.
The Nutrition and Wellness Programs Division supports and promotes the overall wellbeing of children. Healthy meals and healthy habits are essential for readiness to learn and success in the classroom and beyond. Programs administered by the division include the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Service Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and the Special Milk Program.
Children’s Home Association of Illinois, Peoria IL
Children’s Home has been caring for the children in our community for 150 years. Operating from six locations in the Peoria area, their staff of 400+ professionals are committed to community-based, family-focused programs that provide counseling, education and support to more than 1,700 children and families each month. Programs for children and youth include: residential care, group homes, foster care and adoption, supervised independent living, private school, crisis intervention, mental health assessment, homeless services, in-home counseling and family preservation.
Healing Acres Farm, Chesterfield IL
At Healing Acres Farm, humane and sustainable practices, preserving heritage breeds, education and local attention are the primary focus. They offer a large variety of sustainable grown, chemical free produce, micro-greens and raise 100% grass-fed premium beef, lamb, goat, pastured pork, poultry and eggs. Animals are not treated with hormones or antibiotics and chemicals are not used on the land. Healing Acres has approximately two and a half acres of garden area and 700 square feet under high tunnels. Farm vegetables are organically grown although not certified organic.
University of IL at Urbana, Urbana IL
Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign community of students, scholars, and alumni is changing the world. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is charged by our state to enhance the lives of citizens in Illinois, across the nation and around the world through our leadership in learning, discovery, engagement and economic development.
The Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA), Northhampton MA
TESA has collaborated on projects ranging from building year long and nationwide programs to documentaries, conferences, interactive webinars, board games, handbooks, cooperative academies, community-based initiatives, and much more. TESA works with organizations to build educational tools, resources and programs that are participatory and based in social justice principles. They create tools and programs for your cause.
Tower Garden by Juice Plus, Collierville Tennessee
Founded in 1970 by school teacher-turned-entrepreneur, Jay Martin, The Juice Plus+ Company has been driven by the same goal since day one: to inspire healthy living around the world. Tower Garden, a vertical, aeroponic growing system, allows you to grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in less than three square feet—indoors or out. It is the perfect solution for urban schools with no outdoor growing space.
Riverside Research Institute, Champaign IL
Riverside Research is a not-for-profit organization chartered to advance scientific research in the public interest and in support of the United States government.
Since 1967, when it was formed from a respected research laboratory at Columbia University, Riverside Research has played a key role in the advancement of radar programs, pioneered breakthroughs in the fields of coherent optics and laser systems, and conducted seminal research in cancer detection and treatment. Riverside Research’s mission is to advance scientific research and to move research from the laboratory to the field for the benefit of the US Government and in the public interest.
Oswegoland Park District, Oswego IL
The Oswegoland Park District is a governmental agency responsible for acquiring, developing, and maintaining natural areas, parks, and leisure time facilities for area residents. The District also plans, develops and implements a wide range of recreational programs and activities that reflect the interests of all age groups in the Oswegoland community.
University of Illinois Extension Unit 11, Peoria IL
The University of Illinois extension unit 11 serves Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Units. The Peoria unit conducts 4H club which is a never – ending Adventure of new places and new people. In Community 4-H Clubs, members age 8 – 18 typically have a wide variety of interests and choose projects to explore based on their own interests. In SPIN 4-H Clubs, members share a common interest and select a project to focus on, such as robotics, animals, shooting sports, or karate. 4-H Cloverbud programs are for younger children age 5 to 7. Cloverbuds can be an independent group or they may meet at the same time as a 4-H community club.
Cunningham Children’s Home, Urbana IL
At Cunningham Children’s Home, a community converges to give hope to those who need it most—youth who suffer from serious emotional and behavioral challenges that have been caused by abuse, neglect, mental illness, and more.Through comprehensive programs and services, Cunningham provides expert care to help our kids learn positive coping and behavioral skills, to achieve realistic academic goals, and to develop the life skills necessary to be successful in our community.Cunningham Children’s Home’s vision is to see every child thrive by providing a safe place to heal, learn, and grow.
Madison County Government, Edwardsville IL
Madison County, Illinois was established and named for President James Madison in September 1812.Present day you will find 100s of miles of developed biking and hiking trails for your enjoyment. The nationally recognized university, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville (SIUE) prepares nearly 14,000 students a year for thriving careers in many fields including dentistry (DMD) and pharmacy (PharmD).The county is bordered on the west by the Mississippi River which makes for a scenic backdrop for those living and traveling the area.
Kish Health System, Dekalb IL
Kish Health System’s Community Health Network is an initiative that connects outside organizations and the health system, empowering those organizations to serve a larger role in the health of their community. Members of the Community Health Network include faith-based organizations and service groups.The Community Health Network bridges the goodwill of community organizations with the resources of Kish Health System to find new ways for community members to be healthy. In this combined effort, Kish Health System strives to inspire the community to be more wellness minded.
Miss World, Chicago IL
Jenna Rae Mills was awarded Miss Iowa 2015 and Miss Illinois 2016.
Terry Guen Design Associates, Chicago IL
Terry Guen Design Associates’ (TGDA) Design for Life approach transforms underused public spaces into cultural, ecological, and socially vibrant places. Through their company ethic, TGDA designs for the environmental, economic, and social health and well-being of communities. TGDA’s built work creates natural beauty and activity, engages people in all seasons, and connects neighborhoods with the ecological processes of nature. These thoughtfully designed, visually distinct, multipurpose places function for individuals, small groups, and large crowds. TGDA designs are inspired by nature to create places that are comfortable and engaging.
Zanjabil Gardens, Pembroke IL
Zanjabil Gardens is a small (5 acre) start up farm transitioning to organic. They are using ultra-modern methods, (old methods rediscovered such as biochar) and mixed species cover cropping, 10 year crop rotation and Albrecht(Base Saturation) mineral balancing to maintain perpetual fertility. Modern methods such as computerized farm management, crop planning and record keeping systems, and computerized accounting methods and SPIN (a production/marketing method) are used at Zanjabil to guarantee good decision making that generates profitability. Zanjabil Gardens is a real production farm capable of feeding hundreds of families and can be used as a model that can be replicated by millions of people to help them move into small farming to solve our national health crises and mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration and reduction in the use of fossil fuels.
Starpie Health, Addison IL
Karen Quirk is the founder of Starpie Health. Their mission is no child left without tomorrows. Karen is a certified plant based nutritionist. Her passion is to help people improve their health by improving diet and lifestyle choices.
Peotone Farmer’s Market Peotone IL
The Peotone Farmer’s Market opened its inaugural run with enthusiastic veggie seekers amidst a very busy morning in the Downtown Historic District. The Farmer’s Market is the initiative of Peotone sisters Nicole Bunte Green and Ashley Bunte Wehrmann, who have extensive background in nutrition and holistic health.The idea for the market is rooted in the sisters’ lifelong love of fresh fruits and veggies. In addition to the vendors participating (Gorman Farm of Monee and Harden Family Farm of Eau Claire, Michigan), the Farmer’s Market also featured a bouncy house for the kids and free bottles of water, courtesy of April and Pastor Jason Workman of Green Garden Baptist Church.
Allendale Association, Lake Villa IL
The Allendale Association is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to excellence and innovation in the care, education, treatment and advocacy for troubled children, youth and their families.These youth and their families receive care and treatment through Allendale’s residential treatment programs, day treatment special education schools or from our community based clinical programs and services. Allendale’s community based programs include an outpatient counseling center, foster care licensing, training and support, independent living/transition support and mentoring services. The institution has proudly served troubled adolescents since its founding in 1897 by Edward “Cap” Bradley, a young Princeton graduate interested in the plight of urban youth and the poor conditions under which they lived.
Southern Illinois University (CWD), Springfield IL
The Center for Workforce Development (CWD) is committed to serving people in education, business, industry, government, and the community who are involved with planning, developing, delivering, and participating in education and training.
CWD believes in fostering a proactive approach to the future by maintaining a Futuristic Vision, Collaboration and Innovation.
Illinois Farmers Union, Altamont IL
ILFU advocates for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of Illinois family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and consumers and their communities through education, cooperation and legislation. The Illinois Farmers Union (ILFU) strives to enhance quality of life for the state’s family farmers and their customers through educational opportunities, co-operative endeavors and civic engagement. Founded in 1942, the ILFU’s members are the drivers of its policy positions.
Junior Welfare Association, Decatur IL
Junior Welfare Association was established after eleven women listened to a luncheon speaker discuss social conditions in Decatur in August 1938. The twenty-seven charter members pledged to improve the economic, educational, and social conditions of the community through financial assistance and volunteer service. Junior Welfare Association (JWA) gave out over $6,000 in grants in 2016 to community organizations in Macon County that aligns to their vision to improve the economic, educational, and social conditions in the Decatur area. These grants are open to any organization in Macon County that provide service and assistance to the community.
Project Southtown, Springfield IL
Documenting the past and securing the future of Southtown which in the past 25+ years has become a hub for skating, music, and art. Their primary destination in regards to the tapes is to make the raw footage available to the countless skaters, musicians, and members of our community: past, present, and future! There are so many different potential cross sections that can be taken from this collection of tapes; The history of the underground music scene, Pro Skaters, Local Skaters, The Turf, Shut Up & Skate, Mike McGill’s Sk8park, Rob Dyrdek and Tony Hawk with his entire team. Southtown has become a hub of creativity where everyone can be a part of a unique and thriving community.
South Suburban College, South Holland, IL
South Suburban College is a welcoming, attractive, efficient, safe, transparent, and financially secure institution that fosters creative communication and synergy within the campus community and between that community and its partners. Through innovative teaching, integration of technology, modeling sustainable practices that value the environment, cultivation of external partnerships and a culture of assessment, SSC will play a pivotal role in transforming the lives of its diverse student population.
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston IL
Eastern Illinois University has a rich tradition of preparing students to accomplish their life goals through a great combination of quality academics and personal relationships. Consistently ranked in the top third of Midwest universities in its class by U.S. News and World Report, Eastern has earned its reputation by offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs taught by an experienced and caring faculty. The University community is committed to diversity and inclusion and fosters opportunities for student-faculty scholarship and applied learning experiences within a student-centered campus culture. Throughout their education, students refine their abilities to reason and to communicate clearly so as to become responsible citizens and leaders.
BTM Center for Excellence, Chicago IL
BTM Center for Excellence is a ministry of servant-hood that is dedicated to closing the achievement gap in America’s public schools by assisting children to reach their fullest potential academically and ensuring no child is left behind or falls through the cracks in the education process. BTM builds and facilitates working relationship between home, school and the community. BTM exists to provide a comprehensive education based initiatives that will assist children and families in public schools to achieve academic excellence. Services range from assisting parents in meeting the basic needs of their children such as food, shelter and clothing to assisting them in advocating for necessary services in the school and community.
SWANCC, Desplaines IL
SWANCC provides programs, resources, presentations and workshops to educate about solid waste technologies and the benefits of waste reduction practices such as reduce, reuse, recycle and buy recycled. Resources about solid waste, transportation, energy and supply chains enlighten residents about reducing their carbon footprint, becoming a smart consumer and choosing a lifestyle which is healthier for people and planet.
Banner Academy, Chicago IL
Banners Vision is to build achievement by creating new paths and new opportunities by engaging each student to be a responsible person at all times. Banner utilizes goal oriented approach. Staff members teach students to set goals and then help the students reach their goals. Setting and reaching goals builds the confidence and competence of each and every Banner student.
University of Illinois, Chicago IL
UIC is among the top five most diverse campuses in the nation and a national leader among urban, public higher education institutions in providing access to underrepresented students. UIC is focused on eliminating disparities in health, education and economic opportunity. Community engagement is a centerpiece of UIC’s urban mission. Faculty, students and staff in every college work with neighborhood, foundation and government partners on a wide range of projects to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world.
Hopedale Medical Complex, Hopedale IL
The non-profit Hopedale Medical Foundation, which owns and operates HMC proudly serves 20,000 patients a year in southern Tazewell, Mason, McLean, and Logan counties. Located a short distance from Peoria and Bloomington, HMC offers a wide variety of quality healthcare services from skilled physicians who practice both primary care and surgery.Many individuals are unaware that Hopedale Medical Complex offers virtually the same services as many larger, city hospitals, including: a 24-hour emergency room, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), general and vascular surgery departments, orthopedic surgery, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, sports medicine, mammography, open magnetic imaging resonance (MRI), computed tomography scanning (CT), and many of the new innovative technologies needed for modern medicine.
Liberty Apple Orchard, Edwardsville IL
Liberty Applce Orchard is a recently opened, family-owned, U-Pick orchard serving communities in the Edwardsville area. The orchard is owned and cared for by Lugene and Steve Miller. Liberty Apple Orchard is conveniently located near Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Troy and Highland, yet still situated in a rural setting. The orchard is well mowed, easily accessible from our drive and ideal for photos of your family. Opened only four years ago, the trees are small so even the littlest of hands can reach the fruit.
Optimized Journey LLC, Chicago IL
Optimized Journey use fact based learnings to help high-achieving individuals determine the best, most sustainable methods to improve nutrition, fitness and cognition practices. It helps busy people and individuals that desire to improve their performance. Optimized Journey encourages you to implement positive changes into life today. They help individuals by sharpening focus, reducing stress and increasing energy.
School Climate Consulting Services LLC, Vermont, IL
School Climate Consulting offers school climate improvement opportunities to school communities throughout United States. They include several workshops like bullying, cyberbullying, teen dating violence, school policy and building positive school atmosphere. The team focuses on developing positive collaborative opportunities between federal, state and local agencies and work together to build often elusive bridges between best practice theory and best-practice practice.
Gary Comer Youth Center, Chicago IL
Gary Comer Youth Center was established in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood in May 2006. The mission is to ensure students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers. GCYC is located on the Comer Education Campus, which is comprised of Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer College Prep and Gary Comer Middle School, and is open to students from across the South Side of Chicago. Working with best-in-class partners, we currently serve over 1,700 youth annually. The White House Council for Community Solutions recognized GCYC as a model of innovation. GCYC offer programming in three primary categories: academics, enrichment and college success.
Illinois CATCH onto Health Consortium, Gallatin IL
EHD is very excited to bring the CATCH program to our service region of Hamilton, White, Saline, Gallatin, Pope and Hardin County schools! CATCH, when used as part of a school’s wellness policy, has demonstrated positive outcomes regarding the improvement of students academic performance as well as providing them with healthy living skills that will last a lifetime. It just makes sense, healthy children make better learners! The ultimate goal is to recruit all our area schools into the CATCH program, so if anyone wants to learn more about this exciting program, we encourage them to contact EHD.
DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) is an innovative approach to end hunger and food insecurity in DeKalb County, by providing access to fresh, local, sustainably-grown organic vegetables for all who may be in need. DCCG manages over 15 acres of growing space. In two short years DCCG has produced nearly ten tons of food donated to local food pantries, day care centers, schools, community meal locations, senior citizen centers and housing units, as well as to the meals on wheels program. DCCG has set up seed libraries with local public libraries. Local Flavors dinners are also sponsored by DCCG; dinners that connect local chefs with local growers, to promote healthy local eating.Their mission is strengthens access to fresh, local, and sustainably-grown organic food for people in need.
We provide a safe,clean,and calm faith-based environment for your child. Our staff are highly qualified with a special concentration on infants and toddlers. Each day our children will be with nutritious meals &snacks. We also provide a research base curriculum which emphasizes learning through play and discovery that fosters their growth and development.
Our current food system is not sustainable and does not promote healthy humans. By inspiring our community through engagement, EFE hopes to promote a truly sustainable food system within Evanston which drives food choices and production that protect the environment and lead to a healthier community.
The EFE’s mission is to end hunger, reduce poverty and build healthier communities. Evanston is a vibrant community with a growing urban farming movement as well as food innovators and entrepreneurs. Our many restaurants draw people from our surrounding communities. The food system includes food producers and consumers as well as distributors of food.
The mission of the Stonebridge Diabetes Support Group, NFP is to bring preventive and restorative lifelong health solutions for diabetics to families and support them for healthy living. The Stonebridge Diabetes Support Group is an organization formed by a group of individuals to educate and provide resources to promote diabetes awareness. They conduct various fitness challenges for control and prevention of diabetes.
Stuckmeyers Plants and Produce, Waterloo IL
Garry Stuckmeyer is the fifth generation in the Stuckmeyer family to raise vegetables for a living. Annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and planters are available along with a wide selection of bedding plants. With the exception of tropical plants, ALL of the plants at the shop have been raised at the farm location. The family also has a stand at the Monroe County Farmers Market on Thursdays and Saturdays. Summer time brings the heart of the produce season specializing in sweet corn and tomatoes. The only season that the Farm is open to the public is the month of October on Saturday’s and Sunday’s.
Human Kinetics, Champaign IL
At Human Kinetics, our mission is to produce innovative, informative products in all areas of physical activity that help people worldwide lead healthier, more active lives. Human Kinetics is committed to providing quality informational and educational products in the physical activity and health fields that meet the needs of our diverse customers. Within the physical activity field, recreational and organized sports are a major focus. Human Kinetics is committed to providing not only information but also solutions that help our customers practice their professions better and live healthier, more enjoyable lives. Also providing accurate, useful information and education, packaged and delivered at affordable prices with technology being a key driving force in improving our products and their accessibility.
Illinois Public Health Institute, Chicago IL
The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) mobilizes stakeholders, catalyzes partnerships, and leads action to promote prevention and improve public health systems in order to maximize health, health equity and quality of life for the people of Illinois. Optimal physical, mental and social well-being for all people in Illinois through a high-functioning public health system comprised of active public, private and voluntary partners.
Foxtrot Organic Farm, Wayne IL
Foxtrot Farm is an attempt to continue the tradition that American family farms have established: to support the local community environmentally, ethically, and economically by providing honestly nutritious, sustainably grown produce with incredible flavor.
Through the industrialization of commercial agriculture we’ve seen serious degradation of the environment, systemic exploitation of farm workers, and the loss of diversity & flavor in our food- all for an oftentimes poor quality end product that lacks the nutrients we need. When food isn’t produced locally, there can be a disconnect between consumer and producer that allows these issues to grow out of hand. By purchasing from Foxtrot, one can be confident those votes go towards sustainable practices that benefit your local community and its environment, without harming other folks “down the river”.
Good Worx Inc., Darien IL
Good Worx Inc., started the non profit organization in 2014, as a way to further engage our community in issues impacting so many of us. They wanted to expand beyond immediate school district and tackle some more grown up topics – Food Justice, Homelessness, Mental Health to name a few.With their Kids4Good After School Model; they spent the past decade introducing younger students (Grades 3 through 8) and their families to impact service projects. While the majority of our K4G work focused on local needs – food pantries, seniors, at-risk youth, etc., it’s our global initiatives, especially our successes with our Hope4Haiti initiative, that may had the greatest impact.They’re choosing to showcase their various initiatives here in hopes of possibly moving others to get involved.
Experimental Station, Chicago IL
The Experimental Station is working to build independent cultural infrastructure on the South Side of Chicago. They do this by fostering a dynamic ecology of innovative educational and cultural programs, small business enterprises and community initiatives. In May 2008, the Experimental Station launched the 61st Street Farmers Market to bring fresh, organic, and sustainably raised foods from regional producers to the Woodlawn neighborhood and to provide educational opportunities to learn about food preparation, healthy eating, and sustainable agricultural practices.
Wolfpack Development Group; Aquaponics, Westmont IL
The Wolf Pack, as part of its effort to implement new and creative sustainable solutions in our area, has dedicated itself to becoming a local leader in Aquaponic technology. We are not growers, but we are Engineers, and we are utilizing our background and design experience to improve upon the proven technologies and science behind Aquaponic food production. From small basement or backyard systems capable of being installed in any home to commercial size food production units producing enough produce and fish to feed entire communities, the Wolf Pack can custom design a personalized system to suit your individual needs.
Dekalb County Health Department, Dekalb IL
The DeKalb County Health Department, a department of county government, was founded in 1966. The Health Department offers a full array of public health programs and is certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Health Department has three divisions. The Health Department is the County Registrar of the Vital Records Program for the issuance of birth and death certificates. The Health Promotion Program provides services to the public to promote good health, improve the level of health knowledge within the community, and inform the residents of available health resources. The Health Protection Division goal is to safeguard food and water from contamination. Services include regulation of private sewage systems and potable water. Additional programs include food sanitation, solid waste management, nuisance control and enforcement of tanning and body art regulations. The Emergency Preparedness Program improves county response capacity in the event of a public health emergency through planning activities. The Animal Control Program provides stray dog and rabies control.
Boy Scouts of America, La Grange IL
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness. For more than a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Sproutscouts, Chicago IL
It is a non-profit organization dedicated to catering farm-to-school meals to early care centers and to teaching children to eat, cook, and grow nutritious food. They help to develop a healthy relationship to food, their bodies, and the environment. They offer a three-part farm-to-school program: nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks, healthy eating and wellness curriculum, and gardening. They’re focused primarily on daycare and pre-K, when kids form eating habits and relationships to food. Exposing infants, toddlers, and young children to fresh local fruits and vegetables is crucial for developing food preferences and consumption patterns—the foundation for lifelong good health.
Boone County Health Department, Belvidere IL
The mission of the Boone County Health Department is to protect and promote health in Boone County. The BCHD will be recognized throughout the State of Illinois as A catalyst to inspire and guide the community towards optimal health; a creative and innovative leader in quality public health program delivery; a model in public health program performance measurements and a team of public health professionals who exemplify common core values and goals. The Boone County Health Department also has a new grant program in place for Boone County residents that help identify and correct lead paint hazards in homes.
Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), Chicago IL
CLOCC is a nationally recognized leader for community-based obesity prevention. We support, coordinate, and unite partners to promote healthy and active lifestyles for children and families. Our multi-sector approach emerged in Chicago and can be adapted for use anywhere. Our mission is to confront the childhood obesity epidemic by promoting healthy and active lifestyles for children throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Our work will foster and facilitate connections between childhood obesity prevention researchers, public health advocates and practitioners, and the children, families, and communities of Chicagoland.
Schools members of the Illinois Farm to School Network can be found below.
- Fox Prairie Elementary School
- Fabyan Elementary School
- Emerson Elementary
- Valley View School DIstrict
- Lorenzo R Smith Sustainable Tech Academy
- Westmont High School DuPage County
- Dwight Elementary
- Field Elementary
- Suder Montessori Magnet Elementary
- Beethoven Elementary
- Rauner College Prep
- Tonti Elementary
- Nathan Davis Elementary
- Langston Hughes
- Kilmer Elementary
- Blessed Sacrament Elementary
- St. Giles Elementary
- Trinity High School
- Oak Park and RIver Forest High School
- Goethe Elementary
- New Berlin School District
- Butler Elementary
- McLean County Unit District No. 5
- Diamond Lake School District #76
- River Trails School District
- Athens Community Unit School District #213
- St.Anne Community Consolidated School District #256
- Thornton Fractional South High School
- British School of Chicago
- deLacey Family Education Center
- Rotolo Middle School
- Kaneland Elementary
- Hermes Elementary
- John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School
- West Aurora High School
- Edison Middle School
- Roslyn Road Elementary
- Robeson Elementary
- Waverly Community Unit School District #6
- Ball Charter School
- Springfield Southeast High School
- Community Consolidated School District 15
- Community Consolidated School District 46
- Whittier Elementary
- Norton Creek Elementary
- The Goddard School
- Highlands Elementary
- O.W. Huth Middle School
- Grant Community High School, District 124
- Dirksen Elementary
- Fox Ridge Elementary School
- Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies
- North Elementary School, Sycamore IL
- Dawes Elementary School
- St. Michael’s School
- Camelot Therapeutic Day School
- Churchill Elementary School
- Community Development Institute
- St. John Lutheran School, Champaign, IL
- Sleepy Hollow Elementary School
- St. Albert the Great Catholic School
- Unity Middle School
- Regional Office of Education #9
- St. Malachy School
- Sandoval High School
- Henry Senachwine School District 5
- Unity Point School District
- Harrisburg Community Unit School District 3
- Sparta, WI Lincoln Schools School District 140
- Carbondale Elementary School District 95
- Courtenay Child Parent Center
- Champaign Community Unit School District # 4
- Troy Community Consolidated School District 30-C
- River Trails School District 26
- Jonesboro School District 43
- Harrisburg High School CUSD 3
- Dakota Jr. Sr. High School
- Oriole Park School
- Willa Cather Elementary School
- Sherman School of Excellence
- Monroe Middle school
- Morrill Elementary Math and Science School
- Mather High School
- Spring Avenue Elementary School
- Schurez High School
- Harper School
- Dr Bessie Rhodes Magnet School
- Glencoe School District 35
- Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95
- Lake Zurich High School
- Stagg School of Excellence
- Springfield Public School District 186
- Germantown Hills Middle School
- Germantown Hills School District #69
- Elgin Academy
- Tri-city High School
- Manteno Community Unit School District 5
- Chatham Academy High School
- Indian Trail Jr High School
- Fox River Grove School District 3
- Triopia Grade School
- Triopia Jr-Sr High School
- Spring Ave Elementary School
- Nicholas A Hermes Elementary School
- Rockford Public Schools District 205
- Richland County High School
- Nature Exploration Academy Elementary School
- Notre Dame College Prep
- Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124
- Glenwood Elementary School
- Glenwood Intermediate School
- West Suburban Montessori School
- Elmhurst Academy of Early Learning
- South Side Elementary School
- Farmington Central CUSD 265
- Fox River Grove Middle School
- Arthur Grade School
- Ball Chatham Community Unit School District 5
- Prairie-Hills Elementary School District 144
- Eswood Elementary School #269
- Romeoville High School
- Milton Pope Elementary School
- Thornton Township High School District 205
- Leyden High School District 212
- Kings Elementary School
- Lettie Brown Elementary School
- Dekalb High School
- J. Sterling Morton High School District 201
- York Community High School
- Streator Elem School District 44
- St Mary’s Catholic Grade School
- Big Hollow SD 38
- East Moline School District #37
Harlem School District 122
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