Growing Deep Roots: The 2021 Illinois Farm to School Institute

Welcome to the Illinois Farm to School Institute page! 

The Illinois Farm to School Institute is a revolutionary new way to find exactly what you need to build and deepen the impact of your farm to school program.
This free, virtual institute opens on June 1 and closes on January 1, 2022, allowing participants to discover tools, review resources and receive training on the topics they need to move their programming forward. The 2021 training opportunity is open to child feeding, garden, and education site teams across Illinois. Check out the opportunities available.
  • Engage at your own speed – create a personal team schedule to watch, listen and review each module. Set up reminders to your email boxes. The Institute will be open to registered teams until Jan 1, 2022.
  • Ask the experts about gardening issues, buying and incorporating local foods into menus, fifth season programming, and building beneficial connections across your community in one-on-one consultations.
  • View videos, webinars, podcasts, and resources determined by your needs, to help answer questions specific to your program. 
  • Take a engaging virtual tour of Angelic Organics Learning Center and Farm in Caledonia, IL and enrich your understanding of what an investment in healthy food truly looks like.
  • Ask questions and get answers specific to your program type in a  free consultation, including assistance to create a 3-year plan for your program!
  • Receive assistance to create a free MarketMaker account as an institutional buyer.
  • Garden programs receive assistance for registration to the Illinois Learning Gardens Map and connect to online garden networks.
  • Feeding programs receive an invite to the new Illinois Farm to School Google forum.
  • Program-specific “speed dating”! Form a co-learning relationship when introduced to other sites with similar program capabilities to share best practices, fixes, and highlights of farm to school activities. We’ll match and introduce you so you can learn from each other. 

Would you like to share this opportunity with a child feeding or garden site, or with producer? Download our event infographic!