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March 12, 2021

 

 
 
2021 Small Farms 
 

Experts talk about food deserts, but this term is not always helpful as community leaders think about food security. This presentation, on March 18 from noon to 1 p.m., will explore the historical and current systems that result in an unfair distribution of food and power, as well as discuss a path to move forward. The 2021 Small Farm Webinar Series gives small producers access to practical tools and knowledge to improve their profitability and sustainability by learning about leading practices on emerging topics in production, management, and marketing. If you cannot attend the live session, please register to receive an email with the recorded session. Past programs are available on YouTube at bit.ly/ILLocalFoodsYouTube. For more information, contact Zack Grant, Extension Educator in Local Food Systems and Small Farms at zgrant2@illinois.edu or (708) 679-6889.

 

 
 
 SEDAC
 

Is your school open for in-person or hybrid learning? Will it be open soon? The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center is offering a free, interactive workshop series for school facilities managers and administrators interested in opening schools safely. The workshops will focus on building risk assessment, ventilation, filtration, air purification, and indoor air quality monitoring. On March 30, 9:00-10:30 am, learn about prioritizing strategies to reduce virus transmission. On April 29, 2021, 9:00-10:30 am, learn about implementing and communicating building safety measures to parents, staff, and students. Register here for the March 30 workshop. Register here for the April 29 workshop.

 

 
 
USDA Radio 
 

Tom Vilsack, U.S. Agriculture Secretary, believes his department needs to be active in efforts to develop new climate-smart agricultural markets for producers. USDA’s Rod Bain talks with Vilsack about the role USDA will take on climate-smart ag. For more information, listen to the USDA broadcast.

 

 

 
 
 LGE Webinar Series
 

University of Illinois Extension’s Local Government Education program will be partnering on two webinars this coming week. On Tuesday, March 16 at noon CT, Rural Partners will host Local Food Systems: Potential for Improving Community Economy and Health, presented by Dr. Hope Michelson, Associate Professor of Ag and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, and Dr. Joseph Malual, Extension Specialist in Community and Economic Development at University of Illinois Extension. This webinar will discuss how new farmers and growers can access critical agricultural resources to scale up production of local food and how communities can invest in agriculture that is environmentally sound, economically viable, and socially just. On Wednesday, March 17 at noon CT, school boards, district admins, principals, and public sector managers are invited to attend Part 2 of a local education policy series, Equitable Management Practices, presented by Dr. Jennifer Nelson, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership. This webinar will discuss research on workplace conditions and managerial practices that can shape employees’ access to resources, rendering a more effective and equitable organization.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 16 -Local food systems: Potential for Improving the Economy and Health of your Community

March 17 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Local Education Policy Series (Part 2): Equitable Employee Management Practices

March 18 (Webinar) - Food Desert or Food Apartheid?

June 18 or June 25 – Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

 
 
 
 
 

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