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March 5, 2021

 

 
 
Beckman Institute 
 

The University of Illinois Beckman Institute Open House on March 26-27 will provide a virtual, behind-the-scenes look at one of the nation’s leading centers for interdisciplinary research.  Activities will include lab tours and demonstrations, an interview with founding director Ted Brown, as well as a live escape room. The Open House is free of charge, but please register. Registrants will be eligible to win one of 350 Beckman jigsaw puzzles and, if desired, will be notified when escape room registration begins. The Beckman Institute Open House is a biennial event that is held in conjunction with EOH (Engineering Open House hosted by The Grainger College of Engineering).

 

 
 
 AGLANTA
 

Atlanta has created the largest free food forest in the country on just over seven acres which were previously a pecan farm and cleared for residential development. In the fall of  2016, The Conservation Fund  acquired 7.1 acres of land for Atlanta's first Community Urban Food Forest, as well as a new model for a City of Atlanta park. Food forests, also known as forest gardens, are low-maintenance, sustainable arrangements of edible plants that are designed to mimic natural ecosystems. Comprised mostly of perennial plants, there’s no need for tilling, weeding, fertilizing or irrigation. The food forest will produce a variety of fresh, flavorful, and healthy nuts, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms, available for public consumption. Located in an area identified as a food desert, the site was a working farm as recently as 2000. The land’s former owners, Ruby and Willie Morgan, left excess produce from their farm on fence posts for neighbors to claim and enjoy. See the summary of the 12-month Community Vision Plan Process

 

 
 
HAC 
 

In the U.S., the first case of COVID-19 outside of metropolitan areas was reported on February 20, 2020. One year later, there are more than 4 million reported cases of COVID-19 and 78,500 associated deaths in communities outside of metropolitan areas. The health pandemic was slower to come to rural America, but no community was spared. All counties outside of Metropolitan areas have reported COVID cases and 96% have COVID related deaths. Rural coronavirus cases peaked in mid-December and the rural share of daily reported cases rose to more than 20% in mid-October. During this time period, nearly one-third of the nation's COVID deaths were in rural communities. The level of rural infections and deaths have declined from their peak in early winter but the health, human, and economic toll of COVID-19 on rural Americans continues.

 

 
 
 LGE Webinar Series
 

The COVID - 19 pandemic has highlighted vulnerability in our food systems, renewing interest in how to organize food production and consumption to support local economic development and maintaining the health of communities.  Join us on Tuesday, March 16, at Noon CT for Local food systems: Potential for improving the economy and health of your community with Dr. Hope Michelson, Associate Professor at UIUC, Department of Agriculture & Consumer Economics, and Dr. Joseph Malual, Regional Specialist in Community and Economic Development, University of Illinois Extension. This webinar will cover how community food systems can revitalize local economies, alleviate food insecurity, and enhance the natural resources. We will discuss how emerging farmers and growers can access critical agricultural resources to scale up production of local food, and invest in agriculture that is environmentally sound, economically viable, and socially just. We will also discuss opportunities for collaboration with Universities and other stakeholders including communities to create more resilient local food systems. See additional information and registration details here.

 

 
 

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

June 18 or June 25 – Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

 
 
 
 
 

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