Providing support to sustainable operations in our local food economy is a key mission of the Sustainable Business Center. Located in an area known for its fertile soil and agricultural production, we have converted the acreage surrounding our facility into multiple agricultural plots to provide fresh foods to en season restaurant and to local food banks. We also provide members of our community with hands-on educational opportunities to learn about building a sustainable farm or garden. All agriculture production that takes place on our grounds adheres to strict sustainbility methods including using heirloom seeds, organic fertilizers and pesticide-free techniques.
We hope to encourage our community to start thinking about the methods and means of where
their food comes from. Our garden this year featured tomatoes, summer squashes, radishes, peppers, melons, peas, green beans, cucumbers, spinach, herbs, and raspberries. Below are links to resources on local food systems and sustainable agriculture in addition to tips to help you start your own garden!
- Illinois Stewardship Alliance website & Facebook,
- National Good Food Network's website,
- Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture's Resource webpage,
- Illinois Safe Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
website & Facebook,
- Illinois Product Label Program's website,
- Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)
- Practical Farmer's of Iowa's website, YouTube Channel & Facebook,
- Rodale Institute's website, Facebook & YouTube Channel,
- University of Illinois Extension's YouTube Channel,
- Western Illinois University's
Organic Research & Demonstration Farm website,
- Instructions to build your own refrigerated trailer.