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While Northern Illinois is rich in agriculture and is home to the largest consumer market in the Midwest, little of the food consumed in the region is grown in the region. This time of disruption and change within food systems nationwide is an opportune moment to plan for a stronger northern Illinois food systems network. This study is a step in the planning process and was funded by the Chicago Region Food System Fund and the Illinois Farm Bureau, two organizations supporting Illinois agriculture and access to fresh foods for Illinois residents. The study was conducted by the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies (NIU-CGS) in collaboration with DeKalb County Community Gardens.
Illinois, northern Illinois, food systems, food systems network
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Evans, Mim; Schneiderman, Mindy; and Merriman, Aaron, "Planning for a Northern Illinois Food Systems Network" (2022). Reports, Whitepapers, Articles, and Other Publications. 35.
Chicago Region Food System Fund, Illinois Farm Bureau
Center for Governmental Studies
Prepared for DeKalb County Community Gardens and Illinois Farm Bureau/Local Foods Program by Northern Illinois University, Center for Governmental Studies Project funded through grants from the Chicago Region Food System Fund and Illinois Farm Bureau