MSLOC Foundations Team's Project Shared at Small Farm Conference

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Foundations Team's Project Shared at Small Farm Conference

Between 2009 and 2011 as part of the Foundations course, MSLOC students completed ten projects designed to help tackle the challenge of changing the way in which school districts feed their students. One of those teams, Project Signpost, created a tool that helps farmers answer their frequently asked questions in regards to how they can get their farm products to Illinois schools. Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, University of Illinois Extension Educator and Project Signpost’s client, recently shared the team’s work at the 2012 Small Farm Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.

“Members of our team had roots in the farming community in the Midwest and were passionate about coming up with a solution from the farmer’s perspective. We hoped to create a way of organizing the incredible amount of information about regulation in an easy to understand format that would eliminate time and frustration for the farmer.”  

- Justin Jacques, MSLOC Alumnus

The goal of this foundations project was to help remove farmer’s perceived barriers in providing their farm fresh products to local Illinois schools. The presentation was well received by the audience at the conference hosted by Tennessee State University. The hope is that this tool will be adopted by other farm associations and farm-to-school programs to support increasing the amount of local food in school cafeterias.

Members of the Project Signpost team included Karen Bonsignore, Elizabeth (Lissa) Burt, Bill Cook, Justin Jacques and Nichole Meister. You can learn more about the project and download the deliverable.

Learn more about the other nine projects and the stories behind each team’s approach on the MSLOC Local Food and Schools site.
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