Posts Tagged ‘illinois’

Sept. 1, 2012: Mid-America Homesteading Conference in Joliet, IL


Join the Mid-America Homesteading Conference at Joliet Junior College for Saturday, September 1. There are sessions on gardening, canning, raising all sorts of livestock, and making money on your homestead, whether it is in the city or country. Check out the web page for more info: http://www.homesteadingconference.com/

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Northbrook, IL, Shoots Down Chickens


In a disappointing 5-2 vote last night, the Village of Northbrook, IL, razed hopes for backyard chicken keepers. Attendees felt the trustees had made their decisions prior to the meeting, rather than entertaining the evidence presented.

This, of course, overshadows the Cubs 7-4 loss over the Brewers.


			

Local Foods Conference in Rockford, March 17


Join the University of Illinois Extension for the Openfields conference, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Atwood Center in Rockford. Home to Roost will provide the keynote address.

For more information on this event, click here. 

 

Make Your Voice Heard About Food in Cook County, IL


If you are a Cook County resident, this is for you! It comes from the Cook County Food System Steering Committee.

YOUR voice is important. Please share this with others.

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This is a very exciting moment in Illinois and US food policy:   One of the most populous counties in the country is considering the creation of a food council, as well as specific food issues.

If you live OR work in Cook County, your input is greatly desired.    Below is an e-mail from the Cook County Department of Public Health, which is sponsoring this initiative.   Basically, you can do two things:
1.  Take a survey (deadline Sept. 29).
2.  Attend a public meeting on Oct. 6, 2011.  Pre-registration is absolutely required because space is limited.
Full details are below.
This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard about food production, food processing, food distribution, food retailing, food scrap management, and food systems and food policy in general.   There are spaces for your personal comments on each page.   Whatever you are most concerned about, please mention.

Do you live or work in Cook County, Illinois? If so, you are invited to complete a survey on how government laws, rules, ordinances, regulations and programs affect the way we eat, grow, transport, store, process, distribute, sell, or handle food or food waste.

 The survey results will be used to create recommendations on what issues a proposed Cook County food policy council will focus its efforts. The Cook County food policy council is anticipated to be an official committee that explores cross-agency and cross-jurisdictional food issues and makes recommendations to the Cook County Board of Commissioners.
To access the survey, go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RJJTTSG
You may also answer this survey in Spanish by calling 708-633-8314 or e-mailing jbloyd@ccdph.net. Para contester esta encuesta en espanol, favor de llamar a 708-633-8314; o escriba a jbloyd@ccdph.net.
Please share this opportunity to provide input on the issues of importance related to food in Cook County by forwarding this email to others who live or work in Cook County.
To learn more about the survey or sign up to participate in developing recommendations based on the survey results, go to:http://www.cookcountypublichealth.org/healthy-communities/healthy-eating/food-system-survey
Made possible through funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant. CPPW is a joint project between the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago.

Chickens now allowed to roost in Evanston!


Hats off to the Evanstoners who worked so hard for the right to the pursuit of avian happiness in their own backyards!

On September 28, 2010,  Evanston city council voted 6 to 3 to allow residents to have chickens, overturning a 36-year ban on chicken keeping. Residents will keep hens for eggs, fertilizer, and as pets.

There’s a catch, though: residents will have to pay a $50 licensing fee to keep hens.

Concerns included noise, small, rodent infestation, and predators; however, chicken supporters surveyed officials in 20 locales where chicken keeping is legal, and officials reported satisfaction with the existing laws.

A proud cock-a-doodle-doo for the Evanston Backyard Chickens group!

To read the Tribune article, click here.