Routes to Farm Summit in Illinois

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Routes to Farm Summit
Emerging Challenges for Direct-Market Farmers
Dates: Wednesday, January 18th – Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Location: Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center,
2668 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348

Please join us for an important meeting at historic Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center on January 18 & 19. The lodge is nestled within the forests, canyons and waterfalls of Starved Rock State Park. We hope the beautiful setting will provide fertile ground for the important conversations that will be taking place.

As you know, direct-market business models such as farmers markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) have fueled much of the growth of the local food movement in the last two decades.  However, a growing number of farmers in our region now report declining farmers market sales and increased difficulty attracting and retaining CSA members.

Through a process of open dialogue among farmers and local food advocates who gather in January, we will (1) gain an understanding of current challenges for direct market farms, (2) identify critical issues and barriers to their continued success and (3) develop a farmer-led agenda for action that will guide follow-up activity.

Important questions we hope to address include:

  • What obstacles do farmers selling to local markets face?
  • How are consumer behaviors and preferences changing?
  • How will CSA farms attract and retain new members?
  • What’s behind declining sales at farmers markets?
  • How can farmers work together to reach new markets?
  • What can food and farm organizations do to help farmers overcome obstacles?

Registration for the Routes to Farm Summit

Registration is first come, first serve. If more than one individual from your organization is registering, please register separately.

There is no cost to attend the summit.
Meals will be provided at no cost during the summit. Lunch and dinner will be served on Wednesday. Breakfast and lunch will be served on Thursday.
Lodging is NOT included in general summit registration.* If you would like to book a room at your own expense, please contact the Starved Rock Lodge Front Desk directly at (815) 667-4211 or

* There are a limited number of rooms available at no cost for farmers. These rooms will be filled based on double occupancy on a first-come, first-serve basis.
General (Non-Farmer) Registration: Register here.
Farmer Registration: Register here.
For more information on the the Summit and its mission, please visit: or email

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