Common Ground Food Co-operative is committed to supporting a vital and inclusive community and this End especially applies to downtown Urbana where our co-op is located. Given our dedication to democratic governance and improving our community we are especially excited by the possibilities inherent in the Open Scene project.
Common Ground's Sustainability Committee has been very busy this past year. Since January, we've been tracking and reporting metrics to the National Cooperative Grocer's Co+Efficient program to see what our environmental impact performance actually is, and how it compares with similar sized co-ops across the country.
What does your farm name mean to you? How did you choose this name?
Our name means heritage, we are a fifth generation farm and having our family name representing our cheese proves our passion for a quality product.
Where is your farm located? How many miles do you travel to reach Common Ground? We are located in Fithian, Illinois about 22 miles East of Common Ground.
What do you produce/grow/raise? What is your signature product?
As a member of Common Ground’s Sustainability Committee, I recently attended a workshop and conversation at the University of Illinois hosted by The Institute for Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (iSEE). As a committee, we are very interested in exploring ways that Common Ground can extend efforts toward our 4th End: Our local food system is equitable, robust, and environmentally sound.
What do you grow? What is your signature product?
I sell primarily apples, pears, concord grapes and plan to sell asparagus, blackberries, and raspberries as they come to maturity.
Where is your farm located? How many miles do you travel to reach Common Ground?
I live about 20 miles NW of Champaign.
For how long have you been farming?
Where are you from?
Southern CA originally but mostly the PNW & Boise, Idaho. ( this is a loaded question, haha!)
How do you find yourself in the C-U area?
My husband, Travis, Champaign born & raised, returned for a job at the University.
How long have you lived here?
Spring is here and before you know it summer will be too. And while most school districts in Illinois will be off for the summer, just as classes wrap-up, Congress will be ramping up debate around school feeding programs.
In January of 2013 (a year ago!) we brought Stone Soup back to the Co-op. We gathered monthly in the Flatlander Classroom to cook a meal for the TIMES Center. We had a great time with this program.
What does Governor-elect Bruce Rauner’s victory mean for local food and sustainable farming in Illinois? That’s a good question and the same one a lot of different organizations and individuals are asking in general about the incoming Governor and what he will do once he takes the helm as Governor of Illinois.