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Local Profile with Ludwig Farmstead Creamery

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?

Sustainable Conversation

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.

CGFC Supports Cooperative Cacao Production

Chocolate has long been associated with delicious decadence. Recent research has shown that far from being a junk food, consuming dark chocolate in moderation may have certain health benefits, due to a high content of healthy fats, antioxidants and micronutrients. Chocolate is derived from the seeds of the cacao tree, an evergreen native to Central and South America. Cacao beans have been prized and consumed by humans for nearly 3000 years.  Spanish conquistadors first encountered chocolate served by the Aztecs- as a bitter drink spiced with chilies.

Future Food Legislation

February is usually a dynamic and busy time when it comes to politics, policy and legislation here in Springfield at the Capitol. 2015 will be no different and with a new Republican Governor taking the reins of state government riding a promise to "shake up Springfield" while Democrats still hold super-majorities in both the House and the Senate it might be even more of a dynamic year than usual.

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