Local Foods Workshop

Local Foods for Institutional Buyers

A Workshop on the Why, What, and How for Local Producers, Local Processors, and the Institutional Buyer

Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop. Below are links to the PowerPoint presentations from the event.

About the Workshop

Join us for a free workshop exploring the logistics of bringing food (including vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy, and grain) from local producers to University Housing Dining Services at the University of Illinois. We will explore goal setting, navigating the purchasing process, and understanding the supply chain. Attendees will include local producers and distributors, educators from the Illinois Extension, and higher education dining services colleagues from the state of Illinois. Hear from expert speakers and engage in small group dialogue for an informative, interactive workshop experience. 

Open to everyone, including producers, processors, distributors, institutions, institutional buyers, students, and staff. 


8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Check-In for Registered Attendees, Walk-in Registration, and Networking for Local Food Professionals

9:00 am–9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Review Agenda

9:15 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
Why is Local Food Important?

9:45 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Food Safety Modernization Act Update & the Impact on Local Food Producers 

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
In Their Own Words: Local Producer and Processor Stories

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Local Foods Lunch and Networking

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
How does a Local Producer/Processor sell to the University?
University of Illinois Purchasing Department

2:00 pm–2:45 pm
GMOs: Fact or Fiction

2:45 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Networking and Local Tea & Coffee


Free parking is available at Champaign County Farm Bureau.