County Board: Community Initiatives
Seeds2Success Greater Peoria Regional Food Summit
On March 29, 2014, "Seeds2Success, the Greater Peoria Regional Food Summit" brought together government officials, community leaders, and interested citizens to discuss strengthening the local food movement in Central Illinois. The summit was hosted by the University of Illinois Extension Office in conjunction with Peoria County government and other sponsors. At the summit, Homegrown Minneapolis offered advice, direction, and success stories from their experiences implementing a locally grown initiative in the twin cities.
Food Summit speakers focused on the cooperative efforts of the community and the multiple organizations invested in the success of a local foods movement in the Minneapolis area. During the summit, participants had an opportunity to ask questions and learn how local foods fit into larger, long-term community sustainability efforts. Attendees also enjoyed a local foods lunch and participated in a café-style discussion.
Additionally during the summit, community members and key organizations engaged in conversations to strengthen the local foods movement in our region, and create new partnerships and connections. They considered obstacles that may hinder the development of a local initiative, and identified policies and technical assistance that may be necessary to adopt and utilize to address the obstacles.
Seeds2Success is based on the premise that sustainable local food systems balance economic prosperity, environmental preservation, and public health while moving agricultural products from farmer to consumer. National, regional, and local trends indicate a shift in farming practices and consumer demand, as well as present an opportunity for the greater Peoria region to capitalize on this growing economic sector.
The end goal of Seeds2Success is to create sustainable, community-based improvements that will enhance our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat, and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods.
Flying Fish Festival and Bow Fishing Tournament
July 11 - 12, 2014
Peoria County is a partner of the first Flying Fish Festival held in Peoria. The festival is a family friendly event featuring a Bow Fishing Tournament. The event includes cash prizes, activities on both sides of the river, educational displays, and local chefs who will prepare cuisine using Asian Carp, the flying fish. The tournament is for registered competitors only; however, additional activities are open to the public.
The Flying Fish Festival is one piece of a larger effort to deal with an Illinois River invasive species: Asian Carp. The festival gives locals and visitors an opportunity to experience excitement on the water, shore, and dinner plate. Money raised from the event will support the Union Sportsman Alliance and the preservation of the Peoria Labor Temple.
To register up to a four-member team for the Bow Fishing Tournament, download the registration form.
For more information visit "Peoria Flying Fish" on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.