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What we can learn from a cooperatively owned local food hub in Logan County

Cindy Jackson
Allison Walsh
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WCBU
Cindy Jackson, general manager of the Central Illinois FarmFED Cooperative, attended the 2022 Live Local Conference to share the recent progress of their initiative in Mt. Pulaski to develop a processing and distribution hub for locally produced foods.

In Episode 9 of the food and farming series Food Trek, Tory Dahlhoff and co-producer Allison Walsh check in with the Central Illinois FarmFED Cooperative in Mount Pulaski, in Logan County.

You'll hear from Jeff Hake, a central Illinois farmer and local foods advocate who helped launch the initiative, and Cindy Jackson, the new manager of the Central Illinois FarmFED Cooperative.

The cooperatively owned local food hub is a place where farmers can bring their products for processing, storage and ultimately for wholesale distribution to retailers and institutions throughout the region.

Learn more by listening to the podcast above.

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Allison Walsh
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WCBU
Jeff Hake, farmer and local foods advocate, shares the progress over the last few years of the cooperatively owned local food developments in Mt. Pulaski that arose from the EPA Local Foods Local Places initiative.

Tory Dahlhoff is a freelance reporter based at WCBU. He's also the host of the food and farming podcast Food Trek.