Moraine Valley Community College hosted a panel presentation on Wednesday October 23rd to discuss the importance of local and sustainable food systems. Local famers Beth Osmund from Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm in Ottawa, Illinois and Chris Voss of Angelic Organics Farm in Caledonia, Illinois spoke to our college community about their work, their lives and the “politics of food.”
There were two presentations with students, faculty and staff participating in each session. Following the panelists presentation was a Q&A session for participants to continue the discussion. Participants were able to hear about the work of small farmers from a first-hand perspective. The farmers talked about their life transitions from the corporate world back to the farm and how that change has been more fulfilling than their high salaried corporate positions.
Farmer Beth Osmund referred participants to the Farm Safety and Modernization Act, which is open for public comment, and they were encouraged to comment in support of local, small farms. Overall, it was a successful event with several faculty members bringing their classes and linking assignments to food systems and sustainability. One of the questions participants were asked to consider was: What is the one small change or choice you can make regarding food that will make a large impact in aggregate?