Forum attracts variety of growers

From The Register-Mail:
While it has existed since last May, the Knox County Food Development Council finally had an unofficial grand opening Tuesday evening with its first Food Growers Forum at the Knox Agri-Center.

The forum began with three breakout sessions: Western Illinois University Assistant Professor of Agriculture Joel Gruver discussed cover crops; Extension’s Mike Roegge discussed growing season extension, and the council’s Amy Brucker discussed specialty crop marketing…

Also in attendance were Knox College’s community garden students, including senior Helen Schnoes.

“What struck me most is the divide between doing it for yourself and being aware that there’s a need for the individual local growers to work together and expand the greater local food market base,” said Schnoes.

Brucker said that as more resources become available in the form of grants, she hopes to see the local food movement expand and diversify.

“The times are changing,” she said. “Hopefully this is the first of many.”

For more information on the Food Development Council, email Brucker at