The Land Connection sees true collaboration as one of the cornerstones of effective resiliency efforts in and around the food system. Through strategic partnerships, The Land Connection has been able to amplify its voice and the impact that voice has on local, statewide, and regional projects. Concurrently, we amplify the voices of our partners, sponsors, and funders so the we can have a greater collective impact on our communities and the people that we serve. We work together to build stronger networks and connect community members to service providers, resources, and technology to improve their lives and businesses. All of our partners, sponsors, funders, and coalitions members believe in the work we accomplish here at The Land Connection, and for their support we are grateful Thank you all for your collaborative efforts to grow the local food economy, on and off the farm as we all work towards a more resilient future!
The Land Connection is committed to partnering with organizations throughout the food and farm system and fostering collaborative initiatives that better serve our local and regional constituents. If you are interested in partnering with The Land Connection, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FARMER TRAINING FRIENDS
SOIL BUILDER LEVEL
Albert Lea Seed | American Organic | Local Food Marketplace | MarketMaker
SEED SAVER LEVEL
The Anderson’s | Food4All
M2 | One Main Plaza | One Main Development | Busey Bank | Rewind 92.5 | WDWS, WKIO & WHMS | Champaign Center Partnership
Champaign County Farm Bureau
Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church | Faith in Place | News-Gazette | Luyando Boxing | American Water Illinois
FARMLAND ACCESS FRIENDS
Of all the barriers beginning farmers face in building successful agricultural enterprises, securing access to farmland is consistently rated as the number one challenge. This is compounded for young entrepreneurial farmers innovating with regenerative farming and new niche business models that require investments in soil health, infrastructure, and labor. Land access is particularly fraught for Black farmers and other people of color who have faced and continue to face historical and systemic discrimination. Currently, there is no single place for farmers or farmland owners in Illinois to turn to for advice, resources, and assistance with land access.