Today’s consumers are becoming more thoughtful about their food purchases. People are interested in high-quality, locally-grown products; the farm-to-table movement and agritourism experiences are growing in popularity. To keep up with this evolution, producers in our food economy need easy access to information about the latest techniques, technologies, and ideas that will help them sustain a profitable business.
Ideally located between America’s agricultural heartland and the city of Chicago, McHenry County College (MCC) delivers a resource that provides ongoing education to professionals involved in all areas of food and farming. The College recently launched the Center for Agrarian Learning, a local hub for classes, speakers, workshops, and networking events featuring the most innovative thinkers and doers in the world of agriculture, food production, and business.
This January, the Center will kick off Forefront: Ideas in Food and Farming, a series of sessions led by entrepreneurs who are solving problems and sharing their industry experience. Farmers, land owners, chefs, local food enthusiasts, and others interested in the food economy are invited to attend this immersive speaker series the fourth Sunday of each month, January – April 2020.
Upcoming topics include “lean” farming, rotational grazing, whole grain revolution, and women transforming the food system. The Center will also host hands-on workshops that will dive deeper into these hot topics and offer tangible tips that attendees can implement in their own businesses.
For registration information, complete schedules, and more about the Center for Agrarian Learning, visit www.mchenry.edu/forefront.