Champaign has a long agricultural heritage. Soil tests have confirmed that 90% of the soils in Champaign County are considered 'prime farmland' and 78% are considered 'best prime farmland.' 'Best prime farmland' is some of the most productive soil on earth!
Champaign Growing Greener Sustainability Plan - Food & Urban Agriculture Goals
Goal 1: Ensure that healthy foods are accessible to all residents.
Goal 2: Improve the availability of locally grown foods.
Goal 3: Advance urban food production.
Goal 4: Encourage farm-to-table producers in the City's growth area.
How can I 'Grow Green?'
- Backyard hens are allowed under certain conditions. Learn how you can obtain a Coop License. http://ci.champaign.il.us/hens
- Plant a garden! There are lots of great tips and tricks on our Pinterest page http://pinterest.com/growgreencu
- Want to grow something, but you aren't sure how to start? Learn more from the University of Illinois Extension Service. They offer soil tests, pointers on plants, pests and more! http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/
Support our local food economy. Visit one of these non-profit local food grocers, farmers markets and urban gardens!
- Common Ground Food Co-op, a member owned full service grocer specializing in local food http://www.commonground.coop/
- The Land Connection, farmers market Tuesdays, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, May-October, Downtown Champaign http://thelandconnection.org/
- Prosperity Gardens, working to empower young people through urban agriculture http://prosperitygardens.org/
- Urbana's Market at the Square, farmers market Saturday, 7:00 am - noon, May - November, Downtown Urbana http://urbanaillinois.us/market
Looking for more fun on the farm? Want to dine in a restaurant that specializes in local food and drink? Check out these guides from Visit Champaign County!
- Agriculture Adventures http://www.visitchampaigncounty.org/things-do/agriculture-adventure
- Dining http://visitchampaigncounty.org/things-do/dining