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Growing Local: Videos

The local foods movement is on the rise in Champaign-Urbana and with it an increase in healthy cooking classes, neighborhood farmer's markets and community gardens. These video stories show firsthand the impact local foods have on the community. 

These stories are part of Illinois Public Media's Day of Broadcasting on local food, July 19, 2012. For a list of programming that day, visit here


Urbana's Market at the Square

According to the USDA, the number of farmers’ markets in the US grew 17 percent in the past year to 7,175 in 2011. As of 2010, the most recent year for which figures are available, there were 300 farmers’ markets in Illinois. That puts Illinois in third place for the highest number of farmers’ markets in the country, after New York and California. One of the most-visited farmers’ markets in Illinois is located right here in Urbana.

Producer: Pam Dempsey,


Urbana's Farmers Market at the Square from Illinois Public Media on Vimeo.


Randolph Street Community Garden

Community gardens are part of the production side of our local food system. They’re places where people who don’t have space for a garden, lease, or are given, free-of-charge, a small plot of land to grow fruits and vegetable

Producer: Pam Dempsey, 


Randolph Street Community Garden from Illinois Public Media on Vimeo.


Healthy Cooking 101

It’s easy to be swayed to turn to fast and affordable food that may not be healthy. But in Urbana, Illinois there’s a push to teach people the basics of healthy cooking on a budget.  

Producer: Sean Powers, Illinios Public Media 


Healthy Cooking 101 from Illinois Public Media on Vimeo.

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