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Category Archives: Food Systems

Jubliee Farm Hosts Internaltional Visitors

JF1We were very honored to have a visit of the International Leadership Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, organized here in Springfield by Jeff Berg. Along with five interpreters, Dr. Zakeu Antonio from Angola, Mr. Alassane Doumbia and Ms. Yasmina Frederique Ouenin Epse Guessen from Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Mamihaja Raherimiarantsoa from Madagascar, Mr. John Bala from Nigeria, Mr. Methiour Seye from Senegal, and Mr. Ntokozo Chonco from South Africa learned about sustainable agriculture, family farms, and efforts like ours here at Jubilee Farm. These people, with their already impressive resumes, are all future leaders in their countries. Most of them returned to their countries with some of Sr. Mary Fran’s pottery!JF2

On May 11, 2013 Jubilee Farm was honored to host a visit from the African delegation of the International Visitor Leadership Program.  Springfield is one of 94 communities across the U.S. that make up the National Commission on International Visitors, run by the U.S. State Department. The goal of the program is to bring over future leaders who have never visited the United States for three weeks of programming related to whatever specialty the attendees possess.  The program also focuses on engagement with Americans and our culture.

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Along with their five interpreters, we were very happy to engage with seven future leaders from the countries of Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa.  Sr. Sharon Zayac spoke to them about sustainable farming, community-supported agriculture, and the need to connect people with their food supply. There was much head-nodding when she spoke about the issues regarding GMO (genetically modified) foods.

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We trust their visit helped them see some of the home folks here in our country. We know their presence here did that for us.

Sr. Sharon Zayak is a Board Member of SSI

October 23rd – National Food Day

On National Food Day, Tuesday, October 23, I attended the Healthy Farms Healthy People symposium in Springfield sponsored by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Illinois Public Health Institute and the Illinois Local Food, Farms and Jobs Council. The focus was to celebrate this day and recognize the movement toward more healthy, affordable and sustainable food. Speakers… Continue Reading

SSI Member Protested in St. Louis Against GMOs and Monsanto

On Monday, September 17th, worldwide protests were staged against GMO production and specifically Monsanto’s part in this Russian roulette against our food system. I was privileged to attend 3 separate rallies in St. Louis on that day: The Millennium Hotel, Whole Foods in Brentwood & Monsanto Headquarters. Here is a live clip from Fox News-… Continue Reading