Category Archives: Food

Hidden Costs of Drought and Floods

    Gregory McIsaac Climate models indicate that Midwestern US will likely experience warmer and more volatile weather in the future, with more intense rainfall and more frequent and severe droughts. Trends in this direction are already evident. The severe … Continue reading

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Summer Classes at Common Ground’s Flatlander Classroom

Visit Urban Bees! Led by Maggie Wachter $10 owners/$15 non-owners Saturday, July 27th, 1-3pm Min 4/Max 12 Local beekeeper Maggie Wachter will take you on a thrilling journey in her teaching apiary located just a few blocks from the Common … Continue reading

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The Cheesemonger Spotlights Prairie Fruits Farm

by Billy LeGrand, Common Ground Food Co-op In a follow-up from the October issue of The Public i, this month, The Cheesemonger will focus on Champaign’s own award-winning Prairie Fruits Farm, just north of I-74 on N. Lincoln Ave. For … Continue reading

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To Eat or Not to Eat GE Foods: Let Me Decide!

I moved here last month as the Champaign-Urbana field organizer for Food & Water Watch, the national consumer advocacy organization working to protect our food and water resources. We are working to return the power of choice to consumers by … Continue reading

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The Cheesemonger: Common Ground Food Co-op Hires Cheese Expert

By Billy LeGrand “Who cut the cheese?”  “So you’re the cheese whiz?”  “You call that a job?!” As a cheesemonger, I’ve heard more than my fair share of “cheesy” puns – they are irresistibly delicious.  I’ve also heard plenty of … Continue reading

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The International Year of Cooperatives: The Change We Have Been Waiting For

It would seem that when a systemic crisis arises, the problem is identified as either the market (the Banks!) or the state (entitlement programs!). Yet, in a perversely twisted line of logic, the corrective solution for such crises is either … Continue reading

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Growing Community Through Local Capital

Jacqueline Hannah Jacqueline Hannah is a 15 year resident of C-U and the general manager of Common Ground Food Co-op in Urbana. She’s passionate about growing the cooperative movement and being a part of the health and vitality of her … Continue reading

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Common Ground Food Coop Raises Funds for Expansion!

On Monday, August 1st at exactly 1:51pm an e-mail went out to over 3,000 members of the Champaign-Urbana community that started off with the following in big, bold letters:  “You did it! As of this minute we have owner loan … Continue reading

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Champaign Farmers Market

Fresh produce, award winning barbecue, and a Prosperity Garden run by the Boys and Girls Club are amongst the attractions that residents can enjoy at the Champaign Farmers Market on Thursdays from 3PM to 7PM. Located on a city parking … Continue reading

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Jimmy Johns Under Fire for Health Risks

While some have expressed displeasure with the recent photos of Jimmy John Liautaud’s hunting of leopards and other exotic animals, another much more damaging story has fallen under the radar. In April, a Minneapolis-St. Paul Jimmy John’s franchise fired six … Continue reading

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