In the Community

Marnie Record, workforce specialist, Value Added Local Foods Program, recently participated in the Tri-State Local Food Summit held at John Wood Community College in Quincy. A variety of food service managers, parents, farm to school program administrators, and community members from Illinois, Iowa and Missouri attended the day of education to learn more about various aspects of growing and using local foods.

Marnie spoke at the conference about farm to school programming in the states of Illinois and Iowa and gave an overview of how the program works to include education, procurement, and school gardens.  Attendees learned how to start and improve farm to school programs and get involved with farm to school work in their respective communities. Marnie also spoke on a panel about “what is local” that discussed various definitions and implications of local food.

Dr. Judy Jozaitis speaks at Midwest Transportation Workforce Summit

Judy Jozaitis, Ed.D., vice president, workforce development and community education, presented twice at the Midwest Transportation Workforce Summit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dec. 8. The first presentation was “The CDL, A Pathway to Success.” The second presentation was “Workforce Inclusion and Diversity Partnerships, Ticket to the Middle Class: Overcoming Barriers, Including Former Incarceration.”

LLCC garden farm stand open Wednesday

The LLCC garden farm stand is open Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and is featuring spinach, cilantro, scallions, carrots, mesclun mix and kale grown on campus. Some quantities are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Congratulations to Marnie Record and the Value-Added Food program!

LLCC’s Value-Added Food Program and Marnie Record, workforce specialist, have been selected as winners of the Illinois StewardshipGolden Beet webtag Marnie Record Golden Beet webtag Marnie Record2 Alliance (ISA) Scaling Up Golden Beet Award.

The Golden Beet awards are given out annually by ISA in order to recognize those outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses that are paving the way for local food system development throughout Illinois.  Six Golden Beets are awarded each year under the following categories: farm to school, restaurants and institutions, community food projects, innovative farmer, scaling up, and other varieties.

An unbiased selection committee made up of individuals involved in local food work around the state selected Marnie as the winner of the Scaling Up category for your work in creating the Value Added Food Program at Lincoln Land Community College.  The awards will be presented Thursday, Dec. 3 at the ISA’s annual meeting.

Congratulations, Marnie!

Winter Vegetable Gardening begins Sept. 14

Join Workforce Development for a rare opportunity to learn about winter vegetable production from experienced genHkids farmer Andy Heck during Winter Vegetable Gardening being held Mondays, Sept. 14-Dec. 14 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the community garden behind Montgomery Hall.

Follow the planting and harvest through hands-on demonstration and exercises, while learning everything you want to know about growing produce year-round. Each week offers new instructions as the season changes. Gardeners can expect to learn about planting schedules, optimal planting techniques for weed reduction and space maximization, high tunnel and low tunnel technologies, pest and disease management issues specific to winter growing, and more. Participants are welcome to come for the full time or drop in for part of the time, and can come one time or come each week. Bring questions and work gloves. For more information contact Marnie Record at or 217-786-4993.

Get your food questions answered!

Have a food or cooking question? Email

The authors of Epicuriosity 101 – Nancy Sweet, Marnie Record and Jay Kitterman – are ready to answer any questions you have about food (including organic and local food), cooking, baking or eating. Your question and their answer may appear in a future Epicuriosity 101 column in the State Journal-Register. Take advantage of the knowledge of these experts. Send your question to

Free lunch offered in Bistro Verde today!

The Value-Added Local Food program through the Workforce Development division is training food service managers for the Springfield Public School District this week. Free lunch is being served for the campus community in Bistro Verde, WFCC 1103, at 11:45 a.m. again today on a first-come, first-served basis; no reservations accepted. The menu changes daily. Contact Marnie Record at 786-4993 for more information.

Free lunch being served in Bistro Verde today

Food service managers from Springfield District 186 schools will be serving lunch again today at 11:45 a.m. in Bistro Verde, Workforce Careers Center. No reservations are required; however, seating is limited in the Bistro. Guests may be directed to open classrooms or other seating areas to eat. Food will be served until it runs out. The food service managers have been learning to prepare lunches this week with local foods through a Workforce Development Value-Added Local Food course.

Enjoy a free lunch today and tomorrow!

Faculty and staff can enjoy a free lunch today and tomorrow (Thurs.) prepared by food service managers from Springfield District 186 schools who are learning to cook from scratch with local food through a Workforce Development Value-Added Local Food course. Lunch is being served both days at 11:45 a.m. in Bistro Verde, Workforce Careers Center. No reservations are required. Food will be served until it runs out.

Faculty and staff invited to free lunch June 9, 10, 11

Food service managers from Springfield’s District 186 schools are learning to cook from scratch with local food through a Workforce Development Value-Added Local Food course. Faculty and staff are invited to lunch being prepared by the class. The free lunch is being served at 11:45 a.m. on  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 9-11, in Bistro Verde, Workforce Careers Center. No reservations are required. Food will only be served until it runs out.