Local Food System Educator for the University of Illinois Extension
Bill Davison is a Local Food System Educator for the University of Illinois Extension. With his academic background in wildlife biology and 8 years as a diverse, small-scale organic farmer, Bill continually looks for ways to apply his insights into biology, ecology, and agriculture to drive change in the local food system in Illinois. Bill understands that public health concerns, the uncertain economy and changing climate patterns demand a significant change in how the nation produces food, and he believes Central Illinois could be ground zero for the transformation. Toward this end, Bill has founded the Grand Prairie Grain Guild to help farmers transition to organic food-grade grains. He has worked with a local government to plant the Refuge Food Forest, a 1-acre planting of organic fruits and nuts free for public consumption and enjoyment. Bill is also a founding member of the Artisan Grain Collaborative, Regenerate Illinois, and the IDEA Farm Network. Through these types of initiatives, Bill wants Central Illinois to take its place in the worldwide movement to incorporate perennial crops into our food system through agroforestry and organic practices.
It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. If done right, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes while supporting the people-centered rural development and protecting the environment. Right now, our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests, and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded. Climate change […]