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Kane County Health Dept, SGA maintain a ...

The partnership between the Kane County Department of Health (KCDH) and Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) began in 2009, and it’s still going strong. Michael Isaacson, the department’s assistant director of community health, recalls SGA’s executive director Gary Cuneen offering assistance at the formation of a coalition called the Healthy Living Council of Greater Aurora. The council, being new, was […]

Farm to School Network holds Summit in S...

On June 7, the first Annual Illinois Farm to School Summit brought together teachers, food service staff, community advocates, and farmers from around the state. Designed to be interactive, the summit gave attendees a chance to prepare the lunch menu onsite and from scratch using locally sourced ingredients. “We wanted to revise the school lunch […]

SGA receives USDA grant to increase loca...

Seven Generations Ahead is one of 74 projects in 39 states that received support through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Program, in an effort to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers. The Aurora, Ill.-area Kane County Health Department and SGA received a $85,767 implementation grant that […]

Hatch School garden reaps what it sows

Taste of Hatch Patch dinner gets underway. The Hatch School garden on the corner of Ridgeland Avenue and Greenfield Street, called the Hatch Patch, produced a whopping 400 pounds of produce this year. The haul included 80 pounds of acorn squash, 62 pounds of butternut squash, and 54 pounds of potatoes! It was also a […]

Garden Towers Invade Kane County

This May, Seven Generations Ahead partnered with the Kane County Health Department’s Fit For Kids Initiative to give out Tower Gardens at five Kane County public schools. What exactly is a Tower Garden? It is an innovative, portable, vertical garden that grows food using aeroponic technology, which is similar to hydroponics but harnesses the air […]

Kids Rave About Kale

“More kale, please!” That’s what a group of first through third graders at Stagg Elementary shouted after trying kale for the first time. The students are participating in the Illinois Farm to School Network’s eight-week after-school program. As you know, Seven Generations Ahead is deeply involved in the Illinois Farm to School Network, a statewide […]

The State of Illinois Farm to School

Farm to School has been a growing movement in the state of Illinois for over a decade, with many dedicated people and groups working together for our students. Now more than ever before, Farm to School is growing across the country. Illinois is a part of that growth. With every new school garden, every new […]

Growing Health in Rural Coles County, IL

Seven Generations Ahead is extremely thankful for the support of the Lumpkin Family Foundation, which allows us to expand our work and advance healthy communities throughout Illinois. SGA’s Fresh From the Farm program created five successful workshops with Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in 2014. The workshops were designed as holistic supports to the work […]