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Raise a glass to toast your favorite green restaurant! Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2013 People's Choice Nature's Plate Awards. Together we can celebrate the restaurants doing their part for nature -
and your taste buds!

Sustainability Deserves 5 Stars

© Nick Hall

From the oysters on your plate to the water in your glass, nature nourishes our bodies. You're invited to make a difference this fall by nominating your favorite green restaurant for a Nature's Plate 2013 People's Choice Award.

Wondering which restaurants to vote for? Consider eateries that are using sustainable seafood, free-range and grass-fed meat, organic produce, locally sourced food, and tap water (rather than bottled water).

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Collaborating with Farmers along the Mackinaw River

Franklin Farm is Setting of Innovative Conservation Projects

© Timothy T. Lindembaum

Increasing urban development and changing agricultural practices have resulted in pollution and habitat loss along the Mackinaw River. These negative impacts aside, the Mackinaw River Watershed is one of the state's finest examples of a restorable watershed. At the nearby Franklin Demonstration Farm, The Nature Conservancy is working with partners and local farmers to find and implement new agricultural techniques which simultaneously conserve the land, clean our water, ensure consistent crop production and reduce costs.

What does it look like? Picture this: An Illinois corn farmer plants a cover crop of rye in late August, which locks necessary nutrients into the soil and reduces erosion during the winter months. Another constructs a wetland close to his farmland, which slows down agricultural runoff and decreases the amount of nutrients and pesticides that enter the drinking water supply.

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