Laura Miller
Communications Specialist

515-294-5274
lwmiller@iastate.edu

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Ready access to produce and other locally grown and processed foods is a sign of a strong local foods system. That’s the goal for six Iowa communities participating in an Iowa State University project called the Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit.

Iowans have a resource to help them connect to local food producers in their area. The directory, Iowa CSA Farms: 2015 Statewide List of CSA Farms and Organizers Serving Iowa, is available from ISU Extension and Outreach and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

The Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit, an Iowa State University project designed to help communities build their capacity to produce, process and distribute food, will be featured at the Iowa Hunger Summit that is part of World Food Prize activities.

In Iowa, local food is fun, but it also is a vehicle for rural economic development, as four new videos from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach show.

A new bio-dome display at Iowa State University’s Reiman Gardens looks into the future of farming in space, as well as here on Earth. The bio-dome is the main attraction in the Hughes Conservatory through Nov. 15 as part of Reiman Gardens’ space and science fiction theme this year.

Consumers interested in eating local have more resources to do so with the updated directory, Iowa CSA Farms: 2014 Statewide List of Iowa CSA Farms and Organizers.
 

The spotlight is on local food business expansion in this year's Iowa Local Food Conference April 8 at the Quality Inn in Ames.

A new Sustainable Vegetable Production website at www.extension.iastate.edu/vegetablelab has the latest research for fruit and vegetable growers. Results, publications, videos and other resources generated by research conducted by extension vegetable specialist Ajay Nair and his lab team are posted on the site.

Producers making the switch to organic crops to meet growing market demand not only fetch premium prices, according to a recent study; they also build healthy soil and sequester carbon, making organic agriculture a useful strategy for dealing with climate change.

Iowans will have a chance to form partnerships and network with other local food enthusiasts at an upcoming conference, “Road Map for Resilience: Empowering Iowa’s Local Food Economy,” at the ISU Scheman Building on March 19-20.