Beginning Local Food Coordinator Toolkit

Stepping into a local food coordinator position can often be overwhelming and challenging.  Below are a curated set of “tools” and publications developed by the Local Foods program that can help you begin to shape and understand your new role and plan your next steps. These tools were selected and created based on the feedback shared by experienced coordinators. We hope they continue to be beneficial – please contact us if you would like to see additional resources developed/added to the list.

Getting started –                     

Local Food System Development Tools – After asset mapping the resources and stakeholders in your region, next steps usually involve bringing coalitions together or helping to strengthen those that already exist.

Most Common Beginning Project Tools – Many local food coordinators have identified that they support community gardens and farm to school efforts.

Evaluation Tools – It’s never too early to think about how to evaluate the impact and progress you will make in your work.  Learn more about how to build evaluation into the planning stages of your coalition and program development.

Iowa local food coordinators and practitioners at a RFSWG field day in 2016


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Local Foods Program
Curtiss Hall, Ames, IA 50011; 515-294-3086