Community Food Systems Program

(formerly Ag Urbanism Toolkit)
Local foods advocates gathered in early 2016 for the 2nd Annual Ag Urbanism Toolkit celebration, facilitated by Courtney Long.

The Community Food Systems (CFS) program is a multi-phased, multi-year program housed within the ISU Extension and Outreach’s Local Foods Program (within Agriculture and Natural Resources), and the Community Economic Development unit. The program strategically partners with the Community Design Lab for design assistance throughout the process.

This program partners with communities to develop and design their local and regional food systems. Devoted to long-term community empowerment and lasting impacts, the program requires deep community engagement over two phases:

Phase One: Research and Coalition Development:

  • Develops trust within communities and generates a place-based coalition name, vision, mission and core values
  • Assesses existing conditions and goals of the food systems
  • Determines priority projects through a facilitated evaluation meeting

Phase Two: Design and Implementation

  • Designs priority projects as a project team
  • Creates momentum, capacity for program development and implementation of projects

New in 2017: View the Community Food Systems Program menu of services available to your community, and download an application form!

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