For Extension

Informational materials for counties about the Local Foods Program and ways to engage in community food systems:

Are you a local food coordinator or other county Extension staff engaging in local foods work and looking for more specific resources?  Check out our other resources for producers in your area, professional development opportunities for yourself, program funding opportunities, community coalition development, curriculum for working with youth and more under our “Tools” navigation tab.

Have additional questions or can’t find a resource you are looking for?  Contact Caitlin Szymanski,, who would be more than happy to help.

Looking for ISU Extension professionals engaged in Local Foods?

Examples of Extension-led local food projects:

ISU Extension and Outreach county staff are already leading in local foods by:


  • Helping initiate farm-to-school and farm-to-institution projects
  • Initiating and participating in developing a local or regional food hub
  • Providing educational programing such as workshops on seasonal menu planning and cooking
  • Creating a regional food identity with branding and marketing campaign
  • Supporting the creation of an incubator farm for beginning farmers
  • Increasing food access for low-income populations by initiating and supporting garden and food box donation efforts
  • Planning “farm crawls” showcasing local producers

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