Informational materials for counties about the Local Foods Program and ways to engage in community food systems:
- Local Foods Program Overview for Counties (pdf)
- Printable Local Foods Program Specialist Staff Directory (pdf)
- Learning more about Local Food Coordinator Positions (pdf)
- Why is ISU Extension and Outreach investing in Local Foods?
- 2014 Report about Local Food Engagement Best Practices from Extension Regional Directors (pdf)
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, email@example.com, who would be more than happy to help.
Looking for ISU Extension professionals engaged in Local Foods?
- Visit the Local Foods Program staff page to learn more about our team’s areas of support.
- To find county staff around the state engaging in local food systems, go to a local county Extension website and search the staff page for ‘local food coordinator’; if there is not a local food coordinator listed for that county or region, other county staff that may be engaging with local food efforts are horticulture specialists, Master Gardener coordinators, or County Youth Coordinators (CYCs). Click here to easily find a county’s Extension webpage.
- To locate ISU Extension specialists and resources, outside of the Local Food Program, check out the following:
- To locate other ISU campus-based faculty and student programs engaged in local foods, check out our publication Learning about Local at Iowa State University.
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