We are currently accepting registrations for an in-depth professional development course to begin in fall 2017. It’s called the Collective Impact and Systems Thinking Professional Development Program, and will be presented by Kathy Zurcher, PhD. Registration deadline is July 1, 2017. Click here for more information and to register!
Local Foods Program webinar archive
Click the links below to view recordings of our peer-to-peer webinars for local food leaders, convened by the Local Foods Program for practitioners statewide.
Writing Successful Grants to Support Your Food Systems Work. Presentation and discussion on how to write a successful grant to support your local foods work, featuring grant writer Mary Swalla Holmes. Click here for Mary’s notes. (Recorded live April 27, 2017; 1:20:51; YouTube video.).
Food Systems Evaluation. Slide presentation on evaluation of local food systems programming, featuring Arlene Enderton and Corry Bregendahl, Local Foods Program evaluators. (From a webinar presented live on January 24, 2017, not recorded.)
Conflict Management. Presentation and discussion on types of conflict and different management approaches, featuring Ellen Anderson, from the Buena Vista Extension office. (Recorded live September 15, 2016; 59:51; YouTube video.)
Coaching Colleagues, Leaders, and Allies. Presentation and discussion on the value and practice of “peer coaching,” featuring Savanna Lyons, ISU graduate research assistant and former director of the statewide West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition. (Recorded live August 4, 2016; 1:06:36; YouTube video.)
Click the links below to view slide presentations on various topics, developed by Local Foods Program staff. PDF format.
For RFSWG presentations, click here.
Overviews of ISU’s Local Food and Farm programming
- Intro to Local Food and Farm Program (Chase, 2014)
- Local Foods Team Lightning Talk (Chase, 2016)
- Local Foods Program Overview (Heuss, 2016)
- Local Foods Program Overview (Chase, 2016)
Overviews of local food systems
- Why Local, Why Now? (Chase, 2014)
- Local Food Systems Overview (Topaloff, 2015)
- Local Food Systems Overview & the Local Foods Team (Heuss, 2016)
- Hot Topics in Iowa Local Foods (Topaloff, 2016)
Tools for local food systems professionals
|Program||Structure and fee||Summary|
|Sustainable Food Systems Certificate
University of Minnesota – Duluth
-> Certificate: $995 for 5 courses.
-> Individual courses: $239.
|The certificate is designed for people who want to learn more about the major issues surrounding today’s food systems and what is needed to create sustainable food systems for the future.
Modules can be taken independently or together. Some of the topics include: Current Food Issues, History of Sustainable Agriculture, Genetically Modified Food, Climate Change and Food Production, Gender and Farming, U.S. Farm Bill, Food Policy, etc.
|Leadership for Sustainable Food Systems Professional Certificate
University of Vermont
|Online followed by a “residential learning experience” for 3–5 weeks.
$1,772 (noncredit) to
$3,731 (for credits)
|The program expects that students will be able to answer many important questions by the end of the four week course including: What are my personal leadership strengths and how can I recognize and help others apply their strengths meaningfully? What is systems thinking? How can I better articulate and measure my own personal and/or organizational goals? What are some emerging strategies, innovations, and/or practices that have a high potential for positive change?
|Local Food Systems Graduate Course, and Professional Development Course, for Extension Agents
North Carolina State Extension
|This course is a comprehensive training program in local food systems focused toward an audience of Extension agents from all program areas. Participants will understand the benefits and challenges of localized food systems and be able to assess and act on the key leverage points of making food systems change in their counties. They will also learn to effectively lead or facilitate a collaborative process aligning local food system structures and components.|
|An introduction to the US Food System: Perspectives from public health
John Hopkins University
|7-week, free online course.||Through several case studies, we will discuss some key historical and political factors that have helped shape the current food system and consider alternative approaches from farm to fork. Topics include food security, food animal production, aquaculture, food waste, and the farm bill.|
|Growing Food 1 & 2
Systems Thinking Online
Gaia College (Canada)
|Each course is $695.||Courses are offered over a specific time frame (several times a year, but not self-paced), with “virtual classroom” interactions that allow structured activities.
Courses of interest include:
– Growing food 1: Fundamentals online
– Growing food 2: Advanced practices online
– Systems thinking online
|Sustainable Local Food Certificate
|Online. $715 US, 1 academic year to complete.||Field to Fork: Introduction to Local and Global Food Systems
– Food System Trends and Policy in Canada Today
– Understanding Sustainable Farming: Principles and Practices
– Between Farm and Table: Local Food Businesses and Cooperatives
– Food Security and Food Justice in Canada
– Urban Agriculture, Community Gardens, Food Secure Cities
|Urban Agriculture and Food Security Course
|Online course, free.||Includes courses on understanding Urban Agriculture, Dimensions of Urban Agriculture, Urban Agriculture Types and Policy Making. This course is self-paced and includes presentations, readings, and guided activities.|
Non-ISU webinar archives
Check out the following websites to watch useful webinars.
- National Good Food Network, live monthly and archived here: http://ngfn.org/resources/ngfn-cluster-calls
- National Farm to School Lunch Bites: http://www.farmtoschool.org/resources (Search for “Webinars”)
- Practical Farmers of Iowa Farminars, a local favorite. Live every Tuesday evening during the winter, and archived here: http://practicalfarmers.org/farmer-knowledge/farminar-archive/
- SARE Building Local and Regional Food Systems topic room: http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Topic-Rooms/Farm-to-Table-Building-Local-and-Regional-Food-Systems
Where to look for jobs
Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the Local Foods Team. These websites are provided only as a resource.
COMFOOD Jobs elist: an announccment service for employment, internships, and
similar opportunities across the sustainable food system spectrum.
Good Food Jobs: searchable search engine for jobs in the healthy food sector, both in and outside the US.
Sustainable Food Jobs: volunteer-run website listing job opportunities available in the domestic sustainable food and agriculture sector.
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