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Iowa State University Extension & Outreach: Story County
ISU Extension and Outreach is part of Iowa State University. We take the university’s research and turn it into learning opportunities for Iowans.
2016 Local Food Cycle ‘Eat. Ride. Repeat.’
The 3rd Annual Local Food Cycle was a beautiful day filled with amazing views of Iowa, delicious local food, and education about agriculture and natural resources. We had 30 volunteers, board members, and staff helping with the event which hosted 85 riders! There were ten stops and the ride as approximately 45 miles long. We started at JAX Mercantile in Ames for registration and coffee. Riders went a few miles down the road to AgVenture for a fair featuring Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Local Food Team, Iowa State University’s Office of Sustainability, and Healthiest Ames. We served granola bars from Wheatsfield Cooperative.
At Jeremy Gustafson’s farm we had a soil health trailer and wetland tours. We served an egg and ham bake made by The Bistro in Story City. At Wilber’s Produce we had sweet corn on the cob and had tours of their pumpkin patch and vegetable farm.
At Boone Valley Brewing Company riders interacted with a local business and enjoyed soft pretzels from Salt and Pretzel, another local business in Ames. From there they went to Salama Greenhouse where owner Mike Salama gave riders a tour of his greenhouse. Iowa State University Dining served kale and prosciutto salad on a tomato tartlet. At Ledges State Park the park manager, Andy Bartlett, gave riders an overview of the park’s natural history while they enjoyed apples from Center Grove Orchard.
At Toms Ranch they took a tour of a grass fed livestock operation and were able to interact with cows, goats, and the farmers themselves while enjoying pizza from local food truck 515 Pi. They ended the ride at West Towne Pub with ice cream from Picket Fence Creamery and live music from Ruthless Ruth.
Featured "At Work for Iowa" articleOur Story: Gardening for Food Pantries
Start with an idea: grow fresh produce for donation to food pantries. Mix together ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition education, Master Gardeners and ISU Research and Demonstration Farms. The goal: More than 10,000 pounds of food for Iowans in need.
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