The Community Food Systems program provides three different areas of practice: technical assistance, research, and certifications. The program began as a multi-phased, multi-year process that works in partnership with communities to develop and design their local and regional food systems. The program is designed to:
- develop trust and coalitions
- research and assess existing conditions and goals in the health and food system context
- design and implement priority projects related to the coalition's mission and vision
Local Food Leader: Training in foundational practices in food systems development, including equity, leadership, food systems practices, and evaluation.
Community Food Systems: Training in the Community Food Systems process utilized at Iowa State University, including coalition development, priority project identification, design thinking, economic impact analysis, creating dynamic teams, and evaluation.
Program: Collaboration with communities for the design and development of place-based food systems occurring within communities through a fee-for-service agreement.
- Local Food Leader: One-day workshop followed by four online modules to complete certification
- Community Food Systems: Two-day workshop followed by four online modules to complete certification
Community Food Systems Program: Communities or individual organizations seeking assistance in various areas of food system development; may include, but not limited to communitywide development of food systems coordination, projects within gardening and production, processing and value-added production, distribution and food hubs, public markets and retail, food waste solutions, and resource management.
Local Food Leader Certification: Individuals who are convening working groups and coalitions and seeking additional professional development opportunities for foundational practices in collective strategies for food systems development.
Community Food Systems Certification: Individuals or teams looking for additional professional development to transform communities through a design process for creative food systems development utilizing collective impact and strategic doing principles.
Program: $24,000 for the multi-year process ($8,000/year). Scopes of work for individual projects are available and vary.
Certifications: Currently there are two openings for national trainings at $1,000 for our pilot program. Final fee will be determined after the pilot program is completed.
Program: Communities agree in writing to commit to a fee for service and assist in developing a leadership coalition that represents the community.
Certifications: Communities accepted for certification agree to provide a training site, meals for participants and trainers, and a $1,000 stipend for curriculum development.
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