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What is the Master Foodie Progam?

The Dubuque County Master Foodie program provides current, research-based, local information about our Dubuque County food system. Through participation in a 5 week hybrid online and in person course, participants will gain a greater understanding of the food system through online training modules, in person tours, and hands on local food activities.  

Program training schedule

  • Week 1 (August 24)- Working in Food Systems & Community Overview (online)
  • Week 2 (August 31)- Food Production (farm visit)
  • Week 3 (Sept 7)- Local Food Preparation (kitchen skills)
  • Week 4 (Sept 14)- Distribution (local foods in our community)
  • Week 5 (Sept 21)- Bringing it all back home (sustainability, wrap up)
Cutting beef meat
cutting vegetables for meal
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Program Details

When is Master Foodie? Weekly sessions will be held on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm starting August 24th – September 21st.  Training topics will include food production, sustainability, local food distribution, and cooking and preparation among others. Online modules will be available each week to complete at your leisure. Total time commitment each week is roughly 3 hours. 

Where are classes? Classes are held at locations around Dubuque depending on the week’s training topic.

What is the Cost? The cost for this program is $80 and all registrants will be required to complete a background check prior to the start of the cohort. 

How do I Register? Registration deadline is August 17 for a class start date of August 24. Participants may register at

What volunteer opportunities are available? Following the training course, Master Foodies are requested to complete 10 volunteer hours helping to promote or educate others about our local food system. Volunteer opportunities may include but are not limited to:

  • Harvest of the Month Preschool
  • PoP Club at Dyersville and Dubuque Farmers Markets
  • Video Production
  • In school taste tests