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Supporting food systems leaders around the US

by Bre Miller, program coordinator Last fall, our Community Food Systems team hosted four Local Food Leader (LFL) workshops in Iowa, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Oregon. These locations were selected as national hubs, providing access to this in-person workshop in the central, western, and eastern areas of the US. Local Food Leader is an individual skill … Continue reading Supporting food systems leaders around the US

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Produce safety outreach to Plain communities in Iowa

by Teresa Wiemerslage, field specialist ISU has been offering Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower trainings in Iowa for about two years. But our food safety team noticed very few Plain growers at trainings. Plain farmers can include Amish, Mennonite or Hutterite Christians. They tend to live in separate communities, and they vary in their use … Continue reading Produce safety outreach to Plain communities in Iowa

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Pleasant Hill “agrihood” unique in community development

Ever heard the word “agrihood?” It’s a combination of agriculture and neighborhood, and the concept is popping up in community planning nationwide. Pleasant Hill is a city of about 8,700 a few miles east of Des Moines. Our Community Food Systems team, led by Courtney Long, worked with city leaders and residents for three years … Continue reading Pleasant Hill “agrihood” unique in community development