Vendor registration open for 2021 ISU Local Food Festival

An Adventure in Eating and Community is an annual festival at Iowa State University celebrating local food and healthy living. The event takes place each September on the sidewalk between Beardshear and Curtiss Halls on central campus in Ames. The sixth annual festival will take place Wednesday, September 22, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 … Continue reading Vendor registration open for 2021 ISU Local Food Festival

Register by May 28 for CFS virtual certification

Food systems practitioners nationwide can ramp up their skills by enrolling in ISU’s Community Food Systems training and certification, offered entirely online. The next class cohort begins June 3 and runs through December 16. The training includes both live virtual discussions and pre-recorded online learning modules. Some scholarships are available. May 28 is the deadline … Continue reading Register by May 28 for CFS virtual certification

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New tool helps food service evaluate on-farm food safety practices

Institutional buyers of fresh, whole produce need assurances that growers followed safe food handling practices during production, harvest and delivery. These buyers may include the food service staff at schools, hospitals, care facilities and others. The US Food and Drug Administration offers guidelines for farmers to follow, known as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). But third-party … Continue reading New tool helps food service evaluate on-farm food safety practices

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Growing small-scale produce processing capacity in Iowa

Iowans know fresh, local produce is tasty and good for them. But how can small businesses or non-profits keep supplying local vegetables to clients through long Midwest winters? One potential solution: a mobile produce processing cart allowing them to can or freeze the vegetables. The Mobile Produce Processing Cart Project builds on five years of … Continue reading Growing small-scale produce processing capacity in Iowa