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150 schools use local ingredients in 170,000 meals for first Iowa Local Food Day

by Leigh Adcock, Communications Specialist Students in 150 schools around Iowa ate delicious locally grown foods in 170,000 meals on Thursday, Oct. 11—Iowa’s first-ever Local Food Day! “It was an amazing day!” said Teresa Wiemerslage, extension field specialist serving eastern Iowa and a member of the planning team. “It was fun to see all the … Continue reading 150 schools use local ingredients in 170,000 meals for first Iowa Local Food Day

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Iowa school food service directors visit Minneapolis Public Schools

by Leigh Adcock, Communications Specialist When it comes to farm to school, Minneapolis Public Schools have got it going on. That’s why a group of nine Iowa school food service directors and staff recently hit I-35 north for a tour of some Twin Cities sites. Local Foods Program staffers Lynn Heuss, Chelsea Krist, and I … Continue reading Iowa school food service directors visit Minneapolis Public Schools

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Food Hub Managers Working Group creates connections in Fairfield

by Kayla Koether, ISU Food Systems Specialist Iowa’s Food Hub Managers Working Group (FHMWG) met in Fairfield earlier this spring, to learn more about the area’s products and explore potential partnerships. The group gathered at the Sustainable Living Coalition‘s SEED (Sustainable Education, Enterprise, and Design) Center, hosted by Barbara Stone. Jason Grimm of Iowa Valley … Continue reading Food Hub Managers Working Group creates connections in Fairfield

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See our 2017 Local Foods Program annual report for highlights

by Leigh Adcock, Communications Specialist Our Local Foods Program 2017 annual report is available for viewing at this link! The new report profiles some of the exciting food systems projects going on all over the state of Iowa, many of which our staff is privileged to support. Some highlights: We helped the Iowa Department of … Continue reading See our 2017 Local Foods Program annual report for highlights