Small businesses invited to inform Iowa COVID-19 recovery

by Courtney Long, FFED program coordinator The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Polk County and other regional community partners are working to improve economic stability and recovery from COVID-19. As part of this effort, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is supporting the project through understanding small business (under 50 employees) and community organization’s challenges and … Continue reading Small businesses invited to inform Iowa COVID-19 recovery

New database provides national resources for food systems practitioners

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 revealed the crucial role local food systems can play in community food security. The nation’s food systems practitioners have identified professional development opportunities as a pressing need in addressing food security and equity. ISU Extension led a national team in developing a national database of practitioners and educational resources. The … Continue reading New database provides national resources for food systems practitioners

All-virtual food systems certifications broaden impact

The FFED Food Systems team recently wrapped up delivery of our first all-virtual Local Food Leader and Community Food Systems certification programs. Local Food Leader is an individual skill development program for beginning local food practitioners and local food supporters. It teaches foundational competencies critical to successful involvement in community food systems development. Community Food … Continue reading All-virtual food systems certifications broaden impact

Iowa Food of the Month materials now available free to schools, daycares

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship developed the Choose Iowa™ campaign to: create support for farmers drive demand for the products they produce, and generate excitement about agriculture innovation happening in Iowa. Thanks to a USDA Farm to School grant, the Iowa Department of Education can now expand the campaign to schools, childcare … Continue reading Iowa Food of the Month materials now available free to schools, daycares