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New collaboration supports Iowa small businesses through COVID-19 and beyond

by Victor Oyervides, retail business specialist, FFED Enterprise Development Team The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines collaborate as “to work jointly with others or together, especially in an intellectual endeavor.” COVID-19 has only amplified the urgency for creative collaboration to solve Iowa’s pressing, immediate concerns. ISU Extension and Outreach created such a collaboration earlier this year with … Continue reading New collaboration supports Iowa small businesses through COVID-19 and beyond

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2020 Farm to Summer campaign

What is the Crunch into Cucumbers Campaign? “Crunch into Cucumbers” is a statewide effort to promote summer meal sites by celebrating local CUCUMBERS as the coolest vegetable of the summer. And kids will think so, too! We hope focusing on this refreshing, readily available veggie will increase participation at Iowa summer meal sites and support … Continue reading 2020 Farm to Summer campaign

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State partnerships deepen to create the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition

by Chelsea Krist, FFED farm to school and ECE coordinator Big news! The Iowa Farm to School Coalition and the Iowa Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition recently merged. Here’s how shared interests and the collaborative nature of their work brought them together to create the newly established Iowa Farm to School and Early … Continue reading State partnerships deepen to create the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition

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Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference is June 18-19 in Waukee

Save the date for the 2020 Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference, June 18-19 at Timberline School in Waukee, Iowa! Registration is coming soon. This year marks the third annual farm to school conference, and the first sponsored by the recently combined Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition. Here’s what you … Continue reading Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference is June 18-19 in Waukee