Community Food Systems Annual Event
Our Community Food Systems Program (formerly the Ag Urbanism Toolkit) began hosting an annual event in 2015. Held in winter, this daylong event lifts up best practices around the nation within all areas of community food systems. Come learn, engage, and discuss ways to promote community engagement, collective action, and food systems projects including edible landscapes, food hubs, shared-use kitchens, and more.
This gathering is meant to build up our partners and promote collaboration, sharing and networking for creative and collaborative projects.
Come learn about others’ good work, and share your experiences and projects through the lightning round and poster session. There will be plenty of time for open space for dialogue and brainstorming.
Click on the tabs below to see information on this year’s event, and presentations and other resources from past annual events.
Registration is now open! The 5th Community Food Systems Annual Event is set for Thursday and Friday, January 9 and 10, 2020, at the West Des Moines Marriott. Two pre-conference workshops take place January 9: a Local Food Leader train-the-trainer, and a Business Model Canvas workshop.
The community food systems event on January 10 will feature keynotes, open space, breakouts and poster session presentations.
The 2020 theme is food entrepreneurship and inclusive partnerships. If you are engaged in local food systems, we invite you to participate, engage, support, and inspire ways to enhance our collective involvement in this work.
- Become a sponsor or exhibitor. Space is limited; first-come, first-served. Deadline is December 20. Levels and prices. Register online.
- Reserve your room at the West Des Moines Marriott at the group rate, available for the nights of January 8-10. Last day to reserve at the discounted rate is December 18, 2019.
Keynote speakers included Sommer Sibilly-Brown of the Virgin Islands Good Food Coalition, Inc., and Arthur Neal, Jr., of the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. Workshop topics ran the gamut from developing curriculum to teaching through the arts to using GIS mapping to assist in the development of community food systems.
Click the links below to access resources and videos from the conference.
Video: Food Systems Curriculum and Certification panel session (1 hr. 49 min.)
- List of attendees and presenters
- Community Food Systems Program next steps (C. Long)
- Agrihood project in Pleasant Hill (M. Sturm & T. Grundmeyer)
- Agrihoods info handout from ATTRA
- Dubuque institutional local food purchases overview
- Local purchasing poll (Dubuque Eats Well)
- Farm to institution poll results (Dubuque Eats Well)
- Iowa Workforce Development apprenticeship program (A. Sidwell)
- Public gardens (edible landscapes) (C. Long & S. Staashelm)
- Small Business Development Centers (B. Tapp)
- Trends in local foods (B. Menner)