Externally Hosted Certifications
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides the opportunity for state or organization-specific cohorts offered by organizations outside of Iowa State University. There are limited numbers of virtual and in-person cohorts are offered each year on a requested basis. Please see our Hosting Agreement for more details.
Local Food Leader (LFL)
The Local Food Leader Certification teaches foundational competencies critical for successful food systems development including equity in food systems, working in food systems, facilitation and coordination, evaluation, and professional development. Participants will receive a certificate of completion in Local Food Leader following completion of course.
Host Organization: Partners can choose to host Local Food Leader workshops in-person or virtually. Please see fees below.
|In-Person||2 days, 6 hrs. each||$1500 + travel||Min. 10; max 40|
|Virtual||7 workshops, 12 hrs. total||$1500||Min. 10; max 20|
Participants: There are two options for participation, Local Food Leader 101 (workshop only) and Local Food Leader 201 (workshop + online modules). By participating in a workshop, participants will leave with a certificate in Local Food Leader 101. Once workshops are complete participants will have the option to enroll in online modules and receive a certificate in Local Food Leader 201.
Community Food Systems (CFS)
The Community Food Systems Certification is a process-based certification that increases capacity for food systems practitioners to work within community and develop food systems through the following: networking, building new skills for facilitation and developing vision, mission, and core values, tools for conducting community food systems assessments, prioritization methods, evaluation techniques and project management and development. Participants will receive a certificate of completion in Community Food Systems following completion of course.
Host Organization: Partners can choose to host Community Food Systems workshops in-person or virtually. Please see fees below.
|In-Person||2.5 days, 16 hrs. total||$3000 + travel||Min. 8; max 25|
|Virtual||9 workshops, 13 hrs. total||$3000||Min. 8; max 25|
Community Food Systems Retreat
This three-day Community Food Systems workshop is a focused session for newly formed or existing collaborative groups. The same learning objectives will be completed as the CFS 101. The retreat is dedicated to creating (or confirming an existing) vision, mission and values, specific goals for the specified community food system, and will include space for initial project development. Participants will leave with new facilitation and decision-making techniques, tools for community research, and project development strategies. This option does not lead to certification.
Host Organization: Retreats are offered in-person only. Please see fees below.
|Retreat||3 days, 6 hrs. each||$3500 + travel||Min. 8; max 25|
If you are interested in hosting a state, or organization-based workshop or retreat, please see the hosting agreement for fees and responsibilities. Once you have reviewed the information, please fill out the hosting agreement and send back to email@example.com.
Learn more about the history and focus of the ISU Community Food Systems program.