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

March 6, 2020
Adults and students prepare vegetables in school kitchen.

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 need to know:

Join teachers, early care professionals, food service staff, farmers, school garden coordinators and other stakeholders from across Iowa as we share ideas, resources and successes to grow this movement in Iowa. The two-day conference will offer attendees engaging sessions on topics ranging from school garden integration, and classroom cooking, to local school food purchasing programs, and farm to early care engagement. Field trips and deep dives into school garden education and local food production will be offered, along with ample opportunity to connect with fellow farm to school and early care enthusiasts.

Have an idea? 

The planning team is currently accepting breakout session proposals. We are seeking presenters from all backgrounds, including educators, students, food service staff, early care professionals, farmers, state agencies, etc. The proposal deadline is March 27, 2020; applicants will be notified of status by April 6. Submit your idea here.

Three students with vegetable masks and We Love Farm to School sign.

Important dates:

  • February 25 – March 27: Breakout session proposal period
  • March 1: Registration and Scholarship Application open
  • April 6: Breakout session applicants notified, agenda released
  • May 1: Scholarship Application closes, awardees notified
  • June 1: Registration closes, 5pm CST
  • June 18-19: Conference!

Interested in sponsoring the conference? 

Individual and organization sponsorship opportunities are available at several levels. Contact Krista Smith at Iowa AEYC for more information.

Questions about the event? Contact Chelsea Krist with FFED.