New FFED farmer-buyer video stars Dubuque Eats Well

October 30, 2020

by Courtney Long, program coordinator, Food Systems Team

farmer-buyer video.

Eastern Iowa nonprofit Dubuque Eats Well participated in our Community Food Systems program from 2015-2018. We worked together on projects including institutional procurement, edible landscapes, incubator farm development and Double-Up Food Bucks programming. We are excited to share a brief video that captures some of the amazing partners that are working on promising opportunities through farming and institutional procurement.

This summer, FFED intern TJ Halligan used his video editing skills to create Local Foods Farm and Buyer Exploration. The 15-minute piece walks through different opportunities for local food procurement from both the producer and buyer perspective. 

TJ Halligan head shot.

TJ said, “I think how integral local food procurement was to communities in general was the thing I took away most from this project.” He added, “I always enjoyed video creation, but pairing that with the ability to learn about the initiatives that are being taken to reach specific markets within the food industry was equally as exciting.”

TJ believes the video can benefit anyone seeking to create value out of local food procurement. This includes anyone looking to grow or buy.

If you have questions about the video or the Community Food Systems Program, contact me at