Food Systems Trainings and Certifications

Our nationally recognized Local Food Leader (LFL) and Community Food Systems (CFS) certifications are now available in virtual or in-person format. Cohorts are offered virtually by Iowa State on a yearly schedule in addition to opportunities for outside organizations to host either in-person or virtually.  

Learn more about hosting a Food Systems Training in your organization, or community. 

Questions? Contact Kaley Hohenshell.

Local Food Leader (LFL)

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Flow of Local food leader certification.

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.

Learn more about participating in an ISU-hosted Local Food Leader Certification. 

 

Local Food Leader Train the Trainer

As a certified Local Food Leader, you can teach, host, and grade cohort assignments in online modules.  As a trainer there are two professional development opportunities, an annual gathering and quarterly trainer cohort meetings.

Learn more about participating in an ISU-hosted Local Food Leader Train the Trainer. 

Community Food Systems (CFS)

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CFS flow for certification.

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.

Learn more about participating in an ISU-hosted Community Food Systems Certification. 

 

Community Food Systems Retreat

This three-day Community Food Systems workshop is a focused session for newly formed or existing collaborative work 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.

Learn more about hosting a Community Food Systems Retreat in your community or organization. 

Technical Assistance Modules

The Community Food Systems certification also offers four, self-paced technical assistance modules. Design Thinking, Economic Impact Analysis, Feasibility and Mapping 101 are offered as separate certifications and are meant to provide additional skills for technical assistance in Phase 2 of the Community Food Systems program, or other projects that you may be involved in in your community.

Learn more about participating in a technical assistance module.