Food systems trainings coming up in four states

August 9, 2019

Interested in local food systems development? These upcoming workshops are for you! Each location is offering both Local Food Leader and Community Food Systems trainings, facilitated by our Community Food Systems team.

  • August 14-16, Ames, Iowa. (Registration is closed.)
  • September 4-6, Massachusetts. (Registration is closed.)
  • September 11-13, Nebraska. Register here.
  • September 25-27, Oregon. (Registration is closed.)

Who should attend? Food systems practitioners such as local food coordinators, food policy council, public health professionals, master gardeners and more will build their skills and capacity in creating local and regional food systems.

  • Local Food Leader is a foundational practice certification that builds capacity for individual engagement within the food system by teaching areas of inclusion, facilitation, knowledge of the food system, evaluation techniques, leadership, building teams for success and professional development plans.
  • Community Food Systems is a process-based certification that increases capacity for food system practitioners to work within community and develop food systems. This certification involves visioning techniques, research and community food systems assessments, as well as strategic development of projects. Participants will gain new skill sets for decision making and facilitation, as well as team-building techniques. They will learn to bring projects from visioning to implementation for reaching systems-based goals.

Participants can take just the workshop or continue their training through a set of online modules to become certified. Once certified, participants will be able to become a trainer or host for the program, and teach the workshop in their own communities.

Registration is first-come, first-served, and space is limited. The Community Food Systems program was created in 2015 by the Farm, Food and Enterprise Development and Community and Economic Development programs of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.