Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference

The goal of the annual Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference is to support and inspire those interested in, or already implementing, farm to school and farm to early care and education all around the state by covering a variety of topics.

Click the links below to visit the conference pages by year.

2020

Iowa Farm to School and Early Care virtual conference.The virtual Farm to School and Early Care conference was Friday, June 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. Hosted by the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition, this virtual conference took the place of our 2020 in-person conference (to be rescheduled for June 2021 in Waukee).

Conference recording, presenter slides and additional resources

Sub-grants available! Iowa Team Nutrition will offer $350 sub-grants to childcare centers and $100 to childcare home providers, participating in CACFP to support farm to early care activities. Two CACFP Training Hours will be offered to CACFP childcare center staff and home providers for participating in the Farm to School and Early Care Virtual Conference on June 19, or for viewing the conference recording at a later time. Contact Patti Delger, patti.delger@iowa.gov for more information.

Virtual Conference Agenda (view full agenda here

1–1:05 p.m.—Welcome! Using Zoom 

1:05–1:20 p.m.—Overview: the Iowa Farm to School & Early Care Coalition and Network 

1:20–2 p.m.—Presentations from around the state

  1. Des Moines Schools Farm to School Challenges and Successes: Jen Ransom-Gach (DMPS Nutrition Grants Director)
  2. Reading Books with Hungry Eyes: Anita Schuckert (Little Steps and Beyond Daycare)
  3. Growing the Farm to School Movement in the Waukee Community School District: Kaitlyn Scheuerman, (Registered Dietitian with Waukee Community Schools)
  4. What’s all of the “buzz?” An Inside Look into the GC-B Bees
    • Kelsey Wigans (Seed to Table Manager and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist) 
    • Lily Hoover (6th grade student, Assistant Gardening Manager at GC-B)
    • Tawny Hoover (GC-B School Board President)

2–2:50 p.m.— Planning for Farm to School Month amidst COVID-19

2:50–3 p.m.—Questions and additional information 

Questions? Email IowaF2SEC@gmail.com.

2019

2019 Iowa Farm to School Conference

Thanks to all who sponsored, presented at and attended the 2019 Iowa Farm to School Conference, Friday and Saturday, June 21 – 22 at Central College in Pella. The Iowa Farm to School Network planning committee did another great job!

The goal of the conference is to support and inspire those interested in or already implementing farm to school and farm to early care and education all around the state by covering a variety of topics.

Visit the event archive page to find keynote and workshop presentations along with additional resources.


2019 conference sponsors

Leopold feature
FoodCorps Iowa logo

2018

Thanks to all who sponsored, presented at, and attended the 2018 Iowa Farm to School Conference, Thursday – Saturday, June 28 – 30 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. The Iowa Farm to School Network planning committee did a fantastic job and the day was a huge success!

Click here to go to the event archive page, to find workshop slide presentations, photos, and other resources.

The goal of the conference is to support and inspire those interested in or already implementing farm to school and farm to early care and education all around the state by covering a variety of topics.

Agenda

Workshop descriptions

Outreach materials


Thanks to these 2018 conference funders:

Extension 4-H
Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Iowa Department of Public Health
Iowa Valley RC&D
Livewell Clinic of Des Moines

Thanks to these partners for help with planning and outreach:

Eat Greater Des Moines
FarmTable Procurement and Delivery
FoodCorps Iowa
Iowa Choice Harvest
Iowa Department of Education
Iowa Farm to School Network
Iowa Farmers Union
Iowa Healthiest State Initiative
Iowa Regional Food Systems Working Group
Teachers Going Green

Return to Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Network page.