Iowa Farm to School Conference

Farm to School logo conference webinarThe goal of the annual Iowa Farm to School Conference is to support and inspire those interested in jnn(or already implementing farm to school and farm to early care and education all around the state by covering a variety of topics.

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2019

2019 Iowa Farm to School Conference

The Iowa Farm to School Network invites you to attend the 2019 Iowa Farm to School Conference. Interested in or already implementing a farm to school and farm to early care and education program? Join us as we share ideas, resources and success stories to help grow the farm to school movement in Iowa. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 8.

Where: Central College, Pella, Iowa

When: Friday and Saturday, June 21-22

Register here by June 8!


About the conference 

Full conference agenda. We encourage participants to register for the full experience and stay for both days! Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available.

Session descriptions and presenter bios.

DAY 1: Friday, June 21, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Highlights include keynote by Lola Bloom, 15 workshop options, a high school student track, evening social with vendors and documentary screening.

High school student track: Conference organizers are excited to share a track of workshops and hands-on farm to school activities just for high school students! This training tack will elevate the experiential learning model, encouraging students to “do, reflect, and apply” learning throughout the day. Activities and workshops will center skill development and conversation around local food systems, food justice and social change.

DAY 2: Saturday, June 22, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Highlights include optional morning yoga session, local food breakfast by Chef Jenetta Hargrove, and two intensive course offerings:

OPTION 1: “Teaching Outdoors: Enhancing Student Learning with the Farm to School Program.” Hosted by Next Step Adventure.

OPTION 2: “Cafeteria Magic: Partnerships, Fresh Food Prep and Youth Leadership in your School Cafeteria,” Hosted by Forward Food, IDALS and 4-H Healthy Living.


Registration process

    1. Review full Iowa Farm to School Conference agenda.
    2. Review registration options/pricing and register by JUNE 8
      • Scholarship application detailed below.
    3. If you registered to attend an intensive course on Day 2:

Scholarship application process

ABOUT

It is our goal to provide opportunities for the full diversity of farm to school constituents to attend the 2019 Iowa Farm to School Conference. A limited number of scholarships are available to offset the cost of registration, lodging and/or travel. Thank you to our generous sponsors who make this possible. Complete the Iowa Farm to School Conference scholarship application form.

TIMELINE

The scholarship form will be open through JUNE 1, 2019.

Scholarships will be awarded on an ongoing basis.

All applicants will be notified of their award status by JUNE 5, 2019.

REGISTRATION LINK

Register for the conference here. After selecting the type of scholarship(s) you’d like to apply for, select “Check” under “Payment Options” and then submit the form without submitting payment. Someone from our team will contact you to get more information.


Invite your farm to school friends!

Help us spread the word about the conference among your networks, schools and communities. Please share the Facebook event and conference updates with your friends and colleagues.

If your organization or business is committed to supporting Iowa Farm to School Movement, please consider supporting the conference as a sponsor or vendor. Sponsorships are welcome and hosting a vendor table is $50. Funds raised go directly to our conference scholarship efforts.

If you have any questions, contact Lynn Heuss. Thank you!


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 Network page.