Register by May 28 for CFS virtual certification

April 23, 2021

Food systems practitioners nationwide can ramp up their skills by enrolling in ISU’s Community Food Systems training and certification, offered entirely online.

The next class cohort begins June 3 and runs through December 16. The training includes both live virtual discussions and pre-recorded online learning modules. Some scholarships are available. May 28 is the deadline to register and apply for a scholarship.


Food systems practitioners who successfully complete the course will increase their capacity to work within communities and develop food systems. The virtual workshops center around activities and networking with colleagues to learn a new framework for community food systems development.

The curriculum focuses on building facilitation skills and developing vision, mission and core values. Participants also learn tools for conducting community food systems assessments, prioritization methods, evaluation techniques and project management and development.

The online modules offer intensive curriculum around visioning and implementation, conducting community food systems assessments and mapping for decision-making, tools for project management and evaluation, feasibility studies, economic impact and design thinking. Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion in Community Food Systems.