Iowans know fresh, local produce is tasty and good for them. But how can small businesses or non-profits keep supplying local vegetables to clients through long Midwest winters? One potential solution: a mobile produce processing cart allowing them to can or freeze the vegetables. The Mobile Produce Processing Cart Project builds on five years of … Continue reading Growing small-scale produce processing capacity in Iowa
by Bre Miller, program assistant The seventh annual Community Food Systems Event took place on February 12, 2021. This conference brings together food systems practitioners for networking, sharing resources and learning about food systems projects and efforts occurring across the nation. Due to the unique circumstances of COVID, we hosted this year’s event virtually for … Continue reading ISU Community Food Systems 2021 Annual Event makes the most of virtual format
Risk Management Education for Farmers with On-Farm Visitors is a free online course now available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Producers will learn practical management techniques to enhance the safety and health of their on-farm visitors. Register for the course here. Participants will spend about eight hours on the course and have three … Continue reading Online course teaches agritourism risk management
Kick It with Carrots! The Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Network‘s statewide campaign and associated materials highlight carrots as the most chill vegetable of the summer. With this collective focus on this familiar, readily-available local veggie, we hope to increase participation of children at summer meal sites and support local producers. CLICK HERE … Continue reading 2021 Farm to Summer application now open: Kick It with Carrots!