Detail of city map of Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

Mapping your food system

by Kaley Hohenshell, program coordinator The FFED and Community and Economic Development programs recently launched Mapping 101. It’s an online curriculum teaching the importance of using maps for decision-making. Project funds came from the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC). Currently 30 people from nine states are enrolled in the pilot. Course goals include: new skills … Continue reading Mapping your food system

wilber's sweet corn stand.

Wilber’s Produce: the evolution of a vegetable and fruit farm

by Emily Coll, program coordinator Scott and Julie Wilber have been farming in Boone County for more than 10 years. Wilber’s Produce provides area residents with delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables grown on 18 acres. They erected a high tunnel in 2010, which enabled them to offer tomatoes and other vegetables earlier than their … Continue reading Wilber’s Produce: the evolution of a vegetable and fruit farm

Two women hold poster.

Food systems trainings coming up in four states

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. Register here. September 11-13, Nebraska. Register here. September 25-27, Oregon. (Registration is closed.) … Continue reading Food systems trainings coming up in four states

Students work on Waukon school gardens.

Waukon school gardens flourish

Vegetable gardens at two Waukon schools are flourishing thanks to the green thumbs of the young gardeners involved in the Summer Food and Fitness program. The Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach Program, ISU Extension and Outreach, and Allamakee Community School District co-host the program. In June, club members planted and tended the garden at the Waukon … Continue reading Waukon school gardens flourish