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Courtney Long, with Iowa State University, received a 2016 Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Award for the “Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit” program. Long was named second runner-up in this competition that recognizes outstanding efforts by state and local MarketMaker programs around the country.
An Iowa State University student worked with ISU Extension and Outreach to create an interactive scavenger hunt for a summer “County Fair” event at Old MacDonald’s Farm in Cedar Rapids to help residents learn about agriculture and health.
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community Food Systems program will hold the fourth annual Community Food Systems Event Jan. 12, 2018, at the Iowa State University Alumni Center, Ames. The daylong event will highlight best practices across all areas of community food systems from around the region.
The fourth annual Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community Food Systems Program event will be held in Des Moines on March 29, providing an opportunity for anyone engaged in local food systems development to network and learn from national voices.
Registration is now open for two food systems trainings offered free in August. Food systems practitioners such as local food coordinators, food policy council members and others can take these certifications at no charge, thanks to a grant from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Resource Center located at Iowa State University.
Working with food means working with people, and as communities, schools and organizations look to grow their food programs, they can count on the resources of the Food Systems Team with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Anyone working in food systems development nationwide is invited to submit a proposal for a presentation or poster for the Community Food Systems annual event, Jan. 9-10, 2020.
Iowans and those from other states who want to learn the latest in community food systems should consider attending the annual Community Food Systems Conference Jan. 9-10 in West Des Moines.
Stay current with local food and supply chain resources being shared amid COVID-19. The Farm, Food and Enterprise Development program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is sharing timely resources and answers online.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, farms and food businesses are stepping up to meet the demand for local food products. Many farmers markets are moving to online sales and virtual options to continue to support customers and vendors. The Farm, Food and Enterprise Development program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has resources to help Iowa’s small farms, food systems and business enterprises.