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Helping children make healthier food choices is the goal of farm to school programming nationwide. Since 2007, 30 schools in Iowa have formed farm to school chapters, and others participate in related activities throughout the year, such as the Great Apple Crunch in October or after school snack programs.
Professional development for those active in local foods is available at no cost Feb. 15. The following day Iowa's Regional Food Systems Working Group will conduct their quarterly meeting.
The publication "A Manager's Guide to Food Hub Finances" gives food hub managers tools for measuring their business’ financial health while also addressing common financial concerns that arise in local food distribution.
Local, state and national legislative policies with a significant impact on the ability to develop thriving, sustainable local food systems in Iowa will be the focus of the May 25 meeting.
Iowa’s nearly 350 school districts serving 500,000 students can more easily expand efforts that connect children to locally sourced foods through a partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and a national network of farm to school resources and practitioners.
The Visit Iowa Farms program will hold an Agritourism Destination Safety and Health Best Practices workshop Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the ISU Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County office in Waterloo.
Iowa farmers, food systems advocates and business owners can count on the resources of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as they have in the past – now under a new program name: Farm, Food and Enterprise Development.