What was I thinking going to Iowa in January? It was minus 3 degrees! I attended the Iowa State University Community Food Program annual showcase event for community projects. The room was packed with folks from across the state sharing their projects from Farm-to-School to commercial kitchens. The roads were covered in snow and honestly I thought the event would be cancelled. But no; those Iowans are tough folks. The Texas Center for Local Food will be trying out the Iowa program in Texas with a pilot training in Spring 2018. More on this soon. Join us to get our newsletter or check back here later this year.
The Community Food Program in Iowa works with rural communities and urban neighborhoods to help teams of folks develop local food projects that will create jobs, support family farmers, and enhance community vitality. The Iowa program includes a one-day training to be a Local Food Leader and an option to participate in the 2-year community economic development program.