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					                             Learning about Local:
       A Resource Guide to Iowa Organizations and Programs
           Supporting Local and Regional Food Systems




On the web at:
www.leopold.iastate.edu/resources/guide/guide.pdf

August 2009

In cooperation with ISU Extension’s Small Farm Sustainability Program
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
                                  Acknowledgements


      Thanks to all the organizations and programs that provided us with the information
    to assemble this resource guide. Thanks also go to Mary Adams for editing, Tori Watson
      for design and Laura Miller for communications assistance. Support for Ross Baxter
       to research and compile this document was provided by the Leopold Center and
                          the Drake University Agricultural Law Center




Prepared by:

Rich Pirog
Associate Director and Marketing and Food Systems Program Leader


Ross Baxter
Drake Agricultural Law Center Intern


Andy Larson
Small Farm Sustainability
Iowa State University Extension




A cooperative project of:




* If there are other organizations or programs that would be appropriate for inclusion in this re-
source guide, please contact Rich Pirog by phone: (515) 294-1854 or email: rspirog@iastate.edu

i                                                               Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
                                                                    Table of Contents

Introduction ............................................................................................................................................................. 1
1000 Friends of Iowa (O) ...................................................................................................................................... 2
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (P) ................................................................................................. 3
ATTRA National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (O) ........................................................ 4
Backyard Abundance (O) ..................................................................................................................................... 5
Beginning Farmer Center (O) ............................................................................................................................. 6
Buy Fresh Buy Local (O) ........................................................................................................................................ 7
Center for Energy and Evironmental Education (O)................................................................................... 8
Community Vitality Center (O,F) ....................................................................................................................... 9
County of Marshall Investing in Diversified Agriculture (O) .................................................................10
Drake University Agricultural Law Center (O) ............................................................................................11
Edible Iowa River Vally (P)..................................................................................................................................12
Environmental Nutrition Solutions (C) .........................................................................................................13
Fruit and Vegetable Working Group (P) .......................................................................................................14
Grass-Based Livestock Working Group (P,F) ................................................................................................15
Grinnell Area Local Foods Alliance (O) ..........................................................................................................16
Grow Story County Initiative (O) .....................................................................................................................17
Grow Your Small Market Farm™ Network (P,F) ..........................................................................................18
Hometown Harvest of Southeast Iowa (O) .................................................................................................19
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (O) ................................................................20
Iowa Department of Economic Development (O,F) ................................................................................21
Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Food and Consumer Safety Bureau (O) ............22
Iowa Department of Public Health Division of Health Promotion
and Chronic Disease Prevention (O) ..............................................................................................................23
Iowa Environmental Council (O) .....................................................................................................................24
Iowa Farm to School (P) .....................................................................................................................................25
Iowa Farmers Market Nutrition Program (P) ...............................................................................................26
Iowa Farmers Union (O)......................................................................................................................................27
Iowa Food Policy Council (O, *in formation) ...............................................................................................28
Iowa Foundation for MicroEnterprise and Community Vitality (O,F).................................................29
Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (O,F) ...............................................................................30
Iowa League of RC&Ds (O).................................................................................................................................31
Iowa Network for Community Agriculture (O)...........................................................................................32
Iowa State University Department of Horticulture (P) ............................................................................33
Iowa State University Extension (P) ...............................................................................................................34
Iowa State University Extension - Small Farm Sustainability (P)..........................................................35

* O=Organization, P=Program, C=Consulting, F=Grants and/or Loans

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture                                                                                                                                ii
Iowa State University Families Extension Hotel, Restaurant and
Institution Management (P) .............................................................................................................................36
Iowa State University Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (P) .........................................37
Iowa State University Organic Agriculture Program (P) .........................................................................38
Iowa State University Value Added Agriculture Program (P) ................................................................39
Iowa Valley Regional Food Initiative (O) .......................................................................................................40
Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board (O,F) ...............................................................................................41
ISU Dining - Farm to ISU and Buy Fresh Buy Local Central Iowa (O) ..................................................42
Johnson County Local Food Alliance (O) .....................................................................................................43
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture (O,F) .....................................................................................44
Local Foods Connections (O) ...........................................................................................................................45
Market Maker Iowa (P) ........................................................................................................................................46
Marshalltown Community College (O) .........................................................................................................47
Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation (F).....................................................................................................................48
Next Generation of Sustainable Farmers (P)...............................................................................................49
North Central Region-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education(O,F) ...............................50
Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Coalition (O).............................................................................................51
Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership (O) ..............................................................................................52
Northwest Iowa Regional and Local Food System (O) ............................................................................53
One Backyard (C) ..................................................................................................................................................54
Pork Niche Market Working Group (P) ..........................................................................................................55
Pottawattamie County Local Food Council (O) .........................................................................................56
Practical Farmers of Iowa (O) ............................................................................................................................57
Prairie Ventures, LLC (C)......................................................................................................................................58
Regional Food Systems Working Group (P) ................................................................................................59
Seed Savers Exchange (O) .................................................................................................................................60
Slow Food Iowa City (O) .....................................................................................................................................61
Small Meat Processors Working Group (P) ..................................................................................................62
Carol R. Smith, Process Design and Training (C) ........................................................................................63
Southwest Iowa Food and Farm Innitiative (O) .........................................................................................64
USDA Rural Development (O,F) .......................................................................................................................65
Value Chain Parternships (P,F)..........................................................................................................................66
Wellmark Foundation (O,F) ...............................................................................................................................67
Whiterock Conservancy (O) ..............................................................................................................................68
Women, Food and Agriculture Network (O) ...............................................................................................69




* O=Organization, P=Program, C=Consulting, F=Grants and/or Loans
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                                             Introduction

       Interest and demand for local food in Iowa and across the nation have increased dra-
matically in the past few years.
       Farmers, entrepreneurs, food buyers, communities, and local governments are looking
for more technical and financial assistance, research information, training programs and best
practices on local food production and marketing. This guide provides a listing of organiza-
tions, programs, consultants and funders who are based in and/or work in local and regional
food systems in Iowa.

The following key will be helpful in categorizing each listing. The title for each listing will
include the appropriate code letter:
O-Organization
P-Program
F-Funding (Grants and/or Loans)
C-Consulting




Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture                                                        1
                                 1000 Friends of Iowa (O)
Mission or Goal
 Promotes responsible development that conserves and protects our agricultural and natural resources, revitalizes
 our neighborhoods, towns and cities and improves the quality of life for future generations



Type of Work                           Topical Category                        Geographic Location
• Research                              • Environment and natural re           Statewide
                                          sources
                                        • Sustainability in the food system
                                        • Food policy
                                        • Farmland preservation
                                        • Buy local-keep urban centers,
                                          towns, and main streets strong and
                                          vibrant


Program Examples

• Our Buy Local campaign includes a two-sided color poster which is available for any locally owned busi-
ness in Iowa to post describing 10 reasons to support independent businesses.
• We work on policy to enhance farmland protection in Iowa.
• Civic engagement allows new growth to be planned to improve communities without sprawling, auto-
dependent development resulting in a rapid loss of open space and farmland. Re-use of existing buildings
and infrastructure uses our tax dollars more efficiently.
• We continue to build on the knowledge gained with our Des Moines Metropolitan Area Smart Growth au-
dit which looked at 15 communities and their local regulations to incorporate smart growth principles into
their city’s development regulations.
Contact Information
Contact 1                                                 Contact 2 (if applicable)
 LaVon Griffieon
 11655 NE 6th St.
 Ankeny, Iowa 50023
 (515) 964-0876
 XXVhrsaday@aol.com




Keywords                                                  Audience
Land use, farmland protection, revitalization, sustain-    • General community
able development, smart growth, buy local campaign,        • Local elected or appointed government officials
civic engagement, urban-rural fringe, quality of life      • Rural landowners
                                                           • Policy makers
                                                           • Public health/environmental advocates



2                                                                         Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
                           Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (P)
Mission or Goal
    A national electronic resource for producers/processors interested in value-added agriculture.




Type of Work                              Topical Category                         Geographic Location
    • Outreach/Extension                   • Market development and access          National
    • Business Development/Technical       • Food and agricultural entrepre-
      Assistance                             neurship
                                           • Sustainability in the food system
                                           • Energy efficiency
                                           • Agriculture technology



Program Examples

•    Value-Added Agriculture Producer Grants
•    USDA Business Development Programs
•    Food Industry National Market Maker
•    Business Planning and Development




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                      Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Raymond Hansen                                               Christa Hartsook
 1111 NSRIC Bldg                                              1111 NSRIC Bldg
 Ames, Iowa 50010                                             Ames, Iowa 50010
 (515) 294-3890                                               (515) 294-4430
 hansenr@iastate.edu                                          hartc@iastate.edu
 www.agmrc.org                                                www.agmrc.org




Keywords                                                      Audience
    Value added agriculture, business development, mar-        • Business/entrepreneurs
    kets and industries, renewable energy, commodities         • Farmers
    and products                                               • Extension educators
                                                               • Agriculture service providers
                                                               • Producers and processors



Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture                                                               3
                                   ATTRA National Sustainable
                                Agriculture Information Service, (O,P)
                                   A project of National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
Mission or Goal
Helping people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy
communities, and protect natural resources.




Type of Work                          Topical Category                         Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                   • Food and agricultural entrepre-        ATTRA/NCAT serves the whole
• Research                               neurship                               United States, while the Des Moines
• Business Development/Technical       • Food crop production                   office of NCAT serves the Midwest
  Assistance                           • Livestock production                   region
                                       • Agriculture technology
                                       • Energy efficiency



Program Examples

• ATTRA provides free technical information on sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.
• More than 250 free publications on a wide variety of livestock, crop and horticultural production and mar-
keting topics are available online (www.attra.org) and by calling ATTRA’s toll-free line (1-800-346-6379).
• The Web site also features news flashes, notice of funding opportunities, a calendar of events, and re-
source directories, including a national listing of local foods directories.




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                 Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Hannah Lewis                                             Rich Dana
 521 E. Locust St. #220                                   521 Locust St. #220
 Des Moines, Iowa 50309                                   Des Moines, Iowa 50309
 (877) 327-6379                                           (515) 288-0460
 hannahl@ncat.org                                         richd@ncat.org
 http://attra.ncat.org/




Keywords                                                  Audience
Sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, information     • Rural landowners
service, resource directories, publications, education,    • Extension educators
training, technical assistance                             • Agriculture service providers
                                                           • Ranchers/livestock producers
                                                           • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers



4                                                                          Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
                                  Backyard Abundance (O )
Mission or Goal
To empower the community with the ability to directly improve the health of our local environment. Through a
strong community support network and a recurring series of public courses, presentations, forums, and events,
people are reconnected with nature and learn ecological skills that enable them to create beautiful, environmentally
regenerative landscapes that produce food and co-exist in harmony with our natural world


Type of Work                          Topical Category                       Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                   • Food and agricultural entrepre-      Johnson County
• Research                               neurship
                                       • Environment and natural resources
                                       • Community food security
                                       • Food policy
                                       • Sustainability in the food system


Project Examples

• Tours of gardens that were consciously designed to help the environment by growing food and creating
habitat
• Classes and workshops showing how to improve the ecological health of land
• One-on-one and group support through consulting and gatherings




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Fred Meyer
 637 Scott Park Dr.
 Iowa City, Iowa 52245
 (319) 358-7665
 fred.meyer@BackyardAbundance.org
 http://www.BackyardAbundance.org




Keywords                                                  Audience
Environmental health, community resilience, food           • General community
security, gardening, urban and rural farming, Johnson      • Farmers
County, landscapes, habitat                                • Consumers
                                                           • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers
                                                           • Students



Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture                                                                         5
                              Beginning Farmer Center (O)
Mission or Goal
To provide resources to help our next generation of farmers



Type of Work                          Topical Category                         Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                   • Farmland preservation                  Statewide and reach throughout
                                       • Children and families                  United States
                                       • Food-based community and eco-
                                         nomic development



Project Examples

• Ag Link Seminars (four-day farm family retreat to initiate and facilitate succession planning for farm busi-
ness transitions)
• Farm On Program (computerized matching service for individuals wishing to enter or retire from farming)
• Individual counseling for farm families working through estate planning and transition efforts of their farm
operations
• Financial planning for farm businesses
• Educational webinars through extension network for all of the above topics and subjects



Contact Information
Contact 1                                                  Contact 2 (if applicable)
 David Baker                                               John Baker
 10861 Douglas Ave.                                        10861 Douglas Ave.
 Urbandale, Iowa 50322                                     Urbandale, Iowa 50322
 (515) 252-7814                                            (515) 252-7815
 (515) 252-7828 (fax)                                      (515) 252-7829 (fax)
 baker@iastate.edu                                         jrbaker@iastate.edu
 www.extension.iastate.edu/bfc/                            www.extension.iastate.edu/bfc




Keywords                                                   Audience
Beginning farmers, farm transitions, small farm develop-    • General community
ment, farm business, estate planning, business succes-      • Farmers
sion, farm succession, family counseling                    • Rural landowners
                                                            • Extension educators
                                                            • Agricultural service providers



6                                                                          Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
                                      Buy Fresh Buy Local (P)
Mission or Goal
    To increase market access, sales volume, net income and long-term stability of direct marketing farmers; to raise
    awareness among Iowans of our local treasures: farmers markets, family farms and orchards, local meat lockers,
    restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses that serve or sell locally grown farm products; and to stimulate the
    social and economic vitality of Iowa through strengthening the viability of independent farmers and businesses
Type of Work                              Topical Category                        Geographic Location
    • Outreach/Extension                   • Market development and access         Statewide




Project Campaigns

•   Black Hawk County contact: Andrea Geary, (319) 273-7883
•   Upper Iowa contact: Teresa Weimerslage, (563) 568-6345
•   Greater Des Moines contact: Matt Russell, (515) 271-4956
•   Quad Cities contact: Phil Crandall (309) 799-7420
•   Hometown Harvest contact: Mary Carter, (641) 472-3057
•   Southeast Iowa contact: Chris Gehring, (319) 752-7608
•   Johnson County contact: James Nisly, (319) 936-6510
•   Central Iowa contact: Amy Sue Alesch, aalesch@iastate.edu
•   River Bend contact: Joe Wagner, (319) 462-3196 ext. 3
•   Southwest Iowa Food and Farm Initiative contact: Karin Hofmann, (712) 623-5521
•   Siouxland contact: Lew Weinberg, (712) 490-7365
    *contacts may change, visit the BFBL website for more contact information

Contact Information
Contact 1                                                     Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Mallory Smith
 124 9th St.
 Columbus Junction, Iowa 52738
 (319) 321-3808
 bfbliowa@foodroutes.org
 www.bfbliowa.org



Keywords                                                       Audience
    Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign                                • Business/entrepreneurs
                                                                • Farmers
                                                                • Producers and processors
                                                                • Consumers
                                                                • General community



Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture                                                                                  7
     Center for Energy and Environmental Education (O)
Mission or Goal
    Empowering Iowans with the knowledge, tools, and inspiration needed to create a more sustainable future for our
    communities



Type of Work                             Topical Category                       Geographic Location
    • Outreach/Extension                  • Environment and natural resources    Statewide
    • Research                            • Sustainability in the food system
    • Business Development/Technical      • Energy efficiency
      Assistance                          • Food-based community and eco-
                                            nomic development
                                          • On-farm energy needs




Program Examples

•    Local Food and Local Government
•    Farm Energy Working Group
•    Economic Impacts of Local Food
•    Farm to School




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                   Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Kamyar Enshayan
 UNI-CEEE
 Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0293
 (319) 273-7575
 (319) 273-7140 (fax)
 kamyar.enshayan@uni.edu
 www.ceee.uni.edu




Keywords                                                    Audience
    On-farm energy needs, food systems planning              • Business/entrepreneurs
                                                             • Farmers
                                                             • Local elected or appointed government officials
                                                             • Planners/economic and community development staff
                                                             • Consumers



8                                                                           Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
                            Community Vitality Center (O,F)
Mission or Goal
    To serve as a catalyst for innovative projects and initiatives designed to improve the vitality of Iowa communities.
    The CVC facilitates networking among small and medium size rural communities, sponsors policy analyses, engages
    communities in dialogue, and fosters discussion among rural and urban interests


Type of Work                              Topical Category                        Geographic Location
    • Outreach/Extension                   • Food and agriculture entrepre-        Statewide
    • Grants                                 neurship
    • Business Development/Technical       • Food-based community and eco-
      Assistance                             nomic development




Program Examples

•    Mini-grants for local community demonstration projects
•    Community Entrepreneurship Challenge grants
•    Wealth transfer study
•    Migration and population studies




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                     Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Mark Edelman
 477 Heady Hall-ISU
 Ames, Iowa 50011-1070
 (515) 294-6144
 (515) 284-3838 (fax)
 medelman@iastate.edu
 www.cvcia.org




Keywords                                                      Audience
    Community vitality, entrepreneurship, community            • Business/entrepreneurs
    development                                                • Community-based organizations
                                                               • Local elected or appointed government officials
                                                               • Planners/economic and community development staff
                                                               • Youth



Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture                                                                                 9
                    County of Marshall Investing in
                  Diversified Agriculture-(COMIDA) (O)
Mission or Goal
COMIDA takes a bilingual/bicultural approach to developing a community-based food system and opportunities for
new farmers



Type of Work                           Topical Category                         Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                    • Environment and natural resources      Marshall County (with plans to ex-
• Adult Education                       • Market development and access          pand to surrounding counties)
• Business Development/Technical        • Food and agricultural entrepre-
  Assistance                              neurship
                                        • Food crop production
                                        • Food-based community and eco-
                                          nomic development



Program Examples

• COMIDA conducted market research among restaurants, grocery stores, and institutional dining services
on their current local food sourcing and interest in buying from local farmers
• COMIDA is organizing a series of community-wide local foods discussions to generate awareness and en-
thusiasm for building a local food system
• COMIDA works closely with Marshalltown Community College to develop and implement a beginning
farmer training program with farmer incubator plots on certified organic land owned by and adjacent to the
college
Contact Information
Contact 1                                                   Contact 2 (if applicable)
 John Paulin                                                Claudia Prado
 2402 South Duff Avenue                                     315 East Hall
 Ames, Iowa 50010                                           Ames, Iowa 50011
 (515) 232-0048                                             cmprado@iastate.edu
 (515 233-1131 (fax)
 john.paulin@ia.usda.gov
 http://comida-mtwon.blogspot.com/2009/06/growing-
 food.html




Keywords                                                    Audience
Beginning farmers, community, market development,            • Business/entrepreneurs
bilingual, multicultural, entrepreneurship, organic farm-    • Farmers
ing, collaborative                                           • General community
                                                             • Economic development staff
                                                             • Consumers



10                                                                          Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
              Drake University Agricultural Law Center (O)
Mission or Goal
    The Drake University Agricultural Law Center examines how the legal system shapes our food system and
    influences the ability of society to produce, market, and utilize agricultural products. The Center sponsors
    an array of courses, publications, conferences, research initiatives and a certification program in food and
    agricultural law. The Center focuses on legal issues involving the full scope of food and agriculture, includ-
    ing marketing and finance; sustainable agriculture; local food systems; direct marketing; international
    trade; soil and water conservation; land use and environmental issues; food safety; and federal farm pro-
    grams

Type of Work                               Topical Category                         Geographic Location
    • For-credit Education                  • Environment and natural resources     Statewide
    • Research                              • Sustainability in the food system
    • Outreach/Extension                    • Food policy
                                            • Food and agricultural entrepre-
                                              neurship
                                            • Food-based community and eco-
                                              nomic development



Program Examples

•    Greater Des Moines Buy Fresh Buy Local Campaign
•    The Iowa Landowner and Sustainable Agricultural Land Stewardship Project
•    Rural Lands Rural Livelihoods
•    Local and State Food Policy

Contact Information
Contact 1                                                     Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Neil Hamilton                                               Matt Russell
 2507 University Ave                                         2507 University Ave
 Des Moines, Iowa 50311                                      Des Moines, Iowa 50311
 (515) 271-2065                                              (515) 271-4956
 (515) 271-1858                                              (515) 271-1858 (fax)
 neil.hamilton@drake.edu                                     matthew.russell@drake.edu
 www.law.drake.edu/aglaw                                     www.law.drake.edu/aglaw



Keywords                                                      Audience
    Food policy, food and agricultural law, legal guides,      • Farmers
    legal agreements                                           • Consumers
                                                               • Students
                                                               • Policy makers
                                                               • Rural landowners



Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture                                                                       11
                              Edible Iowa River Valley (P)
Mission or Goal
Edible Iowa River Valley is the go-to resource for the people, places, and food that make up Iowa’s rich heritage.




Type of Work                           Topical Category                         Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                    • Farmland preservation                  Statewide
• Publicity and Advocacy                • Sustainability in the food system
                                        • Food-based community and eco-
                                          nomic development
                                        • Community food security
                                        • Food policy



Program Examples

• Edible Iowa River Valley is a seasonal magazine dedicated to recognizing, preserving, and revitalizing the
flavors of the Heartland.
• In addition, we support related organizations such as the Women, Food and Agriculture Network, The
Friends of the Iowa City Farmers Market, and the Terra Madre Relief Fund.




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                   Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Kurt Friese
 22 Riverview Drive, NE
 Iowa City, Iowa 52240-7973
 (319) 321-7935
 (888) 704-1235 (fax)
 kurt@edibleiowa.com
 www.EdibleIowa.com




Keywords                                                    Audience
Edible, outreach, advocacy, publicity, magazine, slow        • Diverse array of local food system stakeholders
food




12                                                                         Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
                     Environmental Nutrition Solutions (C)
Mission or Goal
    To provide unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses




Type of Work                               Topical Category                         Geographic Location
    • Business Development/Technical        • Sustainability in the food system      County, state and national levels
      Assistance                            • Food and health
    • Grants                                • Environmental and natural re-
    • Consulting, Education                   sources
                                            • Food policy
                                            • Farm to school


Program Examples

•    Public health benefits of sustainable food systems reports
•    Assessment/evaluation of sustainable food systems (indicators)
•    White papers healthy land, healthy food, healthy eaters education publication
•    Technical assistance to NGOs, government, academics, professionals




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                       Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Angie Tagtow
 1346 NE 46th St.
 Elkhart, Iowa 50073
 (515) 367-5200
 angie.tagtow@mac.com
 www.environmentalnutritionsolutions.com




Keywords                                                        Audience
    Ecological approach to food, nutrition and health;          • Community-based organizations
    environmental nutrition; sustainable food systems; soil     • Policy makers
    to food to health; food policy council; Journal of Hunger   • Scientific community
    and Environmental Nutrition                                 • Nutrition and dietetic professionals
                                                                • Public health/environmental advocates



Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture                                                                               13
                   Fruit and Vegetable Working Group (P)

Mission or Goal
To work with partners to help build the production, handling, and marketing capacity for Iowa’s fruit and vegetable
industries. The group is part of the Iowa-based network of food and agricultural working groups called Value Chain
Partnerships


Type of Work                           Topical Category                         Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                    • Market development and access          Statewide
• Research                              • Food crop production
• Business Development/Technical        • Sustainability in the food system
  Assistance                            • Agriculture technology
                                        • Food distribution and aggregation


Project Examples

• Information gathered and summarized by the Fruit and Vegetable Working group from Midwestern veg-
etable growers in their first five years of operation will help provide needed input for business planning by
new growers. Information includes capital purchases, operating costs, sales and profits for early years
• Working with a consultant, FVWG has developed a tool to help growers develop an optimum post-harvest
handling system to improve the processing line



Contact Information
Contact 1                                                   Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Malcolm Robertson                                          Margaret Smith
 209 Curtiss Hall-ISU                                       2104 Agronomy Hall-ISU
 Ames, Iowa 50011                                           Ames, Iowa 50011
 (515) 294-0087                                             (515) 294-0087
 (515) 294 9696 (fax)                                       (515) 294-9985 (fax)
 malcolmr@iastate.edu                                       mrgsmith@iastate.edu
 www.valuechains.org




Keywords                                                    Audience
Production capacity, aggregation, distribution, fruit and    • Farmers
vegetable, producers, retailers                              • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers
                                                             • Extension educators
                                                             • State agency partners
                                                             • Scientific community



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             Grass-Based Livestock Working Group (P,F)
Mission or Goal
 1) Create a diverse and inclusive support network for grass-based farm and food businesspersons
 2) Promote innovation, conservation, and information-sharing in the grass-based livestock sector
 3) Help grass-based livestock agriculture realize potential ecological, economic, and social benefits
 The group is part of the Iowa-based network of food and agricultural working groups called Value Chain Partner-
 ships

Type of Work                            Topical Category                         Geographic Location
 • Outreach/Extension                    • Market development and access          Primarily the state of Iowa, but we
 • Research                              • Livestock production                   have partners in surrounding states
 • Grants                                • Sustainability in the food system




Project Examples

• Demonstrating the Economics of Managed Grazing Systems - enumerate the costs and returns to pasture
management at three levels of management intensity: continuous grazing, slow rotation, and fast rotation.
• Making Sense of Meat Marketing - workshop for direct meat marketers to help them understand com-
modity meat markets, define what business they are in, and hear about costs and benefits of several niche
markets
• Demonstrating the Benefits of Managed Grazing of Natural and Wildlife Lands - four case studies will dem-
onstrate results of grazing for multiple benefits; also, a one-day workshop on grazing native plant species
• Mapping the Landscape of Grass-Based Livestock Production in Iowa - interdisciplinary literature re-
view that will characterize what is known about grazing trends in row-crop dominated landscapes and
economies

Contact Information
Contact 1                                                    Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Andrew Larson
 2303 Agronomy Hall
 Ames, Iowa 50011
 (515) 294-5875
 (515) 294-5099 (fax)
 allarso1@iastate.edu
 http://www.valuechains.org/gblwg/



Keywords                                                     Audience
 Grass-based, grass-fed, pasture, forage, rotational graz-    • Farmers
 ing, management intensive                                    • Business/entrepreneurs
                                                              • State agency partners
                                                              • Producers and processors
                                                              • Extension educators-



Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture                                                                              15
          Grinnell Area Local Foods Alliance (GALFA) (O)
Mission or Goal
To draw public attention to the virtues of local food and promote local food connections




Type of Work                           Topical Category                         Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                   • Market development and access           Grinnell, Iowa, and surrounding
                                       • Sustainability in the food system       communities within a 50-mile
                                       • Food-based community and eco-           radius
                                         nomic development
                                       • Farm to school
                                       • Farm to institution
Project Examples

•   Promoting local food in the Grinnell College dining hall
•   Collaborating with Mid-Iowa Community Action to bring local food to low income families
•   Collaborating with Iowa Valley RC&D to create a regional food system in east-central Iowa
•   Publication of a directory of local food producers who market locally




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                   Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Jonathan Andelson
 Grinnell College
 Grinnell, Iowa 50112
 (641) 269-3139
 andelson@grinnell.edu
 http://web.grinnell.edu/cps/galfa/




Keywords                                                    Audience
Grinnell area, Grinnell College, Compass Plant CSA, Heri-    • General community
tage Farms CSA, community gardening                          • Consumers
                                                             • Producers and processors
                                                             • Students
                                                             • Low income families



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                       Grow Story County Initiative (O)
Mission or Goal
Local food systems steering committee comprised of local stakeholders, food systems experts and citizens to discuss
issues and opportunities in the Story County region



Type of Work                          Topical Category                       Geographic Location
 • Outreach/Extension                  • Energy efficiency                    Story County, possibly partner with
 • Research                            • Farmland preservation                Dallas, Boone, Hardin, Hamilton,
 • Business Development/Technical      • Food-based community and eco-        Jasper, and Marshall Counties
   Assistance                            nomic development
                                       • Environment and natural resources
                                       • Food policy




Project Examples

• The Program is newly formed, so no examples to cite.




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Leanne Harter
 900 6th St.
 Nevada, Iowa 50201
 (515) 382-7245
 (515) 382-7294 (fax)
 lharter@storycounty.com
 www.storycounty.com




Keywords                                                 Audience
Story County, food system                                 • Rural landowners
                                                          • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers
                                                          • General community
                                                          • Business/entrepreneurs
                                                          • Farmers



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                            Grow Your Small Market FarmTM Network
                                                                (P)

Mission or Goal
    To provide strategic business solutions through business training tools and an internet-based network for small,
    specialty and/or niche farms and rural businesses



Type of Work                              Topical Category                           Geographic Location
    • Business Development/Technical       • Market development and access            Statewide
      Assistance                           • Food and agricultural entrepre-
                                             neurship
                                           • Sustainability in the food system
                                           • Food-based community and eco-
                                             nomic development
                                           • Food distribution and aggregation



Program Examples

•    Farmer-led fruit and vegetable processing
•    Iowa Valley RC&D local food system planning
•    Marshalltown community local food system planning
•    Writing feasibility study for Women Food and Agriculture Network on a women’s land management center




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                        Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Penny Brown Huber
 2402 South Duff Ave
 Ames, Iowa 50010
 (515) 232-1344
 penny@growmarketfarm.com
 www.growmarketfarm.com




Keywords                                                         Audience
    Specialty farms, business planning, agricultural business     • Business entrepreneurs
    network, business solutions for farmers and rural busi-       • Farmers
    nesses, grow your farm business, small farms, local food,     • Producers and processors
    Iowa small farms                                              • Rural landowners
                                                                  • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers



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                                   Hometown Harvest of
                                     Southeast Iowa (O)
Mission or Goal
We help align the goals and needs of food consumers, food buyers, and food producers to create a vibrant, healthy,
and sustainable local food economy



Type of Work                            Topical Category                         Geographic Location
• Research                               • Market development and access          Southeast Iowa counties of Davis,
• Outreach/Extension                     • Food and agricultural entrepre-        Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Wapel-
• Business Development/Technical           neurship                               lo and Van Buren
  Assistance                             • Sustainability in the food system
                                         • Food-based community and eco-
                                           nomic development
                                         • Farm to institution


Program Examples

•    Farm To School (F2S) programs
•    Cooperative feasibility studies
•    Producer surveys
•    Event planning
•    Buy Fresh Buy Local
•    Public outreach and education
•    Producer outreach and education
•    Marketing
•    Promoting local family farms
Contact Information
Contact 1                                                    Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Elisabet Humble                                             Detra Dettman
 1805 W. Jefferson                                           1805 W. Jefferson
 Fairfield, Iowa 52556                                       Fairfield, Iowa 52556
 (641) 472-6177                                              detra.dettman@ia.usda.gov
 (641) 472-6211 (fax)
 elisabet.humble@rcdnet.net
 www.hometownharvestseiowa.org



Keywords                                                     Audience
    Consumer education, food system development, local        • Farmers
    food network, buy local campaign, Farm To School, mar-    • General community
    ket development, family farms, regional food system       • Economic development officials
    working group                                             • Agriculture service providers
                                                              • Producers and processors



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                          Iowa Department of Agriculture and
                              Land Stewardship (O)
Mission or Goal
To provide leadership for all aspects of agriculture in Iowa, ensure consumer protection and promote the respon-
sible use of our natural resources



Type of Work                            Topical Category                           Geographic Location
• Regulatory                             • Market access and development            Statewide
• Policy Development                     • Food crop production
• Marketing                              • Food distribution and aggregation
                                         • Food policy
                                         • Farm to school




Program Examples

• Soil Conservation Division: Soil Conservation Committee, Watershed Improvement Review Board, Conser-
vation Contractors, etc.
• Animal Industry Bureau: Iowa Animal Admission Regulations, Iowa Recorded Livestock Brands, Iowa Board
of Veterinary Medicine, etc.
• Pesticide Bureau: Pesticide Certification, Pesticide Code and Rules, Sensitive Crops Directory, etc.
• Feed and Fertilizer Bureau: Labeling, Commercial Feed, Commercial Fertilizers, Commercial Fertilizer Li-
censee List, etc.


Contact Information
Contact 1                                                      Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Maury Wills                                                   Tammy Stotts
 502 East 9th St.                                              502 East 9th St.
 Des Moines, Iowa 50319                                        Des Moines, Iowa 50319
 (515) 281-5783                                                (515) 281-7657
 (515) 281-6178 (fax)                                          (515) 281-6178 (fax)
 maury.wills@iowaagriculture.gov                               tammy.stotts@iowaagiculture.gov
 www.iowaagriculture.gov




Keywords                                                       Audience
Department of agriculture, agriculture policy,                  • Local elected or appointed government officials
agriculture regulations, local foods, organic certification,    • Farmers
ag marketing                                                    • Policy makers
                                                                • Farm workers
                                                                • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers



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        Iowa Department of Economic Development (O,F)
Mission or Goal
    Value-Added Agriculture program - to assist new and innovative utilization/processing of Iowa’s agriculture industry




Type of Work                              Topical Category                        Geographic Location
    • Financial Assistance/Loans           • Agriculture processing businesses     Statewide
                                             with new and innovative products
                                             or processes, organic products




Program Examples

•    Innovative agricultural products and processes
•    Innovative and new renewable fuels
•    Agricultural biotechnology industry, biomass and alternative energy production
•    Organic products and emerging markets




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                     Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Pat Paustian
 200 East Grand
 Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1819
 (515) 725-3136
 (515) 725-3010 (fax)
 Pat.Paustian@IowaLifeChanging.com
 www.IowaLifeChanging.com/business




Keywords                                                      Audience
    Value-added agriculture, processing, organic products,     • Business/entrepreneurs
    financial assistance                                       • Economic development officials
                                                               • Producers and processors




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      Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals
          Food and Consumer Safety Bureau (O)
Mission or Goal
Licensing and inspection of food processing plants and food establishments




Type of Work                           Topical Category                      Geographic Location
• State Food Inspections and Licens-   • Food and health                      Statewide
  ing                                  • Food safety and labeling




Program Examples

• Processing applications and inspections of food processing plants and food establishments




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Robert Haxton                                            Judy Harrison
 321 E 12th St.                                           321 E 12th St.
 Des Moines, Iowa 50319                                   Des Moines, Iowa 50319
 515-281-6539                                             515-281-8587
 515-281-3219 (fax)                                       515-281-3219 (fax)
 Robert.Haxton@dia.iowa.gov                               Judy.Harrison@dia.iowa.gov
 http://dia.iowa.gov/food/                                http://dia.iowa.gov/food/




Keywords                                                  Audience
State government, food inspections, food safety, food      • Diverse array of local food system stakeholders
regulations




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             Iowa Department of Public Health (O,F)
 Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention
Mission or Goal
Promoting and protecting the health of Iowans




Type of Work                         Topical Category                        Geographic Location
 • Grants                             • Food and health                       Statewide
 • Outreach/Extension                 • Children and families
 • Business Development/Technical     • Food policy
   Assistance                         • Farm to school




Program Examples

• Provides grants to communities for health improvement projects
• Coordinates technical assistance services into communities to build community capacity




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Jane Schadle
 321 E 12th Street
 Des Moines, Iowa 50319
 (515) 281-0917
 (515) 242-6384 (fax)
 jschadle@idph.state.ia.us
 www.idph.state.ia.us/default.asp




Keywords                                                 Audience
Healthy community, health promotion, community            • Local elected or appointed government officials
wellness grants                                           • General community
                                                          • State agency partners
                                                          • Policy makers
                                                          • Public health/environmental advocates



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                           Iowa Environmental Council (O)
Mission or Goal
The Iowa Environmental Council actively works in public policy to provide a safe, healthy environment for all Iowans.
We focus on public education and coalition building to give Iowans a voice




Type of Work                           Topical Category                       Geographic Location
• Environmental Advocacy and            • Environment and natural resources    Mostly Iowa, but we also collabo-
  Public Policy                         • Sustainability in the food system    rate on regional and federal policy
                                        • Food policy                          work with other Midwestern states.
                                        • Water quality and quantity
                                        • Energy and global warming solu-
                                          tions/air quality


Program Examples

Educating decision makers, media and the public in efforts to:
• pass federal climate legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 83 percent by 2050.
• pass state legislation which encourages energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources by
individuals and utilities.
• implement portions of the federal Clean Water Act in Iowa, such as water quality standards, antidegrada-
tion rules, nutrient standards, and much more.
• reduce loss of important agricultural soils and, with it, farm chemicals which degrade water and air
quality
• reduce Iowa’s contributions to hypoxia (Dead Zone) in the Gulf of Mexico
• reduce ammonia pollution and fine particulate matter pollution in Iowa
Contact Information
Contact 1                                                 Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Marian Riggs Gelb
 521 East Locust, Suite 220
 Des Moines, Iowa 50309
 (515) 244-1194
 (515) 244-7856 (fax)
 mrgelb@iaenvironment.org
 www.iaenvironment.org


Keywords                                                  Audience
Environment, environmental advocacy, Iowa environ-         • Diverse array of local food system stakeholders
ment, environmental policy, water quality, air quality,
energy, global warming




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                      Iowa Farm to School Program (P)
Mission or Goal
To establish a program that would link elementary, secondary, public and non-public schools with Iowa farmers; pro-
vide schools with fresh and minimally processed Iowa grown food for inclusion in school meals and snacks; and to
encourage children to develop healthy eating habits and provide them with hands-on learning opportunities, such
as farm visits, cooking demonstrations, and school gardening and composting programs

Type of Work                          Topical Category                        Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                   • Market development and access         Statewide
• Financial Assistance/Loans           • Food crop production
• Business Development/Technical       • Food policy
  Assistance                           • Farm to school
                                       • Food distribution and aggregation



Project Examples

• “A” is for Apple - launched in the fall of 2008, in order to encourage the purchase of locally grown Iowa
apples
• Iowa Farm to School Chapters which are the local chapters throughout the state to help connect the local
food network with local students
• Iowa Grown Wrap Your Own (in development)




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                 Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Maury Wills                                              Tammy Stotts
 502 East 9th St.                                         502 East 9th St.
 Des Moines, Iowa 50319                                   Des Moines, Iowa 50319
 (515) 281-5783                                           (515) 281-7657
 (515) 281-6178 (fax)                                     (515) 281-6178 (fax)
 maury.wills@iowaagriculture.gov                          tammy.stotts@iowaagiculture.gov
 http://www.farmtoschool.org/state-home.php?id=11




Keywords                                                  Audience
Farm to school, local food, school gardens, school farm    • Students
tours                                                      • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers
                                                           • Policy makers
                                                           • Farmers
                                                           • Local elected or appointed government officials



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             Iowa Farmers Market Nutrition Program (P)
Mission or Goal
1) To provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers markets and
farmstands to nutritionally at-risk women, infants, children and low-income seniors
2) To increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of
farmers markets, farmstands and CSA programs
3) To develop or aid in the development of new and additional farmers markets, farmstands and CSA programs



Type of Work                           Topical Category                      Geographic Location
• Financial Assistance                  • Children and families               Statewide
                                        • Food and health
                                        • Food-based community and eco-
                                          nomic development
                                        • Market development and access


Project Examples

• Women, Infants and Children (FMNP)
• Senior (FMNP)




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Margaret Long
 Horticulture and Farmers Market Bureau
 502 E 9th St.
 Des Moines, Iowa 50319
 (515) 242-6239
 (515) 242-5015 (fax)




Keywords                                                 Audience
Women, infants, children, seniors, nutrition, farmers     • Women
markets, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land          • Youth
Stewardship                                               • Elderly
                                                          • Fruit and vegetable producers




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                                     Iowa Farmers Union (O)

Mission or Goal
    Strengthen family farms through education, policy advocacy work and improve rural quality of life




Type of Work                               Topical Category                       Geographic Location
    • Outreach/Extension                    • Environment and natural resources    Statewide, but also have connec-
    • Research                              • Livestock production                 tions with groups at the national
    • Policy recommendations                • Energy efficiency                    level (National Farmers Union) as
                                            • Food policy                          well as many other state farmers
                                                                                   unions throughout the country



Project Examples

•    Advocacy on behalf of diversified farmers at the state and federal levels
•    Investigating impact of sustainable agriculture practices on access to crop insurance and credit
•    Developing web site and informational resources for ‘urban’ farmers
•    Local control issues-confinement livestock




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                     Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Chris Petersen                                               Amber Anderson Mba
 614 Billy Sunday Rd, Suite 200                               614 Billy Sunday Rd, Suite 200
 Ames, Iowa 50014                                             Ames, Iowa 50014
 (800) 775-5227                                               (800) 775-5227
 cpetersn@netins.net                                          outreach@iowafarmersunion.org
 www.iowafarmersunion.org                                     www.iowafarmersunion.org




Keywords                                                      Audience
    Family farms, policy maker, farm diversity                 • Farmers
                                                               • Local elected or appointed government officials
                                                               • Consumers
                                                               • Policy makers
                                                               • Agriculture service provider



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                   Iowa Food Policy Council (O, *in formation)
Mission or Goal
The Iowa Food Policy Council develops and recommends policy and programming for a food system which supports
healthier Iowans, communities, economies and environments



Type of Work                           Topical Category                           Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                    • Sustainability in the food system        Statewide
• Policy recommendations                • Community food security
                                        • Food and health
                                        • Food policy




Project Examples

• The Iowa Food Policy Council is in the formation stage. A stakeholders group was formed and is in the
process of developing the mission, vision and goal statements. The infrastructure and governing body of
the Iowa Food Policy Council will be the next phase of the strategic planning process.




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                  Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Angie Tagtow                                              Susan Roberts
 13464 NE 46th Street                                      8830 NW 35th Street
 Elkhart, Iowa 50073                                       Ankeny, Iowa 50023
 (515) 367-5200                                            (515) 965-3859
 (515) 367-5200 (fax)                                      susan@susan-roberts.net
 angie.tagtow@mac.com




Keywords                                                   Audience
Food systems, sustainable, policy, stakeholders, net-       • State agency partners
work,                                                       • Policy makers
                                                            • Local elected or appointed government officials
                                                            • Regulatory agency officials




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           Iowa Foundation for MicroEnterprise and
                   Community Vitality (O,F)
Mission or Goal
Foster entrepreneurship throughout the State of Iowa by providing loan funding and technical assistance




Type of Work                         Topical Category                       Geographic Location
• Business Development and Techni-    • Food and agriculture entrepre-       Based in Boone, Iowa, but we are a
  cal Assistance                        neurship                             statewide initiative.
• Financial Assistance/Loans          • Food crop production
                                      • Food distribution and aggregation
                                      • Livestock production
                                      • Farm to institution



Program Examples

• Lending to agricultural product manufacturing, food production, alternative food uses and cooperative
production ventures




Contact Information
Contact 1                                               Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Craig Downs
 PO Box 793
 Boone, Iowa 50036
 (515) 212-0182
 (515) 432-0358 (fax)
 fcdowns@iowamicroloan.org
 www.iowamicroloan.org




Keywords                                                 Audience
Micro-lending                                             • Business/entrepreneurs
                                                          • Minorities
                                                          • Cooperative managers and directors
                                                          • Producers and processors
                                                          • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers



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       Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (O,F)
Mission or Goal
    To represent the interests of Iowa fruit and vegetable growers through education, marketing, and research




Type of Work                              Topical Category                          Geographic Location
    • Outreach/Extension                   • Market development and access           Statewide
    • Marketing for Members                • Food and agricultural entrepre-
    • Grants                                 neurship
                                           • Food-based community and eco-
                                             nomic development
                                           • Food-crop production
                                           • Food distribution and aggregation



Project Examples

•    Supporting fruit and vegetable research
•    Educational opportunities for fruit and vegetable growers
•    Field days for growers
•    Promoting awareness among consumers
•    Iowa State Fair competition sponsor
•    Partnerships with Iowa State University and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
•    Farmers market nutrition programs and other programs providing assistance to needy Iowans
Contact Information
Contact 1                                                       Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Dorothy Lewis                                                  Greg Rinehart
 PO Box 1202                                                    703 Kale Road
 Ames, Iowa 50010-1202                                          Boone, Iowa 50036
 (515) 232-5801                                                 (515) 290-3925
 (877) 262-4516 (fax)                                           gtrinehart@gmail.com
 ifvga@q.com
 www.iafruitvegetablegrowers.org




Keywords                                                        Audience
    Fruits and vegetables, locally grown, food decision-mak-     • State agency partners
    ing, farmers markets, farm stands, agritourism, u-pick or    • Producers and processors
    pick your own (orchards, mazes, pumpkin patches)             • Consumers
                                                                 • Fresh fruit and vegetable growers
                                                                 • Agriculture service providers



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                                Iowa League of RC&Ds (O)

Mission or Goal
    To create jobs, protect the environment and improve the quality of life in rural communities




Type of Work                           Topical Category                        Geographic Location
• Business Development/Technical        • Environment and natural resources     Statewide
  Assistance                            • Food and agricultural entrepre-
                                          neurship




Program Examples

•    Iowa Lakes, phone: (712) 262-2690                        •   Northeast Iowa, phone: (563) 864-7112
•    Sioux Rivers, phone: (712) 943-7882                      •   Prairie Rivers, phone: (515) 232-0048
•    Golden Hills, phone: (712) 482-3029                      •   Iowa Heartland, phone: (515) 963-8654
•    M & M Divide, phone: (712) 792-4415                      •   Chariton Valley, phone: (641) 437-4376
•    Prairie Partners, phone: (515) 332-3337                  •   Cedar Valley, phone: (641) 257-1912
•    Southern Iowa, phone: (641) 782-7058                     •   Iowa Valley, phone: (319) 213-9243
•    Prairie Winds, phone: (641) 923-3606                     •   Pathfinders,phone: (641) 472-6177
•    Interstate, phone: (309) 764-1830                        •   Limestone Bluffs, phone: (563) 652-5104
Contact Information                                           •   Geode, phone: (319) 752-6395

Contact 1                                                  Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Warren Johnson
 Executive Director - Iowa League - RC&D
 563-212-1510
 wdjohnson2009@gmail.com
 www.ia.nrcs.usda.gov/partnerships/rcanddlist.
 html#Iowa%20Heartland



Keywords                                                   Audience
    Natural resource, economic development, food systems    • Community-based organizations
                                                            • Economic development officials
                                                            • RC&D councils in Iowa




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                   Iowa Network for Community Agriculture (O)

Mission or Goal
 INCA cultivates connections among Iowans to create healthy, fair, and sustainable local food systems




Type of Work                            Topical Category                       Geographic Location
 • Outreach/Extension                    • Food and agricultural entrepre-      Statewide, but focused on specific
 • Networking                              neurship                             communities
                                         • Food crop production
                                         • Community food security
                                         • Food and health
                                         • Food-based community and eco-
                                           nomic development




Program Examples

• Annual Local Food Conference
• Growing Food and Profit
• Community Development around food, agriculture, and the built environment


Contact Information
Contact 1                                                  Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Sean Skeehan
 INCA c/o Kelly Foss, 700 Locust Street - Suite 100
 Des Moines, Iowa 50309
 (641) 793-2444
 Info@growinca.org
 www.growinca.org




Keywords                                                   Audience
 Community Food Systems, Local Food Conference              • General community
                                                            • Community-based organizations
                                                            • Farmers
                                                            • Students




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                                Iowa State University
                             Department of Horticulture (P)
Mission or Goal
Improve the health and quality of life of Iowans through the promotion of fresh fruit and vegetables




Type of Work                         Topical Category                       Geographic Location
• For-credit Education                • Environment and natural resources    Statewide
• Research                            • Food crop production
• Outreach/Extension                  • Sustainability in the food system
                                      • Food and health
                                      • Agriculture technology




Program Examples

• Educational programs for small acreage farmers
• Supporting grape and wine production efforts in Iowa
• Organic production of horticultural crops


Contact Information
Contact 1                                               Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Cynthia Haynes                                        Jeff Iles
 131 Horticulture Hall-ISU                             106 Horticulture Hall-ISU
 Ames, Iowa 50011                                      Ames, Iowa 50011
 (515) 294-4006                                        (515) 294-3718
 (515) 294-0730 (fax)                                  (515) 294-0730 (fax)
 chaynes@iastate.edu                                   iles@iastate.edu
 www.hort.iastate.edu                                  www.hort.iastate.edu




Keywords                                                Audience
Consumer education, commercial producer informa-         • Diverse array of local food system stakeholders
tion, grower field days, crop production research




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                    Iowa State University Extension
                  Agriculture and Natural Resources (P)
Mission or Goal
ISU Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources provides unbiased, research-based knowledge and educational
programs to agricultural professionals to grow the economic base of Iowa agriculture



Type of Work                            Topical Category                         Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                     • Environment and natural resources      Statewide
• Business Development/Technical         • Food and agricultural entrepre-
  Assistance                               neurship
                                         • Food crop production
                                         • Community food security
                                         • Livestock production

Project Examples

• Ag Decision Maker: tools and information for agricultural business planning and decision-making includ-
ing costs and returns, markets, outlook and prices, and strategic planning. <http://www.extension.iastate.
edu/agdm/>
• Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation: timely, objective information concerning the application of im-
portant legal developments to agriculture in both state and federal law <http://www.calt.iastate.edu>
• Food Safety from Farm to Table: research-based, unbiased information on food safety and quality for con-
sumers, processors, and foodservice operators <http://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsafety/>
• Sustainable Agriculture Extension Program: training and programming on philosophy and implementa-
tion of sustainable agriculture for farmers, educators, and the public <http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/
sustag/>
• Viticulture and Enology: research, extension, and collaboration towards sustainability in Iowa’s evolving
grape and wine industry <http://www.extension.iastate.edu/wine/>
Contact Information
Contact 1                                                    Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Gerald Miller                                               Paul Brown
 132 Curtiss Hall                                            109 Curtiss Hall
 Ames, Iowa 50011-1050                                       Ames, Iowa 50011-1050
 (515) 294-4333                                              (515) 294-7801
 (515) 294-5745 (fax)                                        (515) 294-5099 (fax)
 soil@iastate.edu                                            pwbrown@iastate.edu
 http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ag/homepage.html           http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ag/homepage.html

Keywords                                                     Audience
Livestock agriculture and waste management, air qual-         • Farmers
ity, water quality, natural resources, crop production        • Cooperative managers and directors
and soil stewardship, farm business management and            • State agency partners
entrepreneurship, farm safety, food safety, and home-         • Agriculture service providers
land security, horticulture, viticulture, and aquaculture,    • Rural landowners
agricultural energy and the bioeconomy, forestry and
wildlife

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                              Iowa State University Extension -
                                Small Farm Sustainability (P)
Mission or Goal
To help small family farmers and food businesses move towards operational and environmental sustainability by
providing programs and facilitating partnerships in the following focus areas:
1) local and regional food systems 2) niche and specialty markets and 3) agri-entrepreneurship


Type of Work                          Topical Category                         Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                   • Market development and access          Statewide
                                       • Food and agricultural entrepre-
                                         neurship
                                       • Sustainability in the food system



Project Examples

• Cultivating the Agrarian Dream - a “go or no-go” decision-making workshop for aspiring agricultural entre-
preneurs on whether or not to take the plunge into small-scale, sustainable farming
• Improve Your Success at Farmers Markets - a workshop for farmers market vendors/managers on how to
improve marketing and product merchandising at farmers market booths
• Greenhorn Grazing - a five-session grazing school for beginning and transitioning graziers interested in
management-instensive and rotational grazing




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                  Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Andrew Larson
 2303 Agronomy Hall
 Ames, Iowa 50011
 (515) 294-5875
 (515) 294-5099 (fax)
 allarso1@iastate.edu
 http://www.extension.iastate.edu/smallfarms (FALL
 2009)




Keywords                                                   Audience
Small farms, local foods, sustainable agriculture, niche    • Business/entrepreneurs
markets, market research, agriculture entrepreneurship      • Farmers
                                                            • Producers and processors
                                                            • Rural landowners
                                                            • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers



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     Iowa State University Families Extension - Hotel,
        Restaurant and Institution Management (P)
Mission or Goal
Provide research- based information to retail foodservice organizations




Type of Work                          Topical Category                           Geographic Location
• Research                             • Market development and access            Statewide efforts and regional Mid-
• Outreach/Extension                   • Farm to school                           west (Nebraska and Illinois)
                                       • Sustainability in the food system
                                       • Farm to institution
                                       • Food safety in foodservices/pro-
                                         curement in foodservice opera-
                                         tions


Program Examples

• Outreach efforts including research, presentations, and publications related to use of locally sourced foods
by retail foodservice establishments.
• Work has focused on these topic areas: food safety (worker health and hygiene, good agricultural prac-
tices, and cleaning and sanitizing); regulations; producer understanding of sectors within the foodservice
industry; and decision making considerations for foodservice buyers.



Contact Information
Contact 1                                                  Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Catherine Strohbehn
 31 MacKay Hall, ISU
 Ames, IA 50036
 (515) 294-3527
 (515) 294-6364 (fax)
 cstrohbe@iastate.edu
 www.iastatelocalfoods.org




Keywords                                                  Audience
Foodservice, food safety, regulation, procurement, farm    • Business/entrepreneurs
to foodservice, farm to school, farm to restaurant         • State agency partners
                                                           • Extension educators
                                                           • Students
                                                           • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers



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                  Iowa State University
      Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (P)
Mission or Goal
Provide students with the analytical and problem-solving skills required to meet the challenges confronting ag-
riculture in the 21st century; develop an innovative approach to graduate education that is interdisciplinary and
interdepartmental; position ISU at the forefront of institutions conducting research and extending knowledge about
sustainable agriculture


Type of Work                           Topical Category                       Geographic Location
 • For-credit Education                 • Sustainability in the food system    State, national and international
                                        • Environment and natural resources
                                        • Community food security
                                        • Food-based community and eco-
                                          nomic development
                                        • Food and agricultural entrepre-
                                          neurship


Project Examples

• MS and Ph.D programs in sustainable agriculture
• Options for co-majors and minors




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Mary Wiedenhoeft                                        Mark Gleason
 1126D Agronomy-ISU                                      313 Bessey Hall-ISU
 Ames, Iowa 50011-1010                                   Ames, IA 50011-1020
 (515) 294-3274                                          (515) 294-0579
 (515) 294-8146 (fax)                                    mgleason@iastate.edu
 mwiedenh@iastate.edu                                    www.sust.ag.iastate.edu/gpsa/
 www.sust.ag.iastate.edu/gpsa/




Keywords                                                  Audience
 Sustainable agriculture education, sustainable use of     • Students
 natural resouces, community-based agriculutre             • Scientific community




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 Iowa State University Organic Agriculture Program
                                                        (P)
Mission or Goal
 Assist producers, processors and marketers in recommendations for organic ag and local food production




Type of Work                           Topical Category                       Geographic Location
 • Research                             • Food and agricultural entrepre-      Statewide
 • Grants                                 neurship
 • Outreach/Extension                   • Food crop production
 • Business Development/Technical       • Market development and access
   Assistance                           • Food-based community and eco-
 • For-credit Education                   nomic development
                                        • Food distribution and aggregation




Program Examples

• Local foods publication
  - http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM1995.pdf
• Organic agriculture research and education
  - http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/organicag/




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                 Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Kathleen Delate
 106 Horticulture Hall
 Ames, Iowa 50011
 515-294-7069
 515-294-0730
 kdelate@iastate.edu
 http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/organicag/



Keywords                                                  Audience
 Organic agriculture, local foods, education               • Diverse array of local food system stakeholders




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                          Iowa State University
                   Value Added Agriculture Program (P)
Mission or Goal
To provide unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses




Type of Work                          Topical Category                       Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                  • Food and agricultural entrepre-       Statewide
• Business Development/Technical        neurship
  Assistance




Program Examples

•   Local and Regional Foods Initiatives
•   Market Maker Iowa
•   Cooperative Development
•   Business Planning and Development
•   Facilitate development of agriculture-related businesses
•   Assist clients in making informed decisions
•   Provide leadership and vision for value-added agriculture education and business development


Contact Information
Contact 1                                                 Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Raymond Hansen                                          Value Added Extension Office
 1111 NSRIC Bldg                                         1111 NSRIC Bldg
 Ames, Iowa 50010                                        Ames, Iowa 50010
 (515) 294-3890                                          (515) 294-9496
 hansenr@iastate.edu                                     www.extension.iastate.edu/valueaddedag
 www.extension.iastate.edu/valueaddedag




Keywords                                                 Audience
Value added agriculture, business development, feasi-     • Business/entrepreneurs
bility studies                                            • Farmers
                                                          • Extension educators
                                                          • Agriculture service providers
                                                          • Producers and processors



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          Iowa Valley Regional Food Initiative (I-Food) (O)
Mission or Goal
    To build a regional network of diverse people and organizations to cultivate a sustainable food system locally




Type of Work                              Topical Category                         Geographic Location
    • Grants                               • Market development and access            Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Linn, Pow-
    • Outreach/Extension                   • Food and agricultural entrepre-          eshiek and Tama counties. Also the
    • Financial Assistance/Loans             neurship                                 Meskwaki Nation.
    • Research                             • Food policy
    • Business Development/Technical       • Food-based community and eco-
      Assistance                             nomic development
                                           • Food distribution and aggregation


Program Examples

•   We manage a Farm to School chapter
•   We have developed a sustainable regional food plan
•   We are helping to develop a food park/incubator facility
•   We continue to research our regional local food needs and resources




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                      Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Jason Grimm                                                   Christine Taliga
 920 48th Ave                                                  920 48th Ave
 Amana, Iowa 52203                                             Amana, Iowa 52203
 (319) 213-9423                                                (319) 213-9423
 (319) 622-3264 (fax)                                          (319) 622-3264 (fax)
 info@ivrcd.org                                                ctaliga@ivrcd.org
 www.ivrcd.org                                                 www.ivrcd.org




Keywords                                                       Audience
    Sustainable use of natural resources, food decision mak-    • Business/entrepreneurs
    ing, market development and access, food based com-         • Local elected or appointed government officials
    munity and economic development, farm to school,            • Planners/economic and community development staff
    food policy                                                 • Economic development officials
                                                                • Cooperative managers and directors



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                Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board
           Administered by the Tourism Office, Iowa Department of Economic Development (O,F)

Mission or Goal
Promote wine and beer made in Iowa




Type of Work                         Topical Category                       Geographic Location
• Grants                               • Promote Iowa-made wine and          Statewide
                                         beer
                                       • Business Development/Technical
                                         Assistance




Project Examples

• The Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board is funded through a gallonage tax paid by native Iowa wineries
and breweries.
• The Board publishes an annual directory of Iowa wineries and breweries, maintains a Web site, develops
marketing campaigns and provides grants for Iowa wine and beer events and festivals.




Contact Information
Contact 1                                               Contact 2 (if applicable)
 LuAnn Reinders
 200 East Grand
 Des Moines, Iowa 50309
 (515) 725-3088
 (515) 725-3010 (fax)
 luann.reinders@iowalifechanging.com
 www.iowawineandbeer.com




Keywords                                                Audience
Iowa, wine, beer, marketing, promotion                   • Consumers




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               ISU Dining - Farm to ISU and Buy Fresh
                      Buy Local Central Iowa (P)
Mission or Goal
To be better stewards of the Earth as we fulfill Iowa State University’s mission: Create, share, and apply knowledge
to make Iowa and the world a better place. Focus on local small growers, farmers, and ranchers who use sustainable
and organic practices. Support Iowa businesses as they provide local jobs and economic development. Develop
organic features in residential dining centers and retail operations.
Type of Work                           Topical Category                       Geographic Location
• Research                              • Market development and access        Iowa State University, Ames, Story
• Business service to community         • Farm to institution                  County, Iowa
  education and outreach to con-        • Food-based community and eco-
  sumers and producers                    nomic development
                                        • Farm to school




Program Examples

• Farm to ISU - ISU Dining’s initiative to increase its purchases of local (food from farms within 250 miles of
Ames), sustainable (Food Alliance certified) and organic (USDA or IDALS certified) foods.
• Buy Fresh Buy Local Central Iowa - A directory of local producers and institutions that represent the local
food system in central Iowa.
• Composting and Food Waste Reduction projects - There have been numerous projects with ISU Dining to
decrease food waste. The dining halls and other dining locations will begin composting food waste in fall
2009.
Contact Information
Contact 1                                                 Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Nancy Levandowski
 1215 Friley
 Ames, Iowa 50012
 (515) 294-7578
 nancyl@iastate.edu
 http://www.dining.iastate.edu/farm_to_isu/




Keywords                                                  Audience
Local food, buy fresh buy local, farm to college           • Consumers
                                                           • General community
                                                           • Community-based organizations
                                                           • Youth educators
                                                           • Producers and processors



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                    Johnson County Local Food Alliance (O)

Mission or Goal
To foster a more local and more sustainable food economy in Johnson and surrounding counties




Type of Work                         Topical Category                       Geographic Location
• Education and promotion             • Environment and natural resources    Johnson and surrounding counties
                                      • Sustainability in the food system
                                      • Market development and access
                                      • Community food security
                                      • Food and health




Program Examples

• Buy Fresh Buy Local Directory
• Local Food Summit
• Field to Family

Contact Information
Contact 1                                               Contact 2 (if applicable)
 James Nisly
 PO Box 93
 Iowa City, Iowa 52244
 (319) 936-6510
 james.nisly@jclfa.org
 www.jclfa.org




Keywords                                                Audience
Consumer education, buy local campaign                   • General community
                                                         • Community-based organizations
                                                         • Farmers
                                                         • Consumers
                                                         • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers



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                  Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
                                                            (O,F)

Mission or Goal
To conduct research into the negative impacts of agricultural practices; to assist in developing alternative practices;
and to work with ISU Extension to inform the public of Leopold Center findings.



Type of Work                            Topical Category                          Geographic Location
• Grants                                • Sustainability in the food system        Statewide
• Research                              • Food and health
• Outreach/Extension                    • Food distribution and aggregation
• Business Development/Technical        • Farm to institution
  Assistance                            • Food-based community and eco-
                                          nomic development



Program Examples

• Leopold Center Marketing Initiative has the following objectives:
  1.    Research and test new marketing strategies and business structures that allow Iowa’s farmers and
  communities to retain more of the value for energy, food, or fiber produced;
  2.    Support education, conduct research, and facilitate partnerships to increase investment and support
  of local and regional food, fiber, and energy enterprises; and
  3.    Conduct research and education to address challenges that impede farmers and farmer networks
  from being equal partners in energy, food or fiber-based value chains.
• This initiative awards food systems grants on a yearly basis through the Leopold Center’s competitive
grants program. Iowa-based educational institutions and non-profit organizations are encouraged to
apply to the Center’s request for pre-proposals in early summer of each year.

Contact Information
Contact 1                                                     Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Rich Pirog
 209 Curtiss Hall - ISU
 Ames, Iowa 50011
 (515) 294-1854
 (515) 294-9696 (fax)
 rspirog@iastate.edu
 www.leopold.iastate.edu



Keywords                                                      Audience
 Farmer profitability; food market research; food, health      • Diverse array of local food system stakeholders
 and climate change; food systems




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                               Local Foods Connection (O)
Mission or Goal
To make available to the Iowa low-income community the opportunity to enjoy locally made healthy food, to be-
come part of a local, environmentally aware community, and to learn how best to prepare fresh food for the most
health benefits.


Type of Work                            Topical Category                     Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                    • Market development and access       South central and southeast Iowa
• Charitable non-profit hunger relief   • Community food security
                                        • Food and health
                                        • Children and families

Program Examples

• LFC enrolls families, individuals and social service agencies (such as a domestic violence shelter) in com-
munity supported agriculture (CSA) programs. We pay full price for fresh produce, eggs, bread and meat
produced by a variety of sustainable agriculture local farms to donate. Social service, religious and medical
organizations refer clients to our program. Our clients include single mothers, immigrants, the elderly, chil-
dren, racial minorities and people with exceptional medical needs.
• LFC runs an educational program that offers our clients the opportunity to make meaningful changes in
their health. Clients earn points for every education activity they complete. With these points they can pur-
chase kitchenware and cookbooks from our small store.
• LFC and partners host an annual free CSA fair in Iowa City and produce a CSA guide.
• To increase the sub/urban community’s awareness of local farms and sustainable agriculture, LFC recruits
anywhere from 50 to 300 volunteers a year to work on farms, an activity that earns the charity credit toward
food purchases. Environmental science classes at the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community college
allow their students to volunteer on a farm for class credit.

Contact Information
Contact 1                                                Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Laura Dowd
 PO Box 2821
 Iowa City, Iowa 52244
 (319) 338-2010
 (319) 338-2010 (fax)
 localfoodsconnection@yahoo.com
 www.localfoodsconnection.org


Keywords                                                 Audience
 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), volunteering      • Farmers
 on farms, charity                                        • Minorities
                                                          • Women
                                                          • Elderly
                                                          • Students



Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture                                                                        45
                                   Market Maker Iowa (P)
Mission or Goal
An interactive mapping system that locates businesses and markets of agricultural products in Iowa.




Type of Work                          Topical Category                       Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                   • Market development and access       Statewide, multi-state affiliation
• Business Development/Technical       • Food and agricultural entrepre-
  Assistance                             neurship
                                       • Food-based community and eco-
                                         nomic development
                                       • Community food security
                                       • Food distribution and aggregation




Project Examples

• Local and Regional Foods Initiatives
• Food Traceability and Certification Awareness
• Food Industry National Market Maker



Contact Information
Contact 1                                               Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Raymond Hansen                                          Craig Tordsen
 1111 NSRIC Bldg                                         1111 NSRIC Bldg
 Ames, Iowa 50010                                        Ames, Iowa 50010
 (515) 294-3890                                          (515) 294-1938
 (515) 294-9496 (fax)                                    ctordsen@iastate.edu
 hansenr@iastate.edu                                     www.marketmakeriowa.com
 www.marketmakeriowa.com



Keywords                                                 Audience
Market research, market analysis, mapping, directory,     • Business/entrepreneurs
demographics, procurement                                 • Farmers
                                                          • Producers and processors
                                                          • Extension educators
                                                          • Food retailers and wholesalers



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                     Marshalltown Community College (O)
Mission or Goal
    Provide education and demonstration of entrepreneurial and sustainable agriculture




Type of Work                             Topical Category                       Geographic Location
    • Outreach/Extension                  • Sustainability in the food system   We are a community college open
    • For-credit Education                • Food-based community and eco-       to all. We primarily serve those in
    • Consulting, Education                 nomic development                   the state of Iowa.
                                          • Food distribution and aggregation
                                          • Livestock production
                                          • Food and agricultural entrepre-
                                            neurship



Program Examples

•    Degree program in sustainable agriculture
•    Entrepreneurship training
•    Organic demonstration farm
•    Student cooperative farm
•    Research collaborations in sustainable agriculture


Contact Information
Contact 1                                                   Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Linda Barnes                                                Norman McCoy
 3700 S. Center Street                                       3700 S. Center Street
 Marshalltown, Iowa 50158                                    Marshalltown, Iowa 50158
 (641) 844-5788                                              (641) 844-5785
 (641) 752-8149 (fax)                                        (641) 752-8149 (fax)
 linda.barnes@iavalley.edu                                   noman.mccoy@iavalley.edu
 www.iavalley.edu/mcc/about/programs-degrees/Entre-          http://www.iavalley.edu/mcc/about/programs-degrees/
 preneurialandDiversifiedAg.html                             EntrepreneurialandDiversifiedAg.html




Keywords                                                    Audience
    Community College, education, courses, sustainable       • Business/entrepreneurs
    agriculture, educational farm                            • General community
                                                             • Minorities
                                                             • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers
                                                             • Students



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                       Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation (O,F)
Mission or Goal
To perpetuate the generosity and giving philosophy of Martha-Ellen Tye by providing support for and working with
programs, projects, and organizations that are striving to make a better life for the people of Marshalltown, Iowa
and San Antonio, Texas and their surrounding areas. Particularly to address the educational, artistic, cultural, youth,
and human services needs of communities in these geographic areas, and prefers to support initiatives that enable
recipient organizations to build their own capacities to produce significant, measurable, change


Type of Work                            Topical Category                        Geographic Location
• Grants                                 • Children and families                 Central Iowa
                                         • Food-based community and eco-
                                           nomic development




Program Examples

• Midwest Center for Entrepreneurial Agriculture at Marshalltown Community College, Iowa Valley Commu-
nity College District




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                   Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Sue Martin                                                  Heidi Pierson
 16 East Main Ste 260                                        16 East Main Ste 260
 Marshalltown, Iowa 50158                                    Marshalltown, Iowa 50158
 (641) 752-8340                                              (641) 752-8340
 (641) 752-8341 (fax)                                        (641) 752-8341 (fax)
 metf@dybb.com                                               metf2@dybb.com
 www.marthaellentyefoundation.org                            www.marthaellentyefoundation.org




Keywords                                                    Audience
Grants, families, youth services, cultural services          • Business/entrepreneurs
                                                             • Producers and processors
                                                             • Minorities
                                                             • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers
                                                             • Students



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           Next Generation of Sustainable Farmers (P)
Mission or Goal
Help the many families who are bringing back sons and daughters to the farm make as smooth a transition as pos-
sible; provide introductory programming that will help beginning farmers commit to an enterprises and then work
to make that commitment a reality; link experienced farmers with newcomers through a mentoring program that
offers on-the-farm experience; offer targeted trainings, workshops, webinars, and field days on topics identified by
beginning farmers, especially production and marketing topics; provide opportunities for beginners to network with
each other through field days and conference and retreat offerings


Type of Work                           Topical Category                      Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                   • Market development and access        Statewide
• Networking Farmers                   • Food crop production
• Business Development/Technical       • Food and agricultural entrepre-
  Assistance                             neurship
                                       • Programming to support member
                                         needs


Project Examples

• Continue work on intergenerational communication and planning
• Establish and conduct “Your Enterprise” programming for beginning farmers
• Establish and conduct mentoring program
• Offer targeted trainings, workshops, webinars, and field days on topics identified by beginning farmers,
including production topics
• Offer networking opportunities for beginning farmers
• Share lessons widely

Contact Information
Contact 1                                                Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Luke Gran-Practical Farmers of Iowa
 137 Lynn Ave. Suite 200
 Ames, Iowa 50014
 (515) 232-5661
 (515) 232-5649 (fax)
 luke@practicalfarmers.org
 http://www.practicalfarmers.org/

Keywords                                                  Audience
New farmers, beginning farmers, farm apprenticeships,      • Beginning farmers
farm mentorship, transitioning the family farm             • Farmers
                                                           • Women
                                                           • Rural landowners
                                                           • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers



Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture                                                                        49
                  North Central Region-Sustainable
                 Agriculture Research and Education (O,F)
Mission or Goal
North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education strengthens rural communities, increases
farmer / rancher profitability, and improves the environment by supporting research and education.



Type of Work                         Topical Category                        Geographic Location
• Grants                              • Any topic that the author believes    Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michi-
                                        will make agriculture in the north    gan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska,
                                        central part of the United States     North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota,
                                        more sustainable                      Wisconsin




Program Examples

• Fund applied research and/or education projects for educators, graduate students, farmers and ranch-
ers and researchers who have ideas for ways to make agriculture in the North Central Region of the United
States more sustainable




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Bill Wilcke
 120 BAE, University of Minnesota
 1390 Eckles Avenue
 St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
 (612) 626-3113
 (612) 626- 3132 (fax)
 ncrsare@umn.edu
 www.sare.org/ncrsare




Keywords                                                 Audience
USDA, sustainable agriculture research and/or educa-      • Diverse array of local food system stakeholders
tion grants




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                                   Northeast Iowa
                                Food & Farm Coalition (O)
Mission or Goal
The Northeast Iowa Food & Farm Coalition has been formed to begin implementation of the strategic plan designed
to build a stronger local food and farm economy in Northeast Iowa. The Coalition has identified the following goals:
1) Provide an opportunity for existing and new producers to diversify;
2) Explore the development of regional processing and storage facilities to add value to all agricultural products in
the area;
3) Increase sale and consumption of locally grown food on a local, regional and national level.
Type of Work                           Topical Category                       Geographic Location
 • Outreach/Extension                   • Food and health                      Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton,
 • Business Development/Technical       • Food crop production                 Howard, Fayette, and Winneshiek
   Assistance                           • Sustainability in the food system    Counties
                                        • Food-based community and eco-
                                          nomic development
                                        • Farm to school

Program Examples
• Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative 2009 Fall Conference - This community conference is being
planned to assist citizens as they work to improve the policies, practices, and systems that determine how
food arrives on our tables and how northeast Iowa communities can grow opportunities for physical activity
for all
• Farm-To-School - A two-year pilot program involving a northeast Iowa FFI Regional School Planning work
group’s (18 public and private school districts and 3 colleges) efforts to grow a grow a Farm-to-School pro-
gram incorporating healthy local foods into school food programs while teaching people about nutrition
and the local food system.
• Buy Fresh Buy Local 2009 Campaign - See website for more details at: http://www.iowafreshfood.com
• NIFF Education Committee - plans and partners with local organizations and food producers to provide
and promote a variety of seasonal workshops for the region.
Contact Information
Contact 1                                                   Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Teresa Wiemerslage                                         Brenda Ranum
 21 Allamakee Street                                        911 S. Mill St.
 Waukon, Iowa 52172                                         Decorah, Iowa 52101
 (563) 568-6345                                             (563) 382-2949
 (563) 568-6345 (fax)                                       (563) 382-2949 (fax)
 wiemer@iastate.edu                                         ranum@iastate.edu
 www.iowafoodandfitness.org                                 www.iowafoodandfitness.org
 www.iowafreshfood.com
 www.niffcoalition.org
Keywords                                                    Audience
                                                            • Community-based organizations
Local food, northeast Iowa, business development, pro-      • Producers and processors
cessing and storage facilities, sales marketing, regional   • Extension
food systems working group                                  • Planners/economic and community development staff
                                                            • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers



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                      Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership (O)
Mission or Goal
    To support the development of a local and regional food economy that positively impacts local farmers, consumers
    and businesses through education, collaboration, and economic development



Type of Work                              Topical Category                      Geographic Location
    • Outreach/Extension                  • Market development and access        Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Bu-
    • Business Development/Technical      • Food distribution and aggregation    chanan, Butler, Grundy, and Tama
      Assistance                          • Food-based community and eco-        Counties
                                            nomic development
                                          • Farm to school
                                          • Farm to Institution


Program Examples

•    Buy Fresh Buy Local
•    Aggregation/Food Distribution
•    Farm to Institution
•    Farm to School
•    Local Food and Local Government
•    Outreach/Education
•    Marketing
•    Economic Development
•    Promotional Events

Contact Information
Contact 1                                                   Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Andrea Geary
 UNI-CEEE
 Cedar Falls, Iowa
 50614-0293
 (319) 273-7883
 (319) 273-7140 (fax)
 andrea.geary@uni.edu
 www.niffp.org


Keywords                                                    Audience
    Marketing Assistance, Farm to Institution, Farm to       • Business/entrepreneurs
    School, Buy Fresh Buy Local, regional food systems       • Farmers
    working group                                            • Local elected or appointed government officials
                                                             • Planners/economic and community development staff
                                                             • Consumers



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 Northwest Iowa Regional and Local Food System (P)
Mission or Goal
In development




Type of Work                         Topical Category                       Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                  • Market development and access        Woodbury, Plymouth, Monona,
• Business Development/Technical      • Food and agricultural entrepre-      Cherokee, Ida, and Sioux Counties
  Assistance                            neurship
                                      • Food-based community and eco-
                                        nomic development
                                      • Food crop production
                                      • Community food security

Program Examples

• Buy Fresh Buy Local
• Local food system planning
• Farmers markets




Contact Information
Contact 1                                               Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Sherry McGill                                          Abbie Gaffey
 4301 Sergeant Road Suite 213                           1014 1/2 Design Place
 Sioux City, Iowa 51106                                 Sioux City, Iowa 51101
 (712) 276-2157                                         (712) 251-8595
 mcgills@iastate.edu                                    agaffey@iastate.edu
 www.extension.iastate.edu/woodbury/




Keywords                                                Audience
local food systems, community development                • General community
                                                         • Farmers
                                                         • Local elected or appointed government officials
                                                         • Planners/economic and community development staff
                                                         • Consumers



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                                        One Backyard (C)
Mission or Goal
 Writing, communication, marketing and project management in the field of sustainable food, agriculture and busi-
 ness



Type of Work                          Topical Category                       Geographic Location
• Research                             • Market development and access        Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois,
• Business Development/Technical       • Environment and natural resources    New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
  Assistance                           • Sustainability in the food system
• Writing, editing, comunications,     • Food distribution and aggregation
  marketing                            • Place-based and farm identity
                                         food/agriculture marketing




Program Examples

• Red Tomato: Communication and marketing for non-profit which markets fresh, regional fruit and veg-
etables for a network of farmers
• Rodale Institute: Editing of marketing segment, web-based Transition to Organic course
• Leopold Center: RFSWG participant since early days; workshop presenter
• Bates College: Campus-wide initiative, Bates Contemplates Food, linking sustainable dining program to
larger academic and campus life

Contact Information
Contact 1                                                Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Susan Futrell
 311 Fairchild St.
 Iowa City, Iowa 52245
 (319) 321-1554
 sfutrell@mchsi.com




Keywords                                                  Audience
 Place-based foods, fruit and vegetable, marketing,        • Consumers
 communications, sustainable food systems, local and       • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers
 regional food systems




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                         Pork Niche Market Working Group (P)
Mission or Goal
    To foster the success of niche pork value chains that are profitable to all participants, that incorporate farmer owner-
    ship and control, and that contribute to environmental stewardship and rural vitality. The group is part of the Iowa-
    based network of food and agricultural working groups called Value Chain Partnerships


Type of Work                               Topical Category                         Geographic Location
    • Outreach/Extension                    • Market access and development          Midwest United States
    • Research                              • Food and agricultural entrepre-
    • Business Development/Technical          neurship
      Assistance                            • Food distribution and aggregation
                                            • Livestock production




Program Examples

•    Niche Pork Virtual Farm Tours
•    Niche Pork Cost of Production Research
•    An Evaluation of the Importance to Consumers of Selected Niche Pork Attributes
•    Maximizing Carcass Utilization in Niche Pork Companies
•    LTL Trucking Terms and Process Guide
•    Niche Pork Production Handbook
•    Niche Pork Herd Health Guide
•    Berkshire Swine Production and Marketing Report
Contact Information
Contact 1                                                       Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Gary Huber
 137 Lynn Ave., Suite 200
 Ames, Iowa 50014
 (515) 232-5661
 gary@practicalfarmers.org
 http://valuechains.org/pnmwg/




Keywords                                                        Audience
    Niche pork production, processing, and marketing             • Business/entrepreneurs
                                                                 • Farmers
                                                                 • Producers and processors
                                                                 • Extension educators
                                                                 • Agriculture service providers



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        Pottawattamie County Local Food Council (O)
Mission or Goal
To facilitate and stimulate connections between growers and consumers and to provide fresh, nutritious, safe, local
food while enhancing community health and economic vitality



Type of Work                           Topical Category                        Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                   • Community food security               Pottawattamie County
                                       • Food and health                       Omaha/Council Bluffs Metro Area
                                       • Food-based community and eco-         Southwest Iowa
                                         nomic development
                                       • Food policy
                                       • Increasing local food production in
                                         Pottawattamie County



Program Examples

• Recruiting more local food producers into Pottawattamie County

(Relatively new organization which is still developing)




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                 Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Bahia Barry
 712 S Hwy St, PO Box 189
 Oakland, Iowa 51560
 (712) 482-3029
 (712) 482-5590 (fax)
 bahia.mar@rcdnet.net




Keywords                                                  Audience
Increase local food production, local food policy, com-    • Diverse array of local food system stakeholders
munity food systems




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                           Practical Farmers of Iowa (O)
Mission or Goal
To research, develop and promote profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agricul-
ture



Type of Work                         Topical Category                        Geographic Location
• Research                            • Market development and access         Statewide
• Outreach/Extension                  • Food and agricultural entrepre-
• Business Development/Technical        neurship
  Assistance                          • Environment and natural resources
• Farmer-led research and demon-      • Food-crop production
  stration                            • Livestock production




Program Examples

• Next Generation Program (transitioning farm families, networking, production and marketing information,
mentoring)
• Pork Niche Market Working Group
• Horticulture clusters and production programming
• Field Days
• On-Farm Research and Demonstration

Contact Information
Contact 1                                                Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Teresa Opheim
 137 Lynn Ave. Suite 200
 Ames, Iowa 50014
 (515) 232-5661
 (515) 232-5649 (fax)
 teresa@practicalfarmers.org
 www.practicalfarmers.org




Keywords                                                 Audience
Sustainable agriculture, farmer networking, mentorship    • Business entrepreneurs
                                                          • Farmers
                                                          • General community
                                                          • Rural landowners
                                                          • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers



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                                  Prairie Ventures, LLC (C)
Mission or Goal
Find market-based solutions to problems in sustainability




Type of Work                            Topical Category                         Geographic Location
• Business Development/Technical         • Market development and access          Statewide
  Assistance                             • Food and agricultural entrepre-
                                           neurship
                                         • Sustainability in the food system
                                         • Food-based community and eco-
                                           nomic development




Program Examples

• Development of business strategy and sales plan for multi-category, fair trade food product line
• Development of policies and procedures for boards of directors overseeing corporate sustainability efforts
• Development of curriculum in sustainability for training programs in business settings and for MBA level
business students
• Development of business expansion plan and financing plan for a non-profit corporation offering sustain-
ability, local food and environmental educational experiences for children and families
• Categorize specific informational articles based on syndicated data for the grocery trade
Contact Information
Contact 1                                                    Contact 2 (if applicable)
 K. Jesse Singerman
 219 Ronalds St.
 Iowa City, Iowa 52245
 (319) 338-1874
 jesse.singerman@mchsi.com




Keywords                                                     Audience
Consumer insights, market development, distribution,          • Business/entrepreneurs
business plans, business strategy, sustainability training    • Women
and education




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             Regional Food Systems Working Group (P)
Mission or Goal
RFSWG conducts research, supports education, and facilitates partnerships to increase investment and support of
community-based, economically sustainable, and environmentally and socially responsible regional
food enterprises. The group is part of the Iowa-based network of food and agricultural working groups called Value
Chain Partnerships
Type of Work                          Topical Category                        Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                   • Market development and access         Statewide
• Networking                           • Sustainability in the food system
• Learning community                   • Food health
                                       • Farm to school
                                       • Food-based community and eco-
                                         nomic development


Project Examples

The Regional Food Systems Working Group supports the following local food groups:

• Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Coalition
• Southwest Iowa Farm and Food Initiative (SWIFFI)
• Hometown Harvest of SE Iowa
• Northwest Iowa Regional Local Foods System
• Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership
• Marshall County (COMIDA)
• Each of these groups works on planning, assessment, farmer capacity building, education, feasibility, and
leadership issues on local and regional foods

Contact Information
Contact 1                                                 Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Rich Pirog                                               Beth Larabee
 209 Curtiss Hall-ISU                                     209 Curtiss Hall-ISU
 Ames, Iowa 50011                                         Ames, Iowa 50011
 (515)294-1854                                            (515) 294-8530
 (515) 294-9696 (fax)                                     (515) 294-9696 (fax)
 rspirog@iastate.edu                                      blarabee@iastate.edu
 www.leopold.iastate.edu                                  www.leopold.iastate.edu



Keywords                                                  Audience
Local foods, regional foods, community of practice,        • Diverse array of local food system stakeholders
learning community, networks




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                                    Seed Savers Exchange (O)
Mission or Goal
    Non-profit, member supported organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage, form-
    ing a living legacy that can be passed down through generations



Type of Work                             Topical Category                        Geographic Location
    • Storage and recording of various    • Seed diversity preservation           Based in Decorah, Iowa, Seeds from
      plant varieties                                                             across the nation




Project Examples

•    Lillian Goldman Visitors Center
•    Heritage farm
•    Preservation Gardens
•    Historic Orchard
•    Ancient White Park Cattle




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                    Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Seed Savers Exchange
 3094 North Winn Rd
 Decorah, Iowa 52101
 (563) 382-5990
 (563) 382-6511 (fax)
 www.seedsavers.org/




Keywords                                                     Audience
    Heirloom seeds, seed preservation, heritage farm,         • General community
    seed exchange, seed bank, endangered vegetables           • Farmers
                                                              • Consumers
                                                              • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers




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                                     Slow Food Iowa City (O)
Mission or Goal
    To create dramatic and lasting change in the food system. We reconnect Americans with the people, tradi-
    tions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. We seek to inspire a transformation in
    food policy, production practices and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure
    in the food we eat

Type of Work                              Topical Category                       Geographic Location
    • Outreach/Extension                   • Environment and natural resources    Eastern Iowa
    • Consumer Education                   • Sustainability in the food system
                                           • Food policy
                                           • Food-based community and eco-
                                             nomic development




Program Examples

•    Food Democracy Now
•    Back to Lunch campaign (food in schools)
•    U.S. Ark of Taste (safeguarding biodiversity in our food supply)
•    Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT) (preservation of heritage breeds and plants)
•    Slow Food on Campus
•    U.S. Youth Food Movement

Contact Information
Contact 1                                                    Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Kelcey Brackett                                             Rachel Horner Brackett
 202 Bridgeman Street                                        202 Bridgeman Street
 Muscatine, Iowa 52761                                       Muscatine, Iowa 52761
 (563) 571-2129                                              (563) 571-0019
 kelceybrackett@gmail.com                                    rachelhornerbrackett@gmail.com
 www.slowfoodiowa.org




Keywords                                                     Audience
    Good, clean and fair food (social, economic, and envi-    • General community
    ronmental impact of food production and consump-          • Community-based organizations
    tion); sustainable food production; consumer educa-       • Farmers
    tion; volunteer-based; school lunch program; heritage     • Consumers
    breeds (Ark of Taste, RAFT)                               • Youth



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               Small Meat Processors Working Group (P)

Mission or Goal
Help small Iowa meat processors expand, upgrade, or build new facilities. The group is part of the Iowa-based net-
work of food and agricultural working groups called Value Chain Partnerships



Type of Work                          Topical Category                        Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                   • Food and agricultural entrepre-       Statewide
• Business Development/Technical         neurship
  Assistance                           • Livestock production
                                       • Food-based community and eco-
                                         nomic development



Project Examples

• Aside from direct business assistance to meat processors, we have created the following publications with
links on our web site (www.valuechains.org/smpwg):
   1) Iowa Meat Processors Resource Guidebook: A Guide to Building, Upgrading or Expanding a Small Meat
Processing Facility in Iowa
   2) Iowa Poultry Slaughter, Processing, and Sales Guidelines for Small-scale Producers (ISU Extension PM
2068)
   3) Beef and Pork Whole Animal Buying Guide (ISU Extension PM 2076)
   4) Guide to Designing a Small Red Meat Plant with Two Sizes of Model Designs (ISU Extension PM 2077)


Contact Information
Contact 1                                                 Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Arion Thibournery                                        Brenda Martin
 Ph. D. candidate-ISU                                     Iowa Central Community College
 (515) 294-2882                                           One Triton Circle
 (415) 260-6890 (cell)                                    Applied Sciences & Technology, 118
 arion@iastate.edu                                        Fort Dodge, IA 50501
 http://www.valuechains.org/smpwg/                        (515) 574-1956
                                                          martin_b@iowacentral.com



Keywords                                                  Audience
Meat, meat processing, livestock                           • Business/entrepreneurs
                                                           • Planners/economic and community development staff
                                                           • State agency partners
                                                           • Economic development officials
                                                           • Regulatory agency officials



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                           Carol Richardson Smith,
                        Process Design and Training (C)
Mission or Goal
 Process design and training for food and food systems, familes, communities, and health




Type of Work                          Topical Category                        Geographic Location
• Processes for Business/Community     • Food and agricultural entrepre-       Statewide and Midwest
  Assessment and Planning                neurship
                                       • Food and health




Program Examples

• Iowa Department of Public Health: community mapping and planning for healthy local food and physical
activity in nine Iowa communities
• USDA State Outreach Council in Iowa “Women, Land, and Legacy” project, designer and leadership team
member for listening/research/local programming development for women landowners in Iowa
• Iowa Network for Community Agriculture, designer and development of “Growing Food and Profit” com-
munities of practice for farmers
• As member of board of Community Vitality Center at ISU: development of Iowa Microloan entity

Contact Information
Contact 1                                                 Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Carol R. Smith
 14157 Green Dr.
 Perry, Iowa 50220
 (515) 465-7971
 rjcrsmit@netins.net




Keywords                                                  Audience
 Process design, participatory process, community de-      • Diverse array of local food system stakeholders
 velopment, rural development, food preparation, food
 preservation and storage, food and health, food deci-
 sion making




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Southwest Iowa Food and Farm Initiative (SWIFFI) (O)
Mission or Goal
The Southwest Iowa Food and Farm initiative is a multi-county coalition of individuals and organizations that are
working to build a regional food system in Southwest Iowa. Our vision is to build a sustainable regional food system
linking production, distribution, and consumption for better health, food security, and community and economic
development
Type of Work                          Topical Category                        Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                   • Community food security               Southwest Iowa
                                       • Market development and access
                                       • Food-based community and eco-
                                         nomic development
                                       • Food distribution and aggregation
                                       • Regional food system leadership
                                         group



Program Examples

• Pottawattamie County Local Food Council
• Cass County Local Food Council
• Local Food Coordinator

(Relatively new organization which is still developing)



Contact Information
Contact 1                                                 Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Bahia Barry
 712 S Hwy St, PO Box 189
 Oakland, Iowa 51560
 (712) 482-3029
 (712) 482-5590 (fax)
 bahia.mar@rcdnet.net
 www.swiffi.org




Keywords                                                  Audience
Outreach, food system mapping, policy guidance,            • Diverse array of local food system stakeholders
support for developing county-based food councils in
southwest Iowa, regional food systems working group




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                            USDA Rural Development (O,F)
Mission or Goal
 To increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for all rural Americans




Type of Work                            Topical Category                       Geographic Location
• Grants                                 • Market development and access        All programs available nationwide.
• Financial Assistance/Loans             • Food and agricultural entrepre-
• Business Development/Technical           neurship
  Assistance                             • Sustainability in the food system
                                         • Food-based community and eco-
                                           nomic development
                                         • Food distribution and aggregation


Program Examples

• Value Added Producer Grants
• Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                  Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Shannon Chase
 210 Walnut St, Room 873
 Des Moines, Iowa 50309
 (515) 284-4665
 (515) 284-4859 (fax)
 shannon.chase@ia.usda.gov
 www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia




Keywords                                                   Audience
 Financial assistance, business assistance                  • Business/entrepreneurs
                                                            • General community
                                                            • Economic development officials
                                                            • Agriculture service providers
                                                            • Producers and processors



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                          Value Chain Partnerships (P,F)
Mission or Goal
Value Chain Partnerships is an Iowa-based network for food and agriculture working groups.  We work to deliver
social, environmental, and economic benefits to our clients and communities.  We do this by leveraging funding and
expertise to identify food and agriculture system challenges, foster learning and innovation, and implement solu-
tions

Type of Work                         Topical Category                        Geographic Location
• Outreach/Extension                  • Market development and access         Statewide
• Research                            • Food crop production
• Grants                              • Livestock production
• Business Development/Technical      • Food and health
  Assistance                          • Food-based community and eco-
                                        nomic development
Project Examples
• Pork Niche Market Working Group (initiated 2001)
  •     This working group is comprised of niche pork companies and supporting groups. Its aim is to create
  and maintain more competitive and viable operations for smaller-scale players in the pork sector.
• Regional Food Systems Working Group (initiated 2003)
  •     This working group is comprised of geographically-based practitioners and community leaders. Its
  aim is to increase the investment in and support for local and regional food businesses in Iowa.
• Small Meat Processors Working Group (initiated 2006)
  •     This working group is comprised of small meat processors, state agencies, and producer groups. Its
  aim is to improve the vitality of small-scale meat processing plants in Iowa.
• Fruit and Vegetable Working Group (initiated 2007)
  •     This working group is comprised of fruit and vegetable growers and buyers and their assistance pro-
  viders. Its aim is to build the production, handling, and marketing capacity of Iowa’s fruit and vegetable
  industries.
• Grass Based Livestock Working Group (initiated 2008 – a Leopold Center cross-initiative group)
Contact Information
Contact 1                                                Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Rich Pirog                                              Beth Larabee
 209 Curtiss Hall-ISU                                    209 Curtiss Hall-ISU
 Ames, Iowa 50011                                        Ames, Iowa 50011
 (515) 294-1854                                          (515) 294-8530
 (515) 294-9696 (fax)                                    (515) 294-9696 (fax)
 rspirog@iastate.edu                                     blarabee@iastate.edu
 www.valuechains.org                                     www.valuechains.org

Keywords                                                 Audience
Working groups, communities of practice, value chains,    • Diverse array of local food system stakeholders
food systems, netowrks




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                         The Wellmark Foundation (O,F)
Mission or Goal
To efficiently and effectively facilitate the continual improvement of health status within Iowa and South
Dakota communities by providing financial and technical assistance




Type of Work                         Topical Category                         Geographic Location
• Grants                              • Community food security                As defined by grant applicant, but
• Outreach/Extension                  • Food and health                        our geographic footprint is fund-
                                      • Food policy                            ing grant initiatives throughout the
                                      • Farm to school                         states of Iowa and South Dakota.
                                      • Children and families



Program Examples

• Current funding priorities of the Foundation focus on prevention within these two specific areas:
  1) childhood obesity prevention and
  2) community-based wellness and prevention
• Our Web site (www.wellmark.com/foundation) offers numerous examples of local projects supported and
areas of emphasis within these larger topics.




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                 Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Matt McGarvey
 636 Grand Ave, Sta 150
 Des Moines, Iowa 50306
 (515) 245-4819
 (515) 245-4925 (fax)
 mcgarveym@wellmark.com
 www.wellmark.com/foundation




Keywords                                                  Audience
Foundation, grants, childhood obesity prevention, well-    • Community-based organizations
ness and prevention, Iowa-based grant funder, commu-       • State agency partners
nity-based project support                                 • Youth educators
                                                           • Policy makers
                                                           • Public health/environmental advocates



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                                  Whiterock Conservancy (O)

Mission or Goal
    To conserve and protect Iowa’s natural resources, demonstrate sustainable rural land management, and
    engage the public with the environment through outdoor recreation and education




Type of Work                              Topical Category                         Geographic Location
• Grants                                   • Environment and natural resources      Primarily operating in the Middle
• Research                                 • Sustainability in the food system      Raccoon River watershed in west-
• Outreach/Extension                       • Farmland preservation                  central Iowa. Guthrie, Greene, Car-
                                                                                    roll, and Audubon counties




Program Examples

•    Rotational grazing transition project
•    Prairie restoration using grazing and row crops in the process
•    Sustainable trail system
•    Cover crops on row crops
•    Oak savanna restoration using mechanical removal and fire
•    Extensive prescribed burn program


Contact Information
Contact 1                                                      Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Tolif Hunt
 1390 Highway 141
 Coon Rapids, Iowa 50058
 (712) 684-2697
 (712) 684-2299
 tolif@whiterockconservancy.org
 www.whiterockconservancy.org


Keywords                                                       Audience
    Land trust, prairie restoration, oak savanna, rotational    • General community
    grazing, rural land management, conservation, outdoor       • Farmers
    recreation, multipurpose land use                           • Public health/environmental advocates
                                                                • Scientific community
                                                                • Rural landowners



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                        Women, Food and Agriculture Network (O)
Mission or Goal
 Our mission is to link and empower women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just, sustain-
 able, and that promote environmental integrity



Type of Work                          Topical Category                       Geographic Location
 • Outreach/Extension                  • Community food security              Network is national, programming
                                       • Supporting women in sustainable      is generally conducted in Iowa.
                                         agriculture                          Focus is statewide.
                                       • Food-based community and eco-
                                         nomic development
                                       • Food policy
                                       • Food and agricultural entrepre-
                                         neurship


Program Examples

• Informing women farmland owners about conservation practices and programs available to them for their
farmland
• Providing networking opportunities for women in farming and food systems development




Contact Information
Contact 1                                                Contact 2 (if applicable)
 Leigh Adcock
 PO Box 611
 Ames, Iowa 50010
 (515) 460-2477
 (512) 628-3841 (fax)
 leigh@wfan.org
 www.wfan.org




Keywords                                                  Audience
 Woman farmer, women in agriculture, woman land-           • Farmers
 owner                                                     • Minorities
                                                           • Women
                                                           • Rural landowners
                                                           • Fresh fruit and vegetable producers



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