Imagine a food system with a vibrant ecosystem of farms, businesses, the natural environment, and thriving urban and rural communities.

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About Us

Founded in 1998, Iowa Valley RC&D’s influence is grounded in community, partnerships, and collaboration as we train and support farmers, build local food infrastructure, generate new innovative markets, improve access of locally grown foods, and model and communicate the positive impact of a future food system that nourishes people and place.

Our Team

Iowa Valley RC&D’s staff share a vision for a sustainable future. Our collective expertise allows us to approach problems from a variety of angles and think creatively about solutions. We do work in Eastern Iowa as well as statewide. We also complete strategic local work that we feel can serve as a catalyst for accelerated change. We are a small team that prides itself on our dedication to excellence and our culture of learning and adaptability.

Jason Grimm

Giselle Bruskewitz

Claire Zabel

Julia DeSpain

Lisa Stark

Kaci Ginn

Teresa Kurtz

Sophie Churchill

Marianna Cota

Dusty Sanor

Sarah Nelson