About Choose Local:


Choose Local is a 7-part video and social media campaign led by Iowa Valley RC&D. The campaign includes seven short videos (3-5 minutes) that focus on the most common methods of accessing local food and specialty crops in Iowa. This marketing campaign will run February-August 2022, representing the time period from when consumers purchase annual CSA shares, to the height of farmers markets and on-farm events in Iowa. 


  • CSAs (February 8)
  • Local restaurants (March 15)
  • Farm stands (April 12)
  • Farmer’s Markets (May 10)
  • On-farm events (June 7)
  • Flower farms (July 19)
  • And the final, cumulative video (August 30)


This project was produced by Iowa Valley RC&D in partnership with Little Village Creative Services. This production was made possible by the Iowa Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service through Grant AM200100XXXXG044.

You can help Iowa Valley RC&D reach a wider audience across Iowa.


Please consider supporting the Choose Local campaign in the following ways:


  • Hosting the campaign videos on your own website, YouTube links here. Please credit Iowa Valley RC&D with usage.
  • Sharing the campaign videos on your own social media pages, find Iowa Valley RC&D’s Choose Local social media posts here. Please tag @iowavalleyrcd on Instagram and Facebook when sharing.
  • Share Choose Local campaign related infographics to your own social media, graphics found here. Please tag @iowavalleyrcd on Instagram and Facebook when sharing.
  • Tell others to subscribe to our monthly announcement when each video is released. Subscribe to our Choose Local monthly newsletter below.
  • or sharing the campaign videos with local press contacts for additional media coverage.


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Filming Locations:

Pheasant Run Farm near Van Horne, Iowa, Barnswallow Flowers in Oskaloosa, Iowa, HoQ Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa, Luna Valley Farm in Decorah, Iowa, Red Earth Gardens in the Meskwaki Nation, Clear Lake Farmers’ Market in Clear Lake, Iowa

Contact Us

Julia DeSpain
Email: julia@ivrcd.org
Phone: 319-622-3264