A food system includes production, processing, distribution, consumption, and waste management. Much like a watershed, it exists whether or not people are aware of it and it doesn’t fit into neat political districts. Our team works to help the social, environmental, and economic features of our food systems to be more equitable, more local, and more sustainable.
Grow: Johnson County
Grow: Johnson County is a hunger-relief and educational farm program based out of Iowa City, IA, designed to improve healthy food access for our area’s most vulnerable residents as well as equip aspiring growers with land-based food production experience. The program utilizes four acres of county-owned land to grow and donate an array of fruits and vegetables highest in demand at local hunger-relief agencies and provide an array of hands-on food production opportunities for community members of all ages and abilities. In 2017, its second growing season, Grow produced 28,500 pounds of food that was freely distributed to 13 local agencies. In 2018, Grow plans to grow and distribute over 40,000 pounds of food to 15 local agencies as well as provide gardening outreach to 2,000 individuals. LEARN MORE
Local Food Procurement for Area Schools
This program provides one-on-one assistance to area schools. It includes procurement facilitation between farmers and schools, recipe development, delivery logistics, and student engagement events. We manage the statewide Farm to School Toolkit resource for K-12 schools who are committed to sourcing food locally.