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Welcome to the weekly update of resources and information from the National Farm to School Network—Iowa.
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October is Farm to School Month


TOMORROW! Wednesday, Oct. 14 is Iowa Local Food Day! October is Farm to School Month, an annual campaign to recognize, appreciate and celebrate the connections happening across the country between kids, families and their community food systems. In Iowa we celebrate each year by holding an Iowa Local Food Day on the 2nd Wednesday of October. This year the official event will be celebrated on October 14, but sites can participate anytime in October. Sign up to participate today! Looking for local foods? Check out the Iowa Farm to School Producer Directory
 
Also TOMORROW: The National Farm to School Network is hosting a virtual Movement Meeting on Wednesday, Oct.14 from noon to 2 p.m. CT, featuring food justice activist Karen Washington, This virtual meeting will offer deep conversation and action-oriented reflection on racial justice in the farm to school movement and wider food system. You’ll connect with fellow farm to school and food justice advocates from across the country, dig into conversations about what it means to shift power, and help shape the next steps of progress toward our vision of a just food system for all. REGISTER HERE.
Iowa and National Resources

Eat Fresh Southeast Iowa
Regional network for local food producers and consumers, facilitated by ISU Extension and Outreach.

Eat Greater Des Moines

Central Iowa-based non-profit organization that facilitates and builds connections to strengthen the area's food system.

Flavors of Northwest Iowa
Regional network for local food producers and consumers, facilitated by ISU Extension and Outreach.


Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
Iowa AEYC strives to encourage advocacy, build leadership, and promote professionalism. Find out how Iowa AEYC can help you as an early childhood professional! 

Iowa Farm to School Network
Find resources to support your farm to school efforts on the website of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program.


Iowa Local Food Day
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship initiated Iowa Local Food Day in 2018 to bring together all sectors of farm to school to celebrate Iowa-grown food.


Iowa Nutrition Network
Coordinated by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the network provides opportunities to meet in person with other leaders in the field. Participants also benefit from email announcements and information sharing Contact Suzy Wilson at suzy.wilson@idph.iowa.gov to join the email list.


Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative
WK Kellogg-supported regional health and wellness project in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties.


Regional Food System Working Group (RFSWG)
The RFSWG network works to maximize the potential for community-based, economically sustainable, and environmentally and socially responsible food enterprises by supporting education, conducting research and facilitating partnerships.

National Farm to School Network

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The Dirt
Weekly e-letter of the USDA's Community Food Systems program.

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This newsletter is adapted from the weekly newsletter of the National Farm to School Network,
This Week. It is published and distributed to this list with permission of NFSN.


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