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Executive Director Change

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Dear Local Foods Connection Community, I am writing to inform you that Laura Dowd has decided to step down as the Executive Director of Local Foods Connection, and that the Board has appointed Melissa Dunham as LFC’s new Executive Director. Those of us on the Board of Directors feel awe and gratitude for everything Laura […]

Iowa City’s 10th Annual Community Supported Agriculture Fair

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Join Us for Iowa City’s Tenth Annual Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair! Saturday, March 1st 1 pm to 4 pm Free and Open to the Public Iowa City Marketplace (formerly the Sycamore Mall) 1660 Sycamore St Iowa City, Iowa 52240 Meet local farmers and learn how you can enjoy local fresh produce throughout Iowa’s growing […]

Author and Journalist Tracie McMillan to Visit Iowa City

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Author and Investigative Journalist Tracie McMillan will visit the UI Campus and Iowa City Community on Wed., October 16th, 2013. She will present and lead three events, two on the UI Campus during the morning and afternoon, and a public reading & discussion that evening at The Congregational Church (located across from the Pentacrest on […]

2013 Food Facts Sheets!

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One aspect of our education program is “Food Facts Sheets.” To help our clients become familiar with the food they are eating, we create informational pamphlets on topics such as: Vegetables and Fruits, Nutrition and Health, Farming and Sustainable Agriculture, and Cooking Techniques. Each pamphlet has a quiz that comes with it. The clients read […]

Another Local Foods Access Project in Our Community!

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We have a great story to share about Lynda –a former client of Local Foods Connection and now an employee at Peckham (http://www.peckham.org).  Peckham is a nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization which provides job training opportunities for persons with significant disabilities and other barriers to employment. They specialize in creating positive change in the lives of […]

Client Testimonials!

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Social service agencies can be enrolled in our program, as well as families and individuals! The Johnson County Women, Infants and Children office (WIC), the Iowa City Head Start at HACAP and the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank are three examples. These agencies provide the donated food to their clients by redistribution, offering educational […]

WANTED: Gardeners to Help Reduce Food Insecurity Across Iowa

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New program promotes healthier communities through food gardening, produce donation The Iowa Food Systems Council today announced the launch of Cultivate Iowa, an initiative promoting the benefits of food gardening and produce donation to create a sustainable future and healthier communities in Iowa. “This project aims to promote food security and improve the health of […]

Donate Your New Pi Dividend Check to Local Foods Connection!

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Choose Local Foods Connection! We are asking all our friends and supporters to choose Local Foods Connection if you donate your New Pioneer Co-op dividend check to a nonprofit!! Every year since 2005, the New Pioneer Co-op has offered its members to sign over their dividend checks to Local Foods Connection. Dividend checks are issued […]

Presentation for UI Global Health Club

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Laura Dowd, Founder and Executive Director of Local Foods Connection, gave a presentation for the University of Iowa Student Global Health Club. She discussed the ways in which our work relates to global health issues. The core of the presentation was an annotated bibliography she prepared about timely issues and good resources for studying them […]

CSA Story in Little Village Magazine!

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Thanks to Little Village Magazine and reporter Dawn Frary for the terrific cover story on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the new March issue! Dawn quotes several farmers in the article and provides a good summary of many of the issues involving CSAs. The beautiful cover photograph is an image of produce grown by Hue […]