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Community Food Systems Conference

Community Food Systems Conference

By Andi Anderson

The Community Food Systems + Farm to School and Early Care Conference is happening on June 13-14 in Iowa City. This annual event focuses on local food, collaboration, and cross-sector partnerships. This year's theme, "Rooted in Community: Growing Partnerships for Sustainable Food Systems," aims to inspire and engage attendees through interactive learning experiences.

Hosted by the Community Food Systems Program and the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the conference invites food systems practitioners, K-12 school district staff, and early care and education providers to participate. The event is open to the public, and registration is available through May 31. For more details and to register, visit the conference webpage.

The conference begins on Thursday, June 13, at Johnson County Historic Poor Farm with a pre-conference day. Activities include Mary Swander's drama "Squatters on Red Earth," tours of the historic site, and Camp Creek Organic Produce. Lunch will be catered by Da Flava Unit food truck, and the day ends with a community dinner by Plated Table, featuring programming by the Iowa Food System Coalition and the presentation of the 2024 Golden Root Award.

A past attendee praised the event: "This conference builds an inclusive, educational atmosphere that brings together multiple stakeholders. Attendees leave inspired with new ideas and partnerships."

On Friday, June 14, the main conference day at the Graduate Iowa City hotel will feature a plenary session, "Cultivating Community: Investing in Farm and Food Businesses," highlighting local food business grant recipients. The lunch keynote by JayJay Goodvin of The Iowa Gallivant will share insights on local food and businesses. Throughout the day, attendees can choose from 18 breakout sessions on topics like food systems, early care education, and community engagement.

Don't miss this opportunity to join a dynamic event dedicated to fostering sustainable food systems and community collaboration. Register by May 31!

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