Southeast Iowa Food Hub 2015 Celebration Fundraiser

There was some great footage captured of a great event. If you weren’t able to attend, he’s your chance to see what’s stirring right here in Southeast Iowa!

2014 Women Food & Ag Network Annual Conference

Women Doing Democracy:

Building Grassroots Coalitions to Grow Healthy Food and Farming in Your Community

November 14-15, 2014
Fairfield Arts and Convention Center
200 N. Main St., Fairfield IA

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Women, Food and Agriculture Network held our 2014 annual conference,Women Doing Democracy: Building Grassroots Coalitions to Grow Healthy Food and Farming in Your Community, Friday, November 14, and Saturday, November 15 in Fairfield, IA. More than 200 people attended, making it our largest annual conference yet!

Friday attendees enjoyed field tours, on-site intensives, local food meals, and a screening of Terra Firma followed by a panel discussion.

On Saturday, keynote speaker and New York City native Karen Washington of Black Urban Growers opened the day with a presentation about Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide. Then participants chose from concurrent session options on topics including air and water monitoring, coalition-building, livestock confinement activism, tenant-landlady relations, resources for female beginning farmers (including veterans), the new farm bill, food safety regulations, and more. Diane Rosenberg of Jefferson County Farmers and Neighbors, Fairfield, spoke over lunch on Relationships: A Cornerstone of Anti-CAFO Advocacy. More workshops followed in the afternoon, and the conference closed with a community discussion facilitated by WFAN executive director Bridget Holcomb.

Savor the Flavor Urban Farm Crawl

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Noon – 6:00 PM
FREE Admission

This year’s farm crawl takes on an “urban” flavor with stops at three producers in Fairfield, Iowa. The event is open to the public with no admission fee. It is an open house format so stop in the order that is most convenient for you.

Download the brochure (.pdf)

This year’s stops:

savor-flavor14-faithSustainable Research Institute (SRI) Demonstration Farm

Address: 801 18th Street, Fairfield

Contact: Faith Reeves, 678.233.7702,faithr@theskyfactory.com

This little farm has grand ambitions of growing the most nutrient dense food possible. Primary focus is placed on diversifying biological systems through composting, companion planting, and regenerating depleted soils. Faith Reeves is the current designer, developer, and manager of the SRI Demonstration Farm at Sky Factory. Faith notes that “The farm places an emphasis on sustainability, local food systems and food security.”

savor-flavor14-timCommunity Orchard

Address: East Chautauqua Park, west of Parkview Care Center (2237 Highway 34), Fairfield

Contact: Scott Timm, 515.291.2560,stimm@iastate.edu

Scott Timm is the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Fairfield. He works in partnership with ISU Extension and Outreach. Timm planted the Community Orchard with 500 volunteers on Earth Day in 2012. The Orchard serves as a shared learning center and food source for the Fairfield community. Come and see the future of our city! You can also tour the drip irrigation system in this unique orchard, and Scott might just let you help him with weeding if you ask.

savor-flavor14-grnhouseFarm to School Greenhouse

Address: 1000 W. Stone Street, Fairfield

Contact: Jan Swinton, 641.472.6177, jan@pathfindersrcd.org

The Farm to School Greenhouse Project is part of a USDA sponsored initiative aimed at bringing fresher, locally grown foods to school lunch menus all year. The greenhouse offers an educa-tional experience where students learn about sustainable horticulture & grow their food. The greenhouse, located in the backyard of the Schaus Vorhies Kleaning business, recycles heat from the company to grow food for the community. Jan Swinton has been the leader of this one-of –a-kind project. She is the local food coordinator at the Path-finders RC&D office in Fairfield. Stop by and see where we are actu-ally growing food for the public school lunch menus AND help plant the straw-berry beds.