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Growing in the Garden: Local Foods and Healthy Living Curriculum
Growing in the Garden: Local Foods and Healthy Living is designed for youth gardening programs, community neighborhood gardens, farm to school programs, Ag in the Classroom and Master Gardening projects for grades 4-12. The curriculum is very adaptable to other ages as well.

The seven units address questions such as:
  • Why do people garden?
  • How do you plan, plant, maintain and harvest a garden?
  • How do you store and prepare garden produce?
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Buying Local Foods for Retail Foodservices
Retail foodservice establishments who want to buy and serve food items from local producers will benefit from reviewing this summary of regulations and guidelines.
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Local Food Organizational Toolkit - Part 3: Funding your local food organization
Part Three of this toolkit series lays out methods of funding a local foods organization. A variety of revenue sources are outlined, each depending on the legal structure of your organization. Discussed in this publication: in-kind gifts, membership campaigns and fees, merchandise sales, events, sponsorships, crowdfunding, grants, investors and loans. Information on organizations that are tax deductible is included. Budgets and fundraising are emphasized. Resources and practical helps in this publication will help take your idea from concept to reality.
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Local Food Organizational Toolkit - Part 1: Defining your organization’s focus and leadership
Individuals and groups rising up to meet the demand for local foods can gain practical help and insight for setting up their own local foods group, or gain ideas to improve the operation of their current organization. Starting off in the right direction by defining your organization, identifying core values, a mission and strategic plans is the first step in this series. Finding champions and developing a coalition of others who are a natural fit to support your efforts is outlined, along with helpful ideas for organizing managers and employees. Resources and practical helps in this publication will help take your idea from concept to reality.
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Local Food Connections -- Foodservice Considerations
Details on how a foodservice operation can start purchasing local foods.
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Local Food Connections -- Restaurants' Return on Purchasing Locally Sourced Foods
What's a restaurant's return on using local foods? Learn about trial results that show people are willing to pay more for locally sourced foods when offered at restaurants.
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Local Food Connections -- Economic Impact of Use in Restaurants
Results presented of a recent exploratory study of restaurants' use of local foods. Designed to help producers understand their potential markets.
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Local Food Coordinators
Local Food Coordinators support the development of local food systems by bringing participants together and increasing community awareness through educational and promotional marketing. This publication provides resources to groups and organizations who are developing a local foods coordinator position, complete with a position description.
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Tools to Evaluate Your Coalition
Building strong coalitions and partnerships are essential to the success of an organization. A series of four publications by the Iowa State Extension and Outreach Local Foods team introduces the importance of coalitions and how evaluating those partnerships can be helpful. The series looks at how to develop coalitions, what to do when coalitions have been established and how to evaluate a mature coalition.

Each publication includes questions to ask to evaluate the health of the partnership at each stage of the relationship.
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PDF-Established Coaltion
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Local Food Coordinators Survey and Learning Circle Reports
In Iowa, more than 20 regional entities employ individuals as local food coordinators who promote the sale and purchase of locally grown food, provide regional capacity-building in local food systems and help build local food value chains. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has begun a project to better understand the needs and challenges of local food coordinators, and to develop a program to better support both the coordinators and their supervisors. This report summarizes the project findings and outlines future plans for supporting local food coordinators across Iowa.
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MyPlate Lunch Bag Ideas
Find great menu ideas to pack your child's lunch bag with MyPlate healthy foods. You'll find kid-friendly foods for fruits, veggies, protein, grains, and dairy. Also, find preparation and packing tips to keep foods at a safe temperature.
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Using Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Crops and Livestock in the Local Food System
The local food system is one of the fastest-growing markets in agriculture. Learn more about using organic agriculture and sustainable crops and livestock in local food systems.
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Local Food Connections -- From Farms to Restaurants
Learn how connecting restaurant managers and chefs with local growers and producers can benefit both parties.
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The Local Planning Commission: Roles and Responsibilities -- Land Use Series
Not all Iowa communities take advantage of their latent planning powers. Learn how the land-use planning process can provide orderly development.
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New Leadership Challenges for Local Government
Mid-sized cities and small towns are experiencing the fast pace and changes brought by new technologies and globalization. Find out how local government can respond.
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Foods for Iowa 4-H Fairs - Quick Reference Guide
Plan ahead for a successful fair experience. Use these guidelines to help select an acceptable product for exhibit, find an approved recipe source, and identify the appropriate preparation method.

This replaces 4H 3023 - Inappropriate Food Exhibits For Iowa 4-H Fairs.
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Checklist for Retail Purchasing of Local Produce
Provides a list of specific questions for retail foodservice buyers to ask growers of fresh produce.
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Local Food Connections -- Contracting with Foodservices
Using an online calculator can help producers decide whether contracting with foodservice operators is a financially sound solution.
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The Bioeconomy in Iowa: Local Conversations
Report of citizen discussion groups held in spring 2007 in 96 Iowa counties regarding hopes and concerns about the bioeconomy. More than 950 participated in these Extension-facilitated meetings.
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What Producers Should Know About Selling to Local Foodservice Markets
Farmers who want to sell their fresh produce will benefit from this checklist. It defines action steps to help protect their product, details to discuss with potential buyers, and suggestions for promoting their farm.
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What Retail Foodservices Should Know When Purchasing Local Produce Directly from Farmers
Buying fruits and vegetables from local growers assures fresh product and helps the local economy. This publication provides insights needed to ensure the safety of food served, offers three action steps, and lists many additional resources.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: The Role of Farm Families in Local Community Philanthropy
This publication provides a summary of Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll research results on the role of farm families in local community philanthropy.
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Supporting Local Food System Development in Your Community
Supporting Local Food System Development in Your Community provides local government officials, community activists, and others with seven steps to help organize and promote the development of a local food system in your community.
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Determining Factors for Local Food Systems Success
Determining Factors for Local Food System Success analyzes the characteristics of factors that enable and hinder local food systems development within communities. Based on in-depth case studies of six of the most successful local food systems in the US, researchers present proven tactics for success in each of seven factors, or "community capitals." By using this guidebook, local food systems developers can identify resources and mitigate challenges in their own communities.
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Local Food Organizational Toolkit - Part 2: Organizational structure
Part Two of this toolkit series raises key questions to consider while forming your business or organization. Descriptions of nonprofit, for-profit and cooperative models will help you determine which legal structure is most suitable for your organization. A checklist for forming a new business or organization in Iowa is included. Resources and practical helps in this publication will help take your idea from concept to reality.
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Dare to Excel newsletter - November
Help your child get the nutrition needed to stay focused in school, perform better, and get along better with others. Includes tips to encourage kids to try new foods, eat a better breakfast, and eat healthy snacks.
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