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1st Annual Johnson County Local Food Summit

February 7, 2007

 Join us on Wednesday, February 7th at the Iowa City Public Library, Room A for the 1st Annual Johnson County Local Food Summit.  This event seeks to harness our community resources to foster sustainable food systems for our area. 

First, we will welcome you and report on the JCLFA 2006 activities, including a brief summary of what we’ve done.  Then, we’ll give you a glimpse of what we have planned for 2007. 

Next, settle in for an informative, sobering and yet hopeful presentation on the regional food and farm economy by Ken Meter, author of the ground-shaking research piece, Finding Food in Farm Country.  See how the numbers aren’t adding up for agriculture in our region and what these trends portend for the future. MORE DETAILS BELOW.   

Then, engage with local decision makers, businesses, farmers and concerned citizens who seek to build strong, healthy food communities.  These follow up sessions will help us assess and harness our collective resources as we begin creating a roadmap toward a better food future.  This summit is free and open to all. 

Click here to view Summit flier.




Agricultural economist and community development expert Ken Meter will tour Eastern Iowa February 6th-9th to present his Finding Food in Farm Country analysis for our region.  He will be presenting to Johnson County during the Johnson County Local Food Summit.  Click here to view all presentation dates and times for our region.

 Find out:  

* Why farmers in our region are losing millions of dollars each year

* Why most of our region’s food dollars are spent elsewhere

* How healthy local and regional food systems build healthy economies

* What we can do right now to build a better  future:   *Local Food  *Agri-tourism  *Bio-energy

Ken Meter holds 36 years of experience in community capacity building as a researcher, journalist, educator, and administrator.  He taught microeconomics at Harvard University and agricultural economics at the University of Minnesota.  Ken was invited to present his pioneering "Finding Food in Farm Country" study to the Senate Agriculture Committee.  This work has sparked local development in rural and urban locales in Iowa and across the U.S.

Brought to you by the Iowa Valley RC&D (Resource Conservation and Development) and the Johnson County Local Food Alliance, with support from the Northwest Area Foundation.



2:30 Welcome and 2006 JCLFA Report        

3:00 Keynote, Ken Meter

4:15 Break

4:25 Small Group Discussion

5:00 Large Group Discussion

6:00 Close

6:30 Dinner with Ken*

*Dinner will be held at Restaurant One-Twenty-Six in Iowa City.  Participants pay own expenses..  If you plan to join the dinner, please RSVP by January 31 to: info@onetwentysix.net, or call: 319-887-1909. Party code:  "Dinner with Ken Meter."



Field to Family 2006

The Johnson County Local Food Alliance proudly presents the 5th Annual Field to Family.  We invite you to CELEBRATE with us  September 21-24th as we celebrate local food and culinary excellence. Join us at the Culinary Walk, a showcase of local foods served up by top Iowa City restaurants. Savor truly sensational hors’d’oeuvres as you follow your map from one delicious stop to the next. Attend the Farmers Market Cooking Demonstration and join your community for food and frolic at the Community Harvest Potlucks held at various area farms. The potlucks are enjoyed by all and include live music, livestock and livewires J.  We're sure that you'll enjoy the festivities.  Check out our Schedule of Events below, and check back for new announcements.

Schedule of Events


Culinary Walk

A showcase of local foods served up by top Iowa City restaurants.  Savor truly sensational hors’ d’oeuvres as you follow your map from one delicious stop to the next.  This year’s walk will feature Atlas World Grill, Devotay, Motley Cow, New Pioneer Co-op, Red Avocado, Tait's Natural Foods and Urb Garden & Catering.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to sample exceptional local fare.  Proceeds from the Culinary Walk benefit the Johnson County Local Food Alliance so you can eat good and feel good. 

When: Thursday, September 21 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Iowa City.  Starting point for walk and a map will be  provided with ticket purchase.

Ticket info:  Tickets are only $25.00 and will be sold at New Pioneer Co-op in Iowa City and Coralville



Sass Family Farms Fall Frolic and Harvest Potluck

Bring the kids to this one and rest assured that there will be no groans of boredom for at least a few hours.  They’ll be too busy getting lost in the straw maze, bouncing around on the hayrack, falling in love with the llamas and screeching in the haunted barn.  And the more mature attendees will also enjoy visiting the produce stand, touring the gardens and shopping for treasures in the country store.  Then eat your fill at the potluck and chat with friends and family around the bonfire.  Bring a dish to share (electrical outlets are accessible) and maybe a recipe card to swap.  This is a sure-to-please do-not-miss!

When:  Friday, September 22 from 5:00-9:00p.m.

Where:  Sass Family Farm, Riverside

Good driving directions available at: http://www.sassfamilyfarm.com/farm_site_007.htm




New Pioneer Farmers Market Cooking Demonstration

New Pioneer presents the Field to Family 06 Farmers Market Local Food Demonstration With Tim Palmer.  Join Salsa King and local food vendor Tim Palmer of Clover Hill Creations as he whips up quick and fabulous dishes using food fresh from the farmers’ market. Tim will demonstrate the preparation of Salsa Fresca, Grilled Romaine with Smoky Bacon and Feta Dressing, Watermelon, Cantaloupe and Honeydew Salsa and Maytag Mediterranean Grilled Bread. New Pioneer shows our love of local foods by hosting this event and supplying all the extra ingredients. Come see how to set an elegant table with local foods! Free samples will be served. 

When:  Saturday, September 23 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Where:  Chauncey Swan Plaza, corner of Gilbert and Washington, Downtown Iowa City




ZJ Farm Harvest Potluck and Barn Dance

This event keeps the promise of good people, good food and good fun!  Enjoy an enlightening walk through the vegetable patch, scratch the goats behind the ears and feast your senses on the subtle beauty of prairie fields.  Then fill up on tasty, made-with-love chow, cooked up and served by your soon-to-be good friends and fellow community members.  No luck needed for this potluck.  You’re guaranteed to eat well.  At 6:30, don your dancing shoes and swing your partner to a bluegrass beat as the Mayflies band puts a tickle in your toes.  This event has all the components necessary to ensure a great time.  Don’t miss out! Potluck begins at 5:00. Please bring a main dish as well as a beverage or dessert and place settings.  

When:  Saturday, September 23

2:00 p.m. Farm Tours begin

5:00 p.m. Potluck Begins

6:30 p.m. Square Dancing with caller and lively band        

Where:  ZJ Farm, Solon

Good driving directions available at: http://www.zjfarms.com/html/directions.html




Scattergood Open House and Harvest Potluck

 Scattergood Friends School, in West Branch is inviting you to an open house and harvest potluck that will satisfy your curiosities about alternative educational models and your appetite for savory local fare.  You will be able to tour the school, where truly ground-breaking education nests within an active agricultural community.  Learn more about the Scattergood way by viewing student projects and chatting with teachers and students. Then enjoy a pleasant walk around the farm grounds as you tour the pastures, crop and livestock systems and the restored prairie fields.  Teachers and students will be on hand all along the way, to fill you in on what they’ve been up to.  Scattergood Farm's three main goals are to provide the school with healthy food; to create a living laboratory for hands-on learning; and to connect the Scattergood community with nearby friends and fellow community members.  Potluck feasting begins at 12:00 with tours following the meal.  Please bring a dish to share.

When:  Sunday, September 24 from 12-4p.m.

Where:  Scattergood Friends School, West Branch

Good driving directions available at: http://www.scattergood.org/news_events/directions.shtml#



Thank you to our Field to Family sponsors:


New Pioneer Co-op (lead sponsor)

The Iowa City Press Citizen

Iowa State Bank and Trust

The Golden Haug