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JCLFA is proud to announce our two major programs for this year, Field to Family and the Buy Fresh Buy Local Campaign.  Both programs help us carry out our mission of fostering a sustainable food system by capturing the attention and enthusiasm of the community.  Read more below!

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 by clicking below and check back for new announcements.

Schedule of Events


Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL) is a collaborative national campaign with the purpose of strengthening local food systems that in turn promote healthy local economies, communities and landscapes. It has been developed by Food Routes Network and Practical Farmers of Iowa. The purpose of the program is:  

To increase market access, sales volume, net income and long-term stability of direct marketing farmers

To raise awareness among Iowans of our local treasures; farmers markets, family farms and orchards, local meat lockers, restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses that serve or sell locally grown farm products

To stimulate the social and economic vitality of Iowa through strengthening the viability of independent farmers and businesses

The Johnson County Local Food Alliance (JCLFA) is very enthusiastic about bringing the BFBL campaign to Johnson County this year.  It is a great way to increase awareness in our community about the benefits of local, sustainably grown food. 

 To download a copy of the Buy Fresh, Buy Local directory of local farmers and the businesses that support them, click the logo below.