Project ID

2004-M04

Abstract

The project sought to document food- and community-related information available in southwest Iowa counties and to connect various sectors that might work together to add value to local foods and increase food commerce.

Key Question

Can a clear description of current and possible food system linkages in a local area help farmers and other community stakeholders involved in local food systems development add value to that system?

Findings

Construction of a descriptive "map" provides a valuable systemic view that helps local people to focus on linkages, resources, and opportunities to find leverage and create alternatives for adding value, not just in their own sector but all along the food flow.

Principal Investigator(s)

Carol Richardson Smith

Co-Investigator(s)

Penny Brown Huber, Matt Russell

Year of Grant Completion

2007

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