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.
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?
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.
Carol Richardson Smith
Penny Brown Huber, Matt Russell
Year of Grant Completion
Smith, Carol Richardson; Huber, Penny Brown; and Russell, Matthew, "Naming and graphing entrepreneurial and community based agriculture linkages" (2007). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 278.