Project ID



With increasing enthusiasm for local food in western Iowa, there is interest in production, purchasing and processing of items grown in the region. This study examined the capacity, skills, and demands for local food in this area.

Key Question

Does Western Iowa have the capacity to support a local food system?


Capacity needs to be viewed not only in terms of actual food production, but also consumer demand. Considering a viable processing center will require a $1.2 million to get started, Iowa farmers will need skills to work collaboratively to effectively connect the local food with the consumer. Currently, the farmer lacks these skills or is not willing to cooperate with programs which increase these skills.

Principal Investigator(s)

Patrick Garrity

Year of Grant Completion