The project determined the demand and value of locally grown foods for use in the institutional market, and attempted to quantify the supply available in southwest Iowa.
What is the level of interest in local foods by institutional food preparers in southwest Iowa, and are there enough local producers to meet the institutional demand?
Yes, there is "enough" interest to have a major impact in the target market as well as some overflow to surrounding county institutions. There appears to be enough produce/product to meet the demand of institutions for some items, but additional recruitment of growers and development of additional produce resources is needed.
Year of Grant Completion
Ladd, Alan and Adams, Steve, "Southwest Iowa institutional foods survey and producer training program" (2009). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 329.