Project ID



Iowa State University Dining Services initiated the Farm to ISU program to increase purchases of local foods by 35 percent by 2012. This project sought to boost the awareness of ISU students about Farm to ISU and the importance of buying locally-produced foods.

Key Question

The project asked students: Are you aware of Farm to ISU and the benefit to Iowa by purchasing locally?


During that year as we saw a growth in the knowledge, mostly through table tents and posters in the dining halls. Every year we get 5-8,000 new students, so we will continue to do this, but have seen a decline in willingness to pay more for this benefit due to the value proposition of keeping their debt down.

Principal Investigator(s)

Nancy Levandowski


Darrin Vander Plas

Year of Grant Completion