Project ID

M2015-09

Abstract

Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership partnered with EMBARC (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center) and AmeriCorps VISTA to create and implement an eight week, Community Producers Workshop (CPW) targeted at new comer Immigrant women in Waterloo. The workshop built on the production skills of the participants in order to connect them with available markets and institutional buyers in the area. Opportunities for networking for producers and local food buyers were also held and feedback from attendees will be used to help guide future opportunities that offer more individual presentations and one-on-one conversations.

Key Question

Will providing a series of comprehensive workshops and experiences build the capacity of a core number of producers capable and willing to supply institutions with locally grown foods?

Findings

Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership (NIFFP) has focused on Burmese refugees and networking for local food producers and local food buyers in Region 9. In 2017 a workshop was held for school foodservice staff, producers, and community partners and a workshop was held for restaurant staff. Through surveys and discussions, NIFFP has discovered that bringing local food buyers and local food producers together in one room at one time is a very effective educational tool for both groups. NIFFP will continue to expand on these areas in the upcoming year increasing our reach to more local food producers and local food buyers. The overall outcome for the entire grant has been thirty-four local food producers, forty-two local food buyers, and twenty-two immigrant women have been reached through educational networking opportunities. In addition another seventy-one people interested in local foods attended workshops to increase their knowledge and skills to expand markets for local producers.

Principal Investigator(s)

Jodie Heugerich

Year of Grant Completion

2017

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