STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Success Breeds Success


It's like a delicious cycle. Local growers increase production of fruits and vegetables, consumers appreciate the improved availability and ask for more; growers expand to meet increased demand. The Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative is driving such a cycle in their region by bringing together growers, community members and Iowa State Extension staff who work together to increase access to locally produced foods. The coalition from northeast Iowa was selected as the first pilot group by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture Regional Food System Working Group in 2006. The Working Group is a network of 16 autonomous groups covering the state of Iowa that support local food system efforts.