NE Iowa Food & Farm Coalition

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Presentation given at the Midwest Value Added conference in Eau Claire, WI, January 2010.

Presentation given at the Midwest Value Added conference in Eau Claire, WI, January 2010.

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  • Thank you for the invitation to present at the Midwest Value Added Conference. This is an opportunity to share the story of the NE Iowa Food and Farm Coalition. The Northeast Iowa Food & Farm Coalition (NIFF) was the first pilot community selected by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Regional Food System Working Group (2006). We are on the ground floor to improve the policies, practices, and systems that determine how food arrives on our tables and how our communities can expand opportunities for physical activity for all.  We’d like to share with you a little of the background, our vision for NE Iowa and what’s on the horizon to make the vision a reality.

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  • 1. Investing in the future of Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard & Winneshiek Counties
  • 2. Photo of Karst Topography
  • 3. Map of tributaries and water resources
  • 4.
    • The Problem:
    • Producers observed a disconnect between downtown businesses and the ag community.
  • 5. “ Why don’t we grow our own food in the American Heartland?”
  • 6.  
  • 7. Why Local Food Fits
  • 8. Total Ag Sales = $685 million 63% of farm income is from livestock Source: 2002 Ag Census County Farms Acres in farming Average Farm Size Allamakee 1083 80% 301 Clayton 1601 87% 270 Fayette 1344 89% 309 Howard 891 89% 302 Winneshiek 1501 86% 253 State Avg 916 89% 350
  • 9.
    • Sold $1.3 M of food directly to consumers.
    • 2 nd Allamakee: $329,000
    • 7 th Winneshiek: $282,000
    • 29 apple orchards
    • 47 vegetable farms
    • Source: 2007 Ag Census
  • 10.
    • $3.5 million in organic sales
    • 10% of the certified organic farms in Iowa
    • 26% of the total organic sales for the state
    • State Ranking: Organic Sales
    • 1 st Winneshiek
    • 2 nd Allamakee
    • 6 th Howard
    • 8 th Clayton
    • Source: 2002 Ag Census
  • 11. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Dollars Spent on Food each Year Total Income = $1.29 Billion County Food at home (million $) Food away from home (million $) Total (million $) Allamakee 19 14 33 Clayton 24 19 43 Fayette 28 22 50 Howard 13 10 23 Winneshiek 25 19 44 Total 109 (56%) 84 (44%) 193
  • 12.
    • Currently in NE Iowa, less than 1% of food is locally purchased.
    • Shifting 25% of food spending to local sources would stimulate the local economy with 48 million dollars.
    • By purchasing 25% of fruits and vegetables locally, it would create 204 jobs and $10.8 million in labor income and $91 million in total economic activity in the region.
    Local food systems have local benefits
  • 13. The Impact
  • 14. 1. Creation of a learning community
  • 15. 2. Developed a strategic plan
  • 16.  
  • 17. 3. Facilitated institutional purchases of local foods
    • Local Food Breakfasts
    • Clarified policy of use of local foods
    • Farm to School
    • Local food directory and website
    • Producer workshops
  • 18. 4. Expanded the growing season
    • Plantpeddler
    • Greenhouse tours
    • Certified kitchen
    • Investigating storage and processing
  • 19. 5. Engaging schools
    • Comprehensive Farm to School
    • School gardens
    • Food service education
    • Teacher education
    • Cross-age teaching
    • Home Grown School Lunch Week
  • 20. 6. Increased commitment to buying local
    • Luther College – 35% by 2012
    • Sodexho discussions
    • Food safety education for producers
  • 21. 6. Increased commitment to buying local Table 1. Sales of locally grown foods by producers in August 2008- June 09. # Reports Local food sales Total sales 2007 1 52,620.00 52,620.00 2008 Previous 1 54,919.00 $67,719.00 New 2 12,800.00 2009 Previous 3 149,605.77 $638,600.46 New 10 488,944.69
  • 22. 6. Increased commitment to buying local Increased purchases by institutions from local producers in 2008-09. # Institutions Local food purchases Total purchases 2007 2 $94,021.00 $94,021.00 2008 Previous 3 $313,169.67 $320,669.67 New 3 $19,244.00 2009 Previous 3 $507,207.31 $544,659.53 New 12 $37,452.22
  • 23. 7. Leverage funding and expertise
    • Producer mini-grants
    • Funding from other organizations
    Year # Grants Mini-Grant Amt $ Leveraged 2009 12 3,262.50 49,792.00 2008 20 5,995.00 108,242.23 2007 14 2,940.00 134,723.60
  • 24.
    • POLICIES:
    • State fruit and vegetable policy for institutions
    • City Councils addressing sidewalk policies
    • Iowa Cattlemen's Association adopt new policy to support local markets
    Policy & System Change Will Drive Our Work
  • 25. www.iowafoodandfitness.org Investing in the future of Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard & Winneshiek Counties Working Together