Ne Iowa FFI Overview Driftless

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Presentation given at the Driftless Regional Food Summit on March 23, 2010.

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Ne Iowa FFI Overview Driftless

  1. 1. Investing in the future of Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard & Winneshiek Counties
  2. 2. Photo of Karst Topography
  3. 3. Map of tributaries and water resources
  4. 4. <ul><li>The Problem: </li></ul><ul><li>Producers observed a disconnect between downtown businesses and the ag community. </li></ul>
  5. 5. “ Why don’t we grow our own food in the American Heartland?”
  6. 7. Why Local Food Fits
  7. 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
  8. 9. <ul><li>Sold $1.3 M of food directly to consumers. </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd Allamakee: $329,000 </li></ul><ul><li>7 th Winneshiek: $282,000 </li></ul><ul><li>29 apple orchards </li></ul><ul><li>47 vegetable farms </li></ul><ul><li>Source: 2007 Ag Census </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>$3.5 million in organic sales </li></ul><ul><li>10% of the certified organic farms in Iowa </li></ul><ul><li>26% of the total organic sales for the state </li></ul><ul><li>State Ranking: Organic Sales </li></ul><ul><li>1 st Winneshiek </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd Allamakee </li></ul><ul><li>6 th Howard </li></ul><ul><li>8 th Clayton </li></ul><ul><li>Source: 2002 Ag Census </li></ul>
  10. 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
  11. 12. <ul><li>Currently in NE Iowa, less than 1% of food is locally purchased. </li></ul><ul><li>Shifting 25% of food spending to local sources would stimulate the local economy with 48 million dollars. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>Local food systems have local benefits
  12. 13. The Impact
  13. 14. 1. Creation of a learning community
  14. 15. 1. Creation of a learning community <ul><li>Geographic Based </li></ul><ul><li>Function based (diversify) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help producers diversify </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore regional processing, storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase consumption </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FFI brings broader focus </li></ul>
  15. 16. 1. Creation of a learning community <ul><li>Organization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 100 members on listserve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly meetings in Decorah </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Member, partner driven </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinated by ISU Extension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional assistance from grant staff, partners, Americorp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current grants: FFI, Leopold Center, IDALS, Community Vitality Center </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. 2. Developed a strategic plan
  17. 19. 3. Facilitated institutional purchases of local foods <ul><li>Local Food Breakfasts </li></ul><ul><li>Clarified policy of use of local foods </li></ul><ul><li>Farm to School </li></ul><ul><li>Local food directory and website </li></ul><ul><li>Producer workshops </li></ul>
  18. 20. 4. Expanded the growing season <ul><li>Plantpeddler </li></ul><ul><li>Greenhouse tours </li></ul><ul><li>Certified kitchen </li></ul><ul><li>Investigating storage and processing </li></ul>
  19. 21. 5. Engaging schools <ul><li>Comprehensive Farm to School </li></ul><ul><li>School gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Food service education </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher education </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-age teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Home Grown School Lunch Week </li></ul>
  20. 22. 6. Increased commitment to buying local <ul><li>Luther College – 35% by 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Sodexho discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Food safety education for producers </li></ul>
  21. 23. 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. 24. 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. 25. 7. Leverage funding and expertise <ul><li>Producer mini-grants </li></ul>Year # Grants Mini-Grant Amt $ Leveraged 2010 ? $12,000.00 ? 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. 26. 7. Leverage funding and expertise <ul><li>Leopold Center & partners </li></ul><ul><li>WK Kellogg Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Iowa Department of Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Community Vitality Center </li></ul><ul><li>Iowa Farm Bureau </li></ul><ul><li>Iowa Women in Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>NE IA Business Network </li></ul>Since 2006: $65,190 $500,000 Mini Grant match Total = $969,583 (Oct 2009)
  25. 27. <ul><li>POLICIES: </li></ul><ul><li>State fruit and vegetable policy for institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Iowa Cattlemen's Association adopt new policy to support local markets </li></ul><ul><li>Working with schools on procurement of local foods </li></ul>Policy & System Change Will Drive Our Work
  26. 28. Scaling Up: Meeting the Demand for Local Food <ul><li>Product quality and consistency </li></ul><ul><li>Seasonality </li></ul><ul><li>Matching supply and demand </li></ul><ul><li>Food origins and product differentiation </li></ul><ul><li>Supply chain infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Capital </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity Development </li></ul><ul><li>Information flow and transparency </li></ul>
  27. 29. www.iowafoodandfitness.org Investing in the future of Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard & Winneshiek Counties Working Together

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