Local Foods Connection Blog

Local foods, hunger relief, sustainable agriculture

New Site, New Blog! August 4, 2009

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You may have noticed that the postings have dropped off in recent weeks on our wordpress blog. That’s because we have a newly redesigned web site that features our new and improved Local Foods Connection blog:


We’ve moved all of our blog archives over to the new site, so you’ll be able to search older entries from there. All of our future posts will be made to the new blog.  Please be sure to bookmark:


and to visit often. Thanks for following us on wordpress and we hope you’ll follow us on over to:



Farm Work Day and Cards for Sale! June 18, 2009

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Sunday, June 21 United Way Day of Action – Farm Work Day

From coast to coast on June 21, the longest day of the year, United Ways across the country will participate in a nationwide ‘Day of Action’ as a call-to-action for individuals to ‘Live United’ – to give, advocate and volunteer on issues relating to education, income or health.

Local Foods Connection is participating by hosting a Farm Work Day on Sunday, June 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m at ZJ Farm in Solon, Iowa. We will meet up at the farm at 1:30 p.m. and finish work around 4:00 p.m.

You will be doing farm work on a small, local farm that practices sustainable agriculture. In exchange for your volunteer labor, the farmer will give LFC credit towards food purchases.

No farm experience is required! The farmers will teach you what to do.

To Sign Up

Email or call us to register. LFC office: (319) 338-2010.

Give us your phone number and an email address that you check frequently. If the weather is very bad, the farmer might cancel, and we will need to call you.

Getting to the Farm

A limited number of carpooling rides are available. Let us know right away if you need a ride.

If you have a car, please let us know if you can offer rides to other people.

Preparation for Farm Work

Dress in layers. It might be colder or hotter on a farm than in town. The wind is stronger in some rural areas than in town. You might be working in a greenhouse or a barn and need to take off layers.

Bring a hat. Bring suntan lotion.

Be prepared to get dirty! Bring old towels, garbage bags or similar item to cover your car seats and floors to protect them from mud. You might want to bring a change of shoes, so dirty shoe souls don’t mess up your floors and pedals. You can even bring a change of clothes.

Bring a bottle of water.

Farmers will provide necessary tools for working.

Please show up for the farm work day for which you’ve enrolled! The farmers will prepare for group projects, and if volunteers don’t show up, they will have lost valuable time.

Laura Dowd Photograph Notecards For Sale

Laura Dowd has created notecards from photographs she has taken of scenes on our partner farms and of flowers in the Local Foods Connection office garden. A portion of the profits from the sale of the cards goes to Local Foods Connection. You can find the cards for sale at the Bread Garden (on the ped mall in Iowa City), at the Haunted Bookshop (on the corner of Linn and Market Streets) and at the Cedar Rapids Airport. Local Foods Connection will also be selling the cards to people who visit the office and at fairs, once we have obtained our permit from the state to charge sales tax (in about a month). The cards sell for approx. $3 each  and $8.00 for a 3 pack.


The season is underway! May 26, 2009

Hi everybody – It’s Caroline here.  My apologies for the two weeks since posting last.  Now that warm weather is here and the CSA season is gearing up, it’s been busy to say the least.

I know that Laura has been overworked and underhelped in the LFC office.  And still, she’s done an amazing job setting up our latest LFC season – matching 40-some local families with CSA shares from Scattergood, Local Harvest, Oak Hill Acres, and more of our friends.  Wow!

In other news, the Iowa City Farmers Market is underway.  I stopped by the market on Wednesday night to pick up my first share from Local Harvest and was delighted to see the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp loaded with shoppers.  I was also delighted to tear into the lettuce and bok choy in our CSA share.  One huge stir fry and one huge salad later, we’ve pretty much eaten through our first week’s share.  It was divine!

We stopped at Saturday’s market to pick up a Miller’s peach pie and an Iowa City Farmers Market t-shirt and the market was just as busy.  Considering dropping by the t-shirt booth to support the Friends of the Farmers Market.  Even better, consider donating your time to this growing group.  Email the group here if you’re willing to donate some time.  Read more about volunteer opportunities here.

If you’re a supporter of local foods, please remember that groups like Local Foods Connection and Friends of the Farmers Market don’t happen without your support.  Consider donating some of your time and energy to strengthen our local food system.  You won’t regret it!

Happy eating,


Clear Creek Women Landowners Meeting May 11, 2009

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Clear Creek Women Landowners Meeting and Field Day

Women landowners in the Clear Creek watershed (stretching from Conroy to Coralville) are invited to the Clear Creek Women Landowners Meeting and Field Day on Thursday, May 28 from 2pm-6pm beginning at the Tiffin Fire Station meeting room (221 Main St., Tiffin, IA). Women will gather with conservation staff, listen to a presentation by Abbe Hills farmer Laura Krouse, and tour local farms to view conservation practices in action.

This event, sponsored by the Clear Creek Watershed Enhancement Project, is free and open to the public. Bring yourself, your conservation questions, and some outdoor footwear, and we will provide the rest.

If you’re interested in attending the meeting or in conservation more generally, please consider completing our very brief pre-meeting survey available at:


Hope to see you there!



Art & Ecology Exhibition May 13th May 4, 2009

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Our friend Sarah Kanouse has forwarded the following information about her Art & Ecology students’ final exhibition.  If you’re in or near Iowa City, be sure to head over to the University of Iowa’s I-Gallery to catch the work of these talented students.  Sarah’s message follows:


“Art Likes Ecology & Ecology Likes Art,” an end of semester exhibition
Closing Reception on Wednesday, May 13 from 4:00 until 6:30 p.m.
I-Gallery, Communications Center, 2nd Floor, 116 S. Madison St.
Exhibition will be on view May 8-13

“Art Likes Ecology & Ecology Likes Art” features a number of artworks engaging environmental themes, including floating gardens, a video game exploration of military ecology, an audio essay on place, and handmade books that investigate recycling and production streams. The show is the culmination of semester-long research by students in Art & Ecology, a seminar course offered in the Intermedia Department that explores artistic responses to the environment and related social issues. The show will be on view May 8-14 in the I-Gallery on the 2nd floor of the Communications Center, with a closing reception on May 13 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Special events plans for the closing reception include a swap of plant starts and seeds. Guests are encouraged to bring extra garden seeds and seedlings to exchange with others, though you do not need to have brought anything to leave with seeds or plants. The show will also feature the distribution of seed bombs, which are balls of clay, compost, and seeds that are allowed to dry and are then used by guerilla gardeners to brighten neglected in areas in need of some green. Refreshments will be served.

Art & Ecology is a collaborative research team composed of Courtney Cable, Sarah Kanouse, Nathan Morton, Benjamin Skolnik, and Nicole Pietrantoni. These graduate and undergraduate students and their faculty facilitator hail from Intermedia, Sculpture, Printmaking, and English.

This event is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Intermedia Program of the School of Art and Art History. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the School of Art and Art History at 335-1771.


We want you! May 3, 2009

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We need you! Local Foods Connection has been short of volunteer-staff this past month. If you would like to volunteer in the office to help us through this difficult period, email us with options of times and dates you can come in and do some clerical work. Thanks!


Great Food Blog from Vermont April 20, 2009

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Caroline here.  A great friend of mine who hails from Burlington, Vermont just brought the blog Every Kitchen Table to my attention.  The blog is penned by Rob Smart, a resident of central Vermont.  You might enjoy his recent post, “Dear Julia Child, We Need You!” The blog also has an impressive links page with various resources, as well as links to a variety of other food related blogs in the “Fellow Foodies” section.  So thank you, Stephanie, and happy reading!