Local Foods Connection Blog

Local foods, hunger relief, sustainable agriculture

Volunteer & Sponsor of the Week February 26, 2007

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Volunteer of the Week:  Jonathan Lauffer.  With three other volunteers, Jonathan cleared brush from the fence row at Gooseberry Hill Farm in Iowa City Saturday, February 17.

Sponsor of the Week:  Mary Mathew Wilson & the UI Civic Engagement Program. Mary Mathew Wilson has helped LFC get in touch with University of Iowa students who are interested in volunteering. 


2007 Spring Farm Work Days February 22, 2007

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Dear Friends,

You can help Local Foods Connection, visit a farm, and learn about sustainable agriculture by joining us on one of our farm work days this winter and spring! Below please find a link to a file containing a list of farm work days for February through April, as well as instructions for preparing for farm work.

Anyone can help on a farm; no experience is necessary! The farmer will teach you as you work. You will meet new people, learn a skill, and have a great time. If you are interested, let us know as soon as possible.

Farm Volunteers

Volunteers giving  medicine to a sheep.

Farm Volunteers

Volunteers planting garlic.

Open this file for more information!:

2007 Spring Farm Work Document



Volunteer and Sponsor of the Week February 19, 2007

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Volunteer of the Week: Rachael Pitts. With three other farm work volunteers, Rachael cleared brush from the fencerow at Gooseberry Hill Farm on Saturday.

Sponsor of the Week: Edible Iowa River Valley. This magazine is the co-sponsor of the CSA Fair to be held March 24, 2007, at the Prairie Table in Iowa City.


Volunteerism at LFC February 14, 2007

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My name is Natalie Blaine.  I’m a freshman at the University of Iowa, and I have been volunteering at Local Foods Connection since the end of January.  Volunteering at Local Foods Connection has been a wonderful experience for me.  Laura Dowd (president) has proven to be the most flexible volunteer coordinator.  Not only do I perform clerical work for Local Foods, but I am also given the option of trying out other areas of the organization (farm work, etc.).  Local Foods Connection works around my academic and work schedules to provide me with volunteer experience that will be crucial in my applications for graduate school at the UI college of pharmacy next fall.  I’m excited to continue working with Laura, Kristin, and Local Foods Connection.  The atmosphere is great, the people are awesome, and most importantly Local Foods Connection works for a great cause.


Volunteer and Sponsor of the Week February 12, 2007

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Volunteer of the Week:  Dave Antin. Computer whiz Dave provided LFC with a loaner computer and set it up in the office.

Sponsor of the Week:  Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance and Joe Jennison. The ICCA recently gave LFC an Icky Award for organizing a Mardi Gras celebration for Katrina evacuees in this area.


Volunteer and Sponsor of the Week February 5, 2007

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Volunteer of the Week:  Andrea & Ken Clinkenbeard. Andrea & Ken wrote a recent webblog entry.

Sponsor of the Week:  Lensing Funeral Home. Mr. Michael Lensing of Lensing Funeral Home made a financial donation to LFC in January.


Local Foods Connection Wins an Icky!

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This January Local Foods Connection received an Iowa Cultural Corridor Innovative Excellence Award, fondly known as an Icky. Laura Dowd of Local Foods Connection and Susan Keefer of the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa accepted the “Reaching Out Collaborative Award” at a sealed-envelope reception Monday (Jan 28) evening at the Englert Theatre.

Last spring, LFC collaborated with Marlene Jessop of the Museum to throw a Mardi Gras party for Johnson & Linn Katrina evacuees, to welcome them to southeast Iowa, to introduce them to each other, and to help them forget their troubles for awhile. A chicken and rice dinner was served at the Museum’s reception all, and the attendees listened to live music and played games.

Local Foods Connection was honored to be nominated along with Marlene and other great people at the African-American Museum. We are proud and humbled to be chosen as an award recipient. The 113 member organizations of ICCA nominate and vote on the awards, which, in the words of the program, “recognize cultural events in the Corridor that have helped to expand awareness, push the envelope, and attract positive attention” in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area.

So many other organizations and people helped make this party a success. Thanks to everyone!!:

  • MidAmerican Housing Project: invited the Linn County Katrina families
  • Ron Gleitman & Prairie Table, Iowa City: donated food
  • Chefs Mary Frei & Jean Donohue: prepared & served food
  • The Charlie Morgan Ban: gave a live concert
  • George Zacharakis-Jutz, David Zacharakis-Jutz, Jeff Donohue, Abby Burgess, Jack Gilbert, Kajari GhoshDastidar, Raja, Felicia Franklin: volunteered as needed
  • Susan Hansen & Christ Episcopal Church, Cedar Rapids: use of kitchen to prepare meal
  • The Cottage Bakery & Café: donation of cornbread

Learn more about the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance at:

Our area’s Katrina families still need your support! Although help with employment and transportation is still greatly needed, more than anything else, these families need help becoming a part of our community. We need to go out of our way, and perhaps out of our comfort zone, to reach out to these families and invite them into our homes and hearts. Don’t let them sit alone in the back of your church, or sit at home by the radio instead of attending the free downtown jazz festival, or bring their children straight home from school to sit in front of a television set instead of going to a scout meeting.