Local Foods Connection Blog

Local foods, hunger relief, sustainable agriculture

LFC in the Off-Season March 8, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — localfoodsconnection @ 5:51 pm

Question:  What goes on in the Local Foods Connection office all winter? 

A.  Nothing — Laura and the volunteers go to sunny
Arizona from November to April

B.  Nothing — Laura and the volunteers go to sunny
Florida from November to April

C.  Nothing — Laura and the volunteers go to sunny southern
California from November to April

D.  Lots!  Laura and the volunteers are as busy as ever.

 

Answer:  D, of course!  From A to Z, here is a sampling of the activities that have occupied us in the winter months.

 

 

Acquiring new kitchen equipment for client incentive program

Brainstorming ways to involve kids more in the program

Coordinating farm work days for volunteers
Driving student volunteers to farms (yes! Outdoor farm chores in February!)
Educating ourselves about poverty and local foods initiatives

Fundraising
Grant writing
Hosting a college intern interested in nonprofit management

Inviting new board members
Joining Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa Network for Community Agriculture and Environmental Advocates
Keeping everyone updated via the LFC newsletter
Learning new software
Maintaining our filing system
Networking with other community agencies
Organizing the March 24 CSA Fair

Preparing a Biennial Report as well as a federal income tax form

Quicken (Q is tricky, but that is the name of our bookkeeping software!)

Reserving CSA shares from farmers for the 2007 season

Speaking at the INCA conference

Thanking our generous volunteers and donors who support us year round

Updating the volunteer database

Visiting with clients and Katrina families

Working with a licensed, registered nutritionist to develop Food Fact Sheets for clients
eXplaining LFC’s work to a university class
Yearning for spring’s first spinach crop

Zeroing in on… (okay, so Y and Z are tough!)

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