Looking for something to do on Friday night? Bummed about missing “King Corn” at the Bijou last month? Searching for a way to support the work of Local Foods Connection throughout Iowa? Hoping to meet other Iowans who are passionate about community agriculture?
Look no further! The Iowa Network for Community Agriculture’s 13th Annual Local Foods Conference is taking place this weekend in Cedar Rapids, including a Friday Evening Reception to benefit Local Foods Connection, which will feature a screening of the hit documentary “King Corn.” So mark your calendars, grab your friends, and head up to Cedar Rapids for a weekend of local foods.
The Iowa Network for Community Agriculture (INCA) describes themselves as a volunteer-driven group of people who gathered, in 1995, around a set of related questions: “Why are fewer farms growing and selling food and why aren’t more consumers complaining? Is grandma’s handmade strawberry-rhubarb pie necessarily a thing of the past? Is rural community and family farm decline really inevitable?”
INCA holds a conference each February to bring people together on these very questions. This year’s conference, “The Food Less Traveled,” will convene on Friday, February 1 at the African American Museum Celebration Hall in Cedar Rapids to kick off two days of panel discussions, film screenings, workshops, and an All Iowa Potluck.
This year, Local Foods Connection is honored to be the recipient, along with the Community Gardens Initiative of the Oakhill Jackson neighborhood, of INCA’s Friday evening fundraising reception. Contributions to Local Foods Connection at the Friday reception will help us to expand our services into the Cedar Rapids area.
For more registration information about this weekend’s conference, “The Food Less Traveled,” check the INCA site.
We hope to see you there!