Happy 2008 from your friends at Local Foods Connection!
While New Year’s resolutions seem like they’re made to be broken, the first of the year does seem like a good time to reflect on the events of the past year and to anticipate what the new year will bring. At Local Foods Connection, we have alot to be thankful for: our clients; farmers; volunteers; sponsors; and supporters.
In case you lost track of all that we were up to in 2007, here’s a recap:
We started the new year with a wonderful push from New Pioneer Co-op’s “Donate Your Dividend” program; at the end of 2006, over 1,000 Co-op members donated cash, personal checks, and dividend checks to Local Foods Connection, totaling over $14,600. Soon after, Local Foods Connection was honored with an Iowa Cultural Corridor Innovative Excellence Award in a ceremony at the Englert Theatre.
February, March, and April brought work days and visits at Gooseberry Hill CSA, Simone’s Plain & Simple, Abundance CSA, ZJ Farm, Sass Family Farm, Scattergood Farm, Oak Hill Acres, and Fae Ridge Farm. Thank you to all of the volunteers who turned up for these work days and to all of our farmers for welcoming us. Meanwhile, in March, we gathered with the folks from Edible Iowa River Valley at the Prairie Table for the annual CSA Fair, spreading the word about the great CSA farms around Iowa City.
The months of summer and early fall were busy, busy, busy as usual, getting CSA shares to LFC clients and coordinating volunteer work days. It’s all a blur.
In October, LFC’s founder and executive director Laura Dowd was invited to deliver the keynote address at the University of Iowa’s 11th annual International Day Human Rights Conference, “The Human Right to Food.” She delivered a passionate and informative speech, and even recruited a few new LFC volunteers in the process.
We wrapped up the season with LFC’s Thanksgiving turkey distribution. Huge thanks to Monika Ratner for her logistical help, to Henry J.C. and Ila Miller for their delicious turkeys, to Susan Jutz for her scrumptious lamb, and to all of the volunteers who made that day a success.
In November, Laura Dowd was honored once again, when she was named a finalist in New Pioneer Food Co-op’s first ever “Cooperate for Community!” contest. The contest, sponsored in collaboration with the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and Frontier Natural Products Co-op, honors individuals who are working for more sustainable food in our community, while exemplifying a spirit of outstanding cooperation along the way.
Wow – what a year! Thank you to everyone who made it possible.
We’re looking forward to serving more clients and cultivating more relationships with local farmers in 2008. We couldn’t do it without you!