We invite you to become a member of our River Bend Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local, now in its fourth year.
The main goal of the River Bend Buy Fresh Buy Local program is making connections between consumers in communities throughout the region to the freshest, most delicious locally grown and produced foods available.
Memberships can include producers, restaurants, farmers markets, institutions and others that are interested in local, healthy foods.
Your membership will provide a listing in the River Bend Buy Fresh Buy Local Directory. Additional membership benefits and responsibilities are listed on the enclosed membership form.
2014 Member Application
Not Yet Released. Please check back or e-mail Brittany at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
2013 Member Application
Local Food Buyers Application
Local Food Producer Application
Business, Sponsor, Farmers Market and Processor Application
The directory now includes 69 members from the region that support the production, marketing and consumption of locally produced foods, and provides eastern Iowa locations where consumers can obtain fresh, local products.
As a member of a Buy Fresh Buy Local Iowa Chapter, you make your business easier for customers to find and understand. Local foods directories, farm tours, local foods meals and more are all ways that chapters work together to better connect farmers, markets, restaurants and consumers. Contact your local BFBL Iowa chapter to learn more about membership!
Want to see more local foods in your local grocery store? Do you think that school kitchens should buy from local farms? Are you concerned about where food at your local care center comes from? Become a BFBL Iowa Supporter to be part of the network that connects farmers and consumers and sees to it that local foods are part of important conversations.
High Tunnel Tour
On Saturday, November 16th we held a High Tunnel Tour in Preston, IA. Two Iowa farms shared their experiences with purchasing, building and producing in their high tunnels. Over 45 attendees came out in the rain to enjoy this tour! Big thanks to Jackson County NRCS and Jackson County Extension for partnering!
Farm Crawl and Farm to Table Dinner
On Saturday, September 21st the first "Driftless Farm Crawl" was held and over 250 people visit 5 participating farms in Dubuque County, Jackson County, and SW Wisconsin. After this event, 86 people sat down for a four-course, locally-sourced meal prepared by four chefs in the tri-state area!
For more information, visit: www.driftlessfarmcrawl.blogspot.com
Tuesday, December 3rd
Growing Hops Workshop - Elizabeth, IL
The U of Illinois Extension will be hosting a workshop entitled, Hops U: Introduction to Hops Production from 5-6pm at the Extension office in Elizabeth (204 Vine St). The presentation will give an introduction to hops plants, hops production, deciding on variety, disease and pest concerns, trellising, hop field management and cone harvest. Cost: $5.00 and pre-registration is required by calling 815-858-2273 or online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/
Tuesday, December 3rd
PFI Farminar: "Revenue Projections and Profit Potential of Grass-Based Livestock"
Ryan Herman and Neal and Laura Vellema, 7 pm. Listen in as an experienced livestock farmer shares his insight with beginning graziers. Register Here
PFI Farminar: "Building Relationships, Building Customers"
Jordan Clasen and Jody Bolluyt, 7pm. Relationship-building can be a powerful marketing tool. Hear from two farms of different scales about how they focus on building relationships with customers to be successful. Register Here
December 2nd - March 25th
Farm Law Webinars
Farm Commons is excited to roll out 8 new webinars this fall. Join to learn about the legal complications and legal solutions for each of these subjects.
Overview of Farm Legal Issues: Dec. 2
Community Supported Agriculture Legal Issues: Dec. 17
Hosting On-farm Events: Jan. 13
Workers and Employees: Jan. 28
Selling Products to Large Buyers: Feb. 10
Starting a farm: Feb. 25
Adding Value to Farm Products: Mar. 10
Food Safety Liability and Regulations: Mar. 25
Read more and register at our Website: www.farmcommons.org/webinars
Saturday, December 14th
Farmer Veteran Coalition of Iowa First Annual Conference
Attend this conference from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Easter Seals Iowa, 401 NE 66th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa
The event will offer farm business and ag career development for military veterans and service members. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will offer the keynote address. Also speaking will be Col. Robert King, Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and Leopold Center Director Mark Rasmussen.
An "Ask the Experts" session will allow one-on-one Q&A with ag attorneys, accountants, agribusiness professionals, educators, USDA personnel, farmers and other veteran service providers.
Presentations and Workshops include:
The is free and open to the public, but space is limited. There will be ample social and business networking opportunities for farming veterans and those seeking jobs and careers in agricultural related businesses.
Registration is required at the Farm Veteran Coalition of Iowa website
See the full agenda for this event [PDF]
Event flier [PDF]
Paper Copies of the 2013 BFBL Directory are now available at the following locations: