Join the River Bend Chapter

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 Membership Drive

Please e-mail Brittany at jneises@iastate.edu for more information!

2014 Member Application

2014 Membership Invite

   Local Food Buyers Application

Local Food Producer Application
Business, Sponsor, Farmers Market and Processor Application

2014 Member Directory

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.


Download the 2014 Buy Fresh Buy Local Directory


Members
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!   
Supporters
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.



RECENT NEWS













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






News/Events

Now- June 2014
Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods 
The USDA Farm to School Program will host two webinars each month to showcase the variety of ways school districts can purchase local foods. The webinars will be held at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Topics will include everything from procurement basics to using geographic preference, to finding local producers, to buying local through DoD Fresh. See the schedule below for more information. 
 
Using DoD Fresh to Purchase Local – June 12
Tying It All Together and Digging In – June 26
 
To register for one or several of the sessions, please click here. All webinars will be recorded and available on this page within 1-2 weeks of initial viewing. While each webinar will build on the ones before it, feel free to pick and choose sessions based on your interest.
 

Paper Copies of the 2014 BFBL Directory will be available at the following locations:
  • USDA Service Center in Anamosa 
    • 319-462-3196 Ext. 3
  • USDA Service Center in Maquoketa 
    • 563-652-2337 Ext. 3
  • Dubuque County ISU Extension Office
    • 14858 West Ridge Road, Dubuque, IA 52003
    • 563-583-6496

Steering Committee

  • Joe Wagner
  • Lori Schnoor
  • Rose Rohr
  • Jim Keitel
  • Kris Doll
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