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 email@example.com for more information!
2014 Member Application
2014 Membership Invite
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
Wednesday, March 19th
Jackson County Local Foods Stakeholder Meeting
Interested in getting involved with local food systems change in you community? Join us from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Hurstville Interpretive Center to learn about state and regional initiatives and have your voice heard!
Tuesday, March 25th
Direct Marketing for Small Growers
Learn skills for attracting customers and creating a winning farmers market display! 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Community Room in the Maquoketa Library.
Tuesday, April 1st
Why Buy Local? Workshop
Join us to learn about local food systems in Iowa and how you can get involved! 5:30pm--6:30pm at the Delaware County Extension Office in Manchester, IA.
Wednesday, April 2nd
Speaking Organically: Understanding Food Labels
Join us from 6:15pm - 7:30pm in Gallery C at the Schmid Innovation Center (900 Jackson St, Dubuque, IA).
Free Range? Organic? Non–GMO? Natural? Huh?!
Join us as Regional Foods Coordinator Brittany Bethel shares insight on consumer food label regulations.
This class is free for Dubuque Food Co-op Members and is $5.00 for Non-Members. New member sign-up will be available at the door.
Must register by Friday, March 28th
Register by e-mailing or calling Brittany at firstname.lastname@example.org or 563.583.6496 x12
Visit www.dubuquefoodcoop.com for more information!
Tuesday, April 8th
Iowa Local Food Conference: "It’s Your Business! Expanding Opportunities in Iowa's Food System"
Location: Quality Inn on 13th Street, Ames, IA
Join us for a full day of inspiration and information about the increasing resources for producers and the professionals who work with them. Registration includes lunch with locally sourced products. Limited scholarships available for those in need.
● Food Hubs and how to sustain them
● Integrating Value-Added Products
● Current Marketing Strategies that are
helping increase the bottom line
Hosted by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Local Food and Farm Initiative
General registration: $50 ($65 after March 28)
Student registration: $25 ($35 after March 28)
Vendor (includes 1 free registration): $100
Register online: http://goo.gl/LJZEgH
Other details: www.leopold.iastate.edu/2014-iowa-local-food-conference
Thursday, April 10th
The training is based around best business practices identified by buyers in these markets that are actively seeking local suppliers. Iowa MarketReady will help farm vendors selling dairy, fruits, meats and vegetables design a better business strategy to succeed.
This training will be held April 10, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Dubuque County Office, 14858 West Ridge Lane, Dubuque, Iowa. The program will start with registration at 7:30 a.m. and includes lunch. Topics to be covered include communications and relationship building, packaging, labels, supply and delivery, post-harvest handling for produce, grading, insurance, regulatory and marketing.
The workshop costs $55/person or $90/couple or two employees from the same farm. Fees include training materials, light lunch and refreshments. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call or email Christa at 515-294-4430 or email@example.com
Tuesday, May 6th
Food Preservation 101
Join from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Dubuque County Extension Office (14858 West Ridge Lane, Dubuque). Join Cindy Baumgartner, Nutrition and Health Program Specialist/Master Food Safety Advisor, for this workshop to learn the basics of canning, freezing, and dehydrating foods! Cost: $12 - General Public or $8 - Dubuque Food Co-op Members. Space is limited so register early! Must register by Friday, May 2nd. To register contact Brittany Bethel at 563.583.6496 x12 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Finding Local Producers – February 13
Using the Informal Procurement Method – February 27
Using Specifications to Target Local Products – March 13
Working with Distributors – March 27
Using a Forward Contract – April 10
Introduction to Geographic Preference – April 24
Using Geographic Preference – May 8
Using USDA Foods as Resource to Purchase Local – May 22
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.
Now - 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.
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
Paper Copies of the 2013 BFBL Directory are now available at the following locations: