The Iowa Valley Resource, Conservation and Development (IVRCD) has developed this online toolkit in order to help develop new farm to school chapters in the Iowa Valley Region and help schools procure local food for school lunches. A goal of this project has been to research and develop templates and procedures for tools that will make local food procurement for school meals and snacks less reliant on outside technical assistance.
The Iowa Valley RC&D has had the help of a Project Advisory Committee
The Committee consists primarily of school personnel who have been responsible for:
- Providing input and suggestions on project direction.
- Determining the top level barriers and resources needed to make local food purchasing sustainable in Iowa Farm to School programs.
- Consensus on a regional food safety checklist by all school districts.
- Attending farm and kitchen tours (will be advisory committee meetings as well).
During the last year and a half, the Iowa Valley R&CD has coordinated quarterly meetings of regional school food directors and partners. Participating schools have included Iowa City, West Liberty, West Branch, Solon, Tipton, and Clear Creek Amana. Partners include New Pioneer Food Co-op and Field to Family.
The Iowa Valley RC&D is a unique group of people working as a non-profit organization that provides unique services to a six county region of Iowa, Poweshiek, Tama, Benton, Linn and Johnson Counties. Our mission is to drive the development and promotion of programs, businesses and organizations that enhance the natural resources and quality of life in our region. We envision a sustainable and prosperous regional community, in harmony with its cultural and environmental resources.
This project was funded in part by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.