Tri-State Local Food Summit

THANK YOU for a wonderful Summit in 2017!

Archived presentations and resources from the 2017 Tri-State  Local Food Summit can be found HERE.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2018 Summit – tentitively scheduled for Saturday, February 10th, 2018 

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REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 TRI STATE LOCAL FOOD SUMMIT IS NOW CLOSED.


Summit Summary: Read the News Release for more details

Download the Tri State Local Food Summit Schedule Here


Are you interested in building a healthier community? A healthier workplace? A healthier home?

The one-day Tri State Local Food Summit at Sinsinawa Mound will showcase a host of grassroots initiatives organized by people taking action to make local farms and local communities thrive. Learn about big and small steps each of us can take at home, in the workplace, and in our communities to create a healthy food system that works for everyone. 

  • 2 Keynote lectures
  • 5 breakout sessions & workshops
  • Exhibit hall
  • Locally-sourced Lunch

The Summit is co-organized by the Local Foods program at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Dubuque County and Sinsinawa Mound.


Exhibit Hall & Event Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Contact: Carolyn Scherf for more information cscherf@iastate.edu

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Keynote Speakers

Ali Berlow Author, The Food Activist Handbook

“Food Activism” @AliBerlow | aliberlow.com

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Andy Larson, University of Illinois Extension Educator

“Understanding Food Labels”


Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Workplace Food Box & Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)csa-box

Iowa Food Hub, Tree of Life Farm & Two Onion Farm

Are you interested in affordable, fresh-picked local produce? Vegetables delivered to you at work? Good nutrition and a healthy diet? Supporting local farmers and the local economy? Learn how families and businesses in the tri-state area are connecting with local food through CSA & Food Box programs that deliver fresh produce to workplaces and other dropsites each week throughout the growing season.

Learn more about Food Box & Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)


It Begins with a Handshake:

Farm to Institution Purchasing Panel: Connecting Farmers & Buyers

cafeteria7Facilitated by Dubuque Eats Well Farm-To-Institution Working Group with Dubuque Food Co Op, Iowa Food Hub + Other Local Panelists

It begins with a handshake: The aim of the Farm-To-Institution Purchasing Panel is to foster relationships between farmers and buyers in the tri-state area. The panel will feature grocers, restaurateurs , hospitals, distributors, and many more institutional buyers of local food in the Greater-Dubuque area, and offer an opportunity for buyers to discuss how their organizations purchase local, including successes and challenges they have have witnessed.

Producers interested in reaching Dubuque-area buyers are encouraged to attend, as there will be ample time for Q&A and networking.

Exhibit Hall Opportunities are also available | Learn More about the Dubuque Eats Well Farm To Institution Working Group



Donation Gardens & Community Gardens

wash-daysDubuque Community Garden Coalition + ISU Master Gardeners 

It starts with an idea: Each year thousands of Americans living in poverty depend on emergency food providers including food pantries and free meal sites for food. Learn how you can get involved with The Dubuque Community Garden Coalition or partner with the ISU Master Gardeners in Dubuque County to grow fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables to donate through the 2017 Donation Garden Program. 

Learn more about Health Equity & Food Access Issues in the Greater Dubuque-Area

Learn more about Resources for Gardeners



Rural Hunger

Sponsored by: The Food, Faith and Farming Network; featuring Robin Stone – Manchester Share the Harvest 

Food insecurity not only impacts urban neighborhoods; many rural communities live in food deserts as well. Without compact urban centers with accessible grocery stores, members of rural communities often find themselves 10 or more miles from access to fresh, farm-grown food, even when it’s grown in their backyards. Come hear Robin Stone (Share the Harvest) and Tom Nelson (Food, Faith, and Farming Network) discuss their work in overcoming the realities of rural hunger.


Prison Gardens: Healthy Skills & Healing

envision-a-better-futureScott Koepke – Educational Director, Grow: Johnson County, Alice Topaloff – ISU Extension Local Foods Team

The American criminal justice system holds more than 2.3 million people in state and federal prisons, jails, and juvenile correctional facilities. Learn about the social benefits of gardening with offenders, and the opportunities for rehabilitation and healing through local foods.

Read Alice Topaloff’s Blog Entry: Giving Female Offenders Healthy Work for Today, Skills for Tomorrow” | Read a guest editorial by Scott Koepke The Garden Bridge of Healing


Local Lunch & Exhibition Hall

Join & Share the Tri-State Local Food Summit Event on Facebook

Contact Carolyn Scherf, Local Food Coordinator, Dubuque County ISU Extension & Outreach at cscherf@iastate.edu with any questions.



Thank you to our event sponsors!

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