Iowa State Extension just hired Brittany Bethel as the new Regional Foods Coordinator for Eastern Iowa and the tri-state area of IA, WI and IL. She writes,
” We have a vibrant community of farmers, consumers, institutions and agencies dedicated to promoting the use of local foods, and many resources for people interested in the nutritional, environmental and economic benefits of using more food produced in our region. I will be promoting promote resources, partners and programs that will support the further growth of our local foods community.
My position is supported by the Limestone Bluffs RC&D and the Dubuque County ISU Extension. The deliverables include: Producer Inventory, Local Food Buyer List, Email Distribution (to share events, information, and news), Training Events, Stakeholder Meetings, Business Development Activities and Development of a Regional Food System Expansion Plan. Other organizations involved include Buy Fresh, Buy Local-River Bend and Dubuque Eats Well RFSWG.”
Sign up for their site – she is posting many local events that may be of interest, especially for those in the Dubuque area.