Ribbon Cutting at Twin Springs Farm

Over 20 community members and supporters gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Twin Springs Farm and Farmstand on Thursday, August 10th. An optional tour of the farm began at 5:30 on Twin Springs road, where Steffen Mirsky and Emily Pulsfus grow produce on an acre of Larry and Diane Grimstad’s farmland. At 6:00,  the group gathered at the farmstand at Off the Driftless canoe livery to enjoy samples of fresh produce and admire the murals painted by friends of the farmers. Pictured above, Steffen and Emily fittingly cut the ribbon with a garden shears while supporters look on.

WW Homestead Dairy Hosts the NEIA Food and Farm Network

WW Homestead Dairy Hosts the NEIA Food and Farm Network

 

The June 11 gathering of the Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Network drew a crowd of 13 farmers and food businesses to WW Homestead Dairy in Waukon. Despite the hot weather, this group of food and farm entrepreneurs took a break from their farms to learn about the dairy’s story, meet up with other farmers, and, of course, eat some ice cream! Continue reading

For Iowa’s food hubs, networking leads to solutions

by Kayla Koether
Food Systems Specialist

 

More and more, locally grown food graces the grocery lists of Iowans looking to support their local economy and purchase fresh, source-verified products. While local food is becoming accessible in more venues, most consumers don’t realize that many small food businesses are working very hard behind the scenes (and doing so in partnership with non-profits and extension) to bring those products to the marketplace. Their goal: to support more farmers and make local food accessible to a wider range of consumers. Continue reading