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Food & Farm Expo Set for Feb. 4

Posted: January 25, 2012

Food & Farm Expo Set for Feb. 4

Mirroring the growing national movement in regional food production and healthier living, northeast Iowans have shown an increased interest in purchasing locally produced food.  

Farmers interested in growing or producing food for these growing local markets should make plans to attend the Northeast Iowa Food & Farm Expo on Saturday, February 4 at the NE IA Dairy Foundation Center in Calmar.

The Expo will have a wide variety of exhibitors covering educational information, materials, equipment, seed and supplies.  Two educational sessions will be offered on food safety and the Sharing Spaces Kitchen in Prairie du Chien, WI.  

Admission is free and lunch will be available on site.  For more information about the expo or to have a display, call Teresa Wiemerslage at (563) 794-0599 or visit www.iowafreshfood.com.

The expo is hosted by the Northeast Iowa Food & Farm Coalition which is part of the Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative--a partner of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food & Community program.  The coalition is creating opportunities for farmers to engage in the local food system through production, processing, distribution, storage and market opportunities.

Presentations:
10 am: Expo Opens
10:30 am: Processing Opportunities at the Sharing Spaces Kitchen, Dan Moris
11:30 - 1 pm: View exhibits and network.  Lunch available.
1 pm: Food Safety--Prevention is Key.  Dr. Angela Laury, ISU Extension Food Safety Specialist
2 pm: Expo Concludes

Confirmed Vendors:
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
GROWN Locally
Northeast Iowa Business Network
Small Business Development Association
Buy Fresh, Buy Local
Oneota Community Food Coop
Practical Farmers of Iowa
Annie's Gardens and Greens
Bushman Farms Compost
Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative
Farm to School
Windridge Implements
The Opportunity Center Shared Spaces Kitchen
Iowa Microloan
Midwest SARE
Beginning Farmer Center
Northeast Iowa Community College
Farm Service Agency
Food & Water Watch
Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)
Ag Decision Maker - Annie's Project
ISU Extension: Food Safety Team
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Midwest Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)
NE Iowa Food Hub Project


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