Field to Family works to connect citizens in the food system, educate the public, and celebrate the local sustainable food economy.



Our February 2015 newsletter is ready! Go here for all the latest news on Farm to School, Local Food Finder and More!

During the last few months we have been working behind the scenes to create an Advisory Board for Field to Family, develop a work plan, create a development strategy and recruit volunteers to serve on planning committees.

Our Advisory Board convened in late 2014 and provided feedback, ideas and next steps for each of our program areas. Soon after, the Field to Family Board of Directors officially approved a 2015 work plan and budget. Here are some highlights of the plan:

  • Strengthening board leadership; developing & following best practices for non-profit organizations; diversifying income sources;
  • Updating our Local Food Finder online guide (formerly Buy Fresh Buy Local), adding a new category for caterers;
  • Creating a new program to develop and host   educational programs on healthy food systems;
  • Adding more educational events to our annual Local Foods Festival held in September 2015;
  • Reconvening the ICCSD Farm to School planning committee; provide logistical and planning support for 5-6 school gardens; host two Farmer Fairs;
  • Click the link above for more information on each program area, upcoming events and discover ways you can get involved!

5th Annual Come to the Table Summit: Local Food Summit of Producers and Purchasers

Come to the Table is a special program of the Field to Family Regional Food Coalition with the goal of bringing together farmers with bakers, butchers, grocers, chefs, schools, hospitals, distributors, and many more buyers of local food. The goal is to foster the relationships between farmers and buyers in the Iowa Corridor Region.

Join us on March 13, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, 9 AM to 4 PM.

Registration information on the event site.

Despite its strong agricultural market, Iowa imports most of its food from other states and countries. Event organizers hope to increase the amount of local food bought and sold in Iowa by bringing together state & national food buyers with local food producers. “Come to the Table” aims to expand the local foods market starting with a handshake.

Field to Family has a newly created Advisory Board; still recruiting members

Field to Family now has an active Advisory Board. Members of the Advisory Board provide inspiration, feedback, and ideas to the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers regarding the work and direction of the organization. The first meeting of the Field to Family Advisory Board was on December 13, 2014. Members reviewed work plan proposals for Field to Family’s 2015 Programs, including:

  • Farm to School
  • Local Food Finder
  • Healthy Community Food System Education
  • Annual Local Foods Festival

New members are welcome!
Contact us at fieldtofamilyiowacity@gmail.com for details.

Members of our 2015 Advisory Board include:

James Adrian
Amanda Arn
Melanie Baker
Kristin Bergmann
Jessica Burtt-Fogarty
Mike Carberry
Theresa Carbrey
Jen Kardos
Alison Demory
Ilsa Dewald

Cathy Gehris
Jason Grimm
William Hawkins
Brandi Jannsen
Scott Keopke
Diana Kremzar
Mike Loots
Elizabeth Maas
Kathleen Mellen
Jenni Mettemeyer
Fred Meyer

Joyce Miller
Sarah Nagengast
Tammy Neumann
James Nisly
Paul Rausch
Derek Roller
Kyle Sieck
Cindy Smith
Rod Sullivan
Heather Widmayer

The 2014 Field to Family Festival was a great success!

What happens when you take freshly picked homegrown produce, cultivated by local farmers & put it in the hands of expertly trained renowned area chefs? Why the 13th Annual Field to Family Festival of course! The festival supports the work of Field to Family’s programs: Farm to School & Local Food Finder. Farm to School teaches students about food, agriculture and nutrition, connects schools with local farmers, and supports the local food economy. Local Food Finder is an online guide to connect consumers with local farmers and their products. All proceeds from the festival go directly towards these programs. This year’s festival offered supporters the opportunity to taste local gourmet treats from top downtown Iowa City restaurants, meet local farmers, tour sustainable farms and gardens by bike, feast on this year’s harvest at a celebratory meal and support school gardens at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market Kid’s Day School Garden Booth! Special thanks to all those who attended our events & supported local food! Thank you also to the sponsors of the 2014 Field to Family Festival: New Pioneer Food Co-op, Edible Iowa River Valley Magazine, Little Village, Share Restaurant, Hy-Vee, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Blank & McCune, Hills Bank & Trust, Iowa Valley RC&D, & Practical Farmers of Iowa. For more information and to learn about volunteer opportunities, contact us at fieldtofamilyiowacity@gmail.com