Resources for Local Producers

Local Events 

Local Food Dinner

February 8, 2023 

(More information will be available soon!) 

Iowa Eats Local Food & Drink Festival

April 1, 2023 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Interested in being a vendor? There are only so many vendor spots available. Consider partnering with another organization or several producers. Each vendor will be required to have a tasting and/or experience for all attendees. They expect 3,000 people to attend the event.

Regional Conferences/Projects 

Iowa Local Food Purchasing Assistance Program (ILFPA) 

The Iowa Local Food Purchasing Assistance Program (ILFPA) is increasing access to local food and improving supply chain resiliency through partnerships with local producers and underserved communities.

You can find more information HERE. 

Resources and producer registration FORM. You must be registered to participate in the program. 

Planning will be starting soon for Phase 2 that will start April 2023. Apply today! 

Local Food for Schools (LFA) 

The Iowa Local Food for Schools Program will increase access to local food in K-12 schools and improve supply chain resiliency through partnerships with local producers , food hubs and school districts.

You can find more information HERE. 

Producer registration FORM is the same as the LFPA form. You only have to register once. You must be registered to participate in the program. 

Buyer + Supplier Meet-ups 2022

The meetings provide a venue where school and child care nutrition professionals and Iowa food producers can build their networks and ask questions related to local food procurement.

Thursdays 1:30-2:30 p.m. 

Held virtually on Zoom.

Dates: November 3, December 1

If you are interested in attending, please register for notifications HERE. Meetings will be held on Zoom. Contact information can be exchanged during calls through the chat function. These calls will not be used for advertising or making specific purchasing/supplying agreements.

Annual Practice Farmers of Iowa Conference

January 19-21, 2023



Webinars/Virtual Learning

Home-based Food Operators: Regulations and Food Safety Course

The state of Iowa has specific laws and regulations related to food that is prepared at home and sold direct to consumers. This online course will guide you through regulations and the best food safety practices to ensure safe handling of your product from the kitchen to the point of sale.

Intended audience: Home bakers (licensed and unlicensed), exempted home food operators, farmers market managers

Format: Self-paced, online course

Cost: $35


Past Virtual Workshops 

Farm to School Readiness Virtual Workshop

Wholesale Readiness Virtual Workshop


New grants will be added once available.

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