UNI Local Food Program

Strengthening Iowa's local food economy

UNI Local Food Program

The UNI Local Food Program works to develop a local and regional food system that positively impacts local farmers, consumers and businesses through education, collaboration, and economic development.


  • CEDAR VALLEY REGIONAL FOOD & FARM NETWORK (CVRFFN)We lead the Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network. A coalition of individuals, food and farm businesses, UNI Local Food Program, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, and other community organizations & leaders working together to positively impact the local food system. 
  • SERVICES TO FARMERS - We help local farms find local markets, build connections among farmers, and offer educational programs to assist direct-marketing farms in our region.
  • SERVICES TO INSTITUTIONAL FOOD BUYERS - We connect schools, grocers, restaurants, and distributors with local farms.
  • LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS EDUCATION - Our staff and partners develop tools and experiences that make it easier for everyone to see and appreciate the local food treasures of our region. We publish a local food guide each year that you can find at www.cvfoodfarmnetwork.org.
  • COMMUNITY FOOD SECURITY VISTA PROJECT - Building community capacity to improve access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables among vulnerable populations. Projects include garden projects, veggie home delivery program, Veggie Voucher program, and A Garden In Every Lot. If you are interested in being an AmeriCorps member you can find more information HERE.

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We are now hiring AmeriCorps VISTA members, with many different start dates throughout 2021! View more information here.

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