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

Don’t miss these two upcoming events featuring local food and farming!

Local foods banquet to benefit Iowa Valley RC&D

Iowa Valley Recreation, Conservation & Development (IVRC&D) invites members of the public to celebrate local foods and farmers Oct. 25 at its annual Local Foods Banquet at Mercy Hospital, 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids. The banquet will feature a meal of local foods prepared by chef Andy Deutmeyer and Mercy staff, along with locally crafted beers, wines, music and auctions.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social gathering, silent auction and entertainment by “The Too Many Strings Band.” Dinner will begin at 7 p.m.

As part of the Iowa Valley RC&D Local Food Banquet a live auction will be held featuring three celebrity autographed memorabilia pieces: a Star Wars Cast movie poster, Johnny Depp sketch, and Led Zeppelin record album. All items from Charity Fundraising come with a certificate of authenticity.

Along with the celebrity items and a fabulous meal – the silent and live auctions will offer other items such as a quarter side of grass-fed beef, CSA share, pastured chickens, baked goods, overnight stays, certificates for area attractions, wine and gift baskets – and much more!

Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple and can be purchased online at www.ivrcd.org. Proceeds from the event will support the IVRC&D.

Annual Iowa Organic Conference to be held Nov. 16-17

The 14th annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 16-17 on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, as a joint effort between Iowa State University and the UI Office of Sustainability. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations.

This year’s theme is “Rekindling the Light Within: The Art and Science of Organic Farming.”

A reception, featuring local and organic food and drinks will kick off the conference at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 in the UI Memorial Union. Following the reception, at 7 p.m. the movie “Fresh” will be played. “Fresh” explores the growing influence of local and organic markets in the U.S.

The conference keynote speaker is Mary Berry, daughter of Wendell Berry, novelist, environmental activist, cultural critic and farmer. Ms. Berry has spoken all over the country as a proponent of agriculture and in defense of small farmers. She will deliver the keynote address from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Nov. 17.

Tickets are $95 on or before Nov. 7 and $115 after. To register or view the full schedule of events, visit http://sustainability.uiowa.edu.

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

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