In this issue: DBQ Selects Top Priority Food System Projects for 2016-2018 | Farm to Table Dinner Tickets on Sale Now | Farm Crawl One Month Away! | Free Lecture: Food For A Changing Planet 8.25 | National Farmers' Market Week | Over 100 new SNAP Customers participated in Double Up Food Bucks this July!  

LOCAL FOOD NEWS
AUGUST 7-13 
NATIONAL FARMERS' MARKET WEEK 


 
 
Feaured Farmers' Market Vendor
Kristi!

"When I was growing up I hated vegetables" 
 

Kristi Bellman is a 5th generation farmer growing vegetables and cut flowers in Cuba City, WI. Her market stand Kristi's Perfect Produce can be found on 13th street near city hall Saturday morning at Dubuque Farmers' Market. You can also follow her family farming adventures on Facebook and Instagram or visit her farm in person this September 10th on the Driftless Farm Crawl.

Kristi got her start growing vegetables on her family's Wisconsin dairy farm in the 80's. "We always had a gigantic garden... We were poor. Everyone was poor in the 80's. We grew mostly sweet corn, and when I was growing up I hated vegetables.”


Kristi stays connected to the Wisconsin Fresh Market Vegetable Growers Association and has recently made the addition of cut flowers to her small farm. She has two children John and Kate. 



DUBUQUE EATS WELL SELECTS PRIORITY FOOD SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS FOR 2016-2018
 
Similar to how Dubuque's City Council recently laid out their top prioritizes for the years ahead,  after a year of food system evaluation, public input sessions, stakeholder interviews, and review of a lot of data, last month members of Dubuque's Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit leadership team (Dubuque Eats Well) selected five priority projects to develop over the next two years with support from the community and technical assistance from The Iowa State University Community Design Lab. Project groups are now convening monthly to develop & roll out projects

The 5 priority projects include:
  • Bee Branch Orchard Design
  • Farm to School Capacity Building & Outreach
  • Farm to Institution Evaluation & Promotion
  • Sinsinawa Mound Cooperative Farm
  • Double Up Food Bucks Promotion & Capacity Building
Click here to learn more about food system projects in Dubuque and how you can get involved

 FOOD FOR A CHANGING PLANET

FREE LECTURE


AUGUST 25 | 6PM

@ Clarke University - Jansen Music Hall


FREE Back to School Talk with Farmer-Philosopher
Fred Kirschenmann

Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
With opening remarks from Mayor Roy Buol & Clarke Food Science & Environmental Studies Faculty

"Fred is one of the wisest, sanest, most practical, and most trusted voices in the movement to reform the American food system." - Michael Pollen

Clarke University presents Fred Kirschenmann, a longtime national and international leader in sustainable agriculture, farmer, and author of Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher (2010), for a timely and crucial conversation about the future of food in a changing climate. Kirschenman is a professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religious studies at Iowa State University and has received international recognition for his writing on land ethics.

 
"Shake the hand that feeds you."

Driftless Farm Crawl 2016

Self-Guided Tour of Six Food & Farm Destinations in the Tri-State Area

Saturday, Sept.10 | 12:30-4:30PM


Load up the car for a self-guided tour of 6 local farm & food destinations in Dubuque and Southwest WI. Enjoy farm tours, free samples, and kids’ activities at each stop along the way from 12:30-4:30PM.

Of special note to teachers and parents – activities at the Alternative Learning Center will showcase school gardens throughout the county at the elementary, high school and college grade levels.

Connect with resources to expand food and farm education in the classroom & learn more about what happens during Farm to School Month behind cafeteria doors!
 
FREE Farm Tours - Taste Tests - Kids Activities at:
 

Alternative Learning Center (Dubuque)
Dubuque Rescue Mission (Dubuque)
Tree of Life Farm at Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
Two Onion Farm (Belmont WI)
Kristi's Perfect Produce (Cuba City, WI)
Honey Hill Organic Farm & Apiary (Potosi, WI) 
 
Learn more & download a free field guide & map (coming soon) at DriftlessFarmCrawl.com 


TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL DRIFTLESS FARM TO TABLE DINNER 

Sunday Sept. 11th 4:00PM
At the Historic Four Mounds Estate

 


Funds raised through the Driftless Farm to Table Dinner help build capacity for local food systems work in the Dubuque area - funding local foods education at Four Mounds and Dubuque Rescue Mission, and food systems planning efforts at Dubuque County ISU Extension & Outreach.

A beautiful four-course, family style meal - prepared by local chefs using local foods - this one of a kind event is not to be missed! 

 
LEARN MORE & RESERVE YOUR PLACE AT THE TABLE TODAY at
DriftlessFarmCrawl.com

Chef Kevin Sharph of Brazen Open Kitchen  + Bar harvests some kale this week from Tree of Life's fields at Sinsinawa Mound. Earlier this week, farmer Marc Millitzer was injured in a car accident and put a call out on facebook for volunteers. "Always great to get in the garden and remember the hard work that goes in to the food we eat!!" - Kevin Scharph, Brazen


"A viable neighborhood is a community: and a viable community is made up of neighbors who cherish and protect what they have in common."  
-
Wendell Berry 
American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer.
 


Neighbors & Dubuque Community Garden Coalition members gathering this week for a summer potluck at the Washington Neighborhood Community Garden.


Double Up Food Bucks: Status Update
 
Double Up Food Bucks is a healthy food incentives program that matches every SNAP dollar spent at farmers' market with an additional dollar (up to $10/ week) for fresh fruits & vegetables. 

Successfully piloted in over 150 communities across the country - Dubuque is one of 6 markets across the state participating in the 2016 Iowa DUFB pilot program with coordination & support from Iowa Healthiest State Initiative.
(Check out Iowa Healthiest State Initiative's new DUFB Webpage)

Julien's Journal published an informative article on how the program works and how it could be supported by a federal grant program called FININ - Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives Program earlier this month. You can also find more information in  this DUFB presentation I gave at the Inclusive Dubuque Network from earlier this week

In it's first month (July) - over 100 new SNAP customers came to the Dubuque Farmers' Market and purchased over $1,000 worth of local food. Across the state over $5,000 of local produce was purchased by SNAP participants. For more detailed numbers and materials visit 
dubuquefarmersmarket.org/ebt-snap-programs/
NORTH END FOOD STAND 
FRESH VEGGIES FOR SALE
 + Free Tastings & Recipes 

Every week this Summer at 
 Comiskey Park 
Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
 Sutton Pool 
Wednesdays 9-11:30 a.m
Stop by the New Northend Food Stands this season to buy fresh organic produce from local farms including Hideaway Gardens in Durango, & Little Bear Gardens in East Dubuque, IL. A project of UD Student, Allison Mitchell, the new stands offer neighborhood residents a convenient way to buy fresh produce during the week without needing to travel far from home. 

 KIDS AT MARKET 

Bring the Kids to Farmers' Market for Free Samples, Recipes & Activities for Kids of All Ages

Saturday mornings at 11th & Iowa Street9-11:00a.m. 
Americorps Member Allison Simpson demonstrated how to make homemade salad dressing earlier this month at 11th & Iowa st. Kids had fun mixing olive oil, acids (citrus juice or vinegar), and different seasonings & add-ins to create unique and inexpensive dressings. 
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