UNI project aims to increase food production in surrounding counties

April 26, 2011

Andrea Geary, program manager, UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education, 319-273-7883, andrea.geary@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- With an ever-increasing interest in purchasing locally produced food, the Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership (NIFFP) at the University of Northern Iowa is launching a new project aimed at increasing the number of food producers in Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Buchanan, Grundy and Tama counties.

The NIFFP is looking for participants interested in piloting a farming project with support from various community partnering institutions. Black Hawk County has committed to providing publicly owned, vacant lots for the pilot project. Participants will be provided temporary use of land, horticultural assistance, business plan development and marketing assistance, as well as opportunities to connect with local food buyers.

Additionally, the NIFFP is seeking landowners who are interested in providing small segments of unused land to the participants. Yards around uninhabited farmhouses with existing access to water would be ideal.

The project is supported by Black Hawk County, Cedar Valley Resource Conservation and Development, ISU Extension, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education, and the UNI Regional Business Center.

For more information, contact Andrea Geary at 319-273-7883.