Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District

Growing the Local Food Movement in Johnson County: Share Your Vision

  • February 08, 2014
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Montgomery Hall, Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road, SE, Iowa City

Join the Johnson County Food Policy Council and special guests to learn about and discuss farm conservation, edible landscapes, local food impacts and policies to support farmers in Johnson County. In addition to presentations from local and regional local foods professionals, the forum will have plenty of opportunities for attendees to share their ideas.

Keynote speaker is Kyle Richmond, a member of the Dane County, Wisconsin, Board of Supervisors, who also is a member of both the Dane County Food Council and Madison Food Policy Council. Supervisor Richmond will share how those bodies have worked with farmers and the community to create positive changes within the county’s local foods movement.

Grant Schultz of VersaLand, a 145-acre learning farm near Morse, will talk about soil and water conservation. VersaLand develops code, systems, and machinery for sustainable farming systems, and shares its knowledge through public workshops.

Fred Meyer, founder and director of Backyard Abundance, will discuss edible landscapes. Backyard Abundance is a Johnson County environmental education nonprofit that helps build vibrant communities by creating beautiful, resilient landscapes that provide healthy food and habitat.

Anyone with an interest in Johnson County’s local foods movement should attend this forum, including farmers, restaurateurs, environmental groups, municipal officials, students and consumers.

The Johnson County Food Policy Council, created by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, is a volunteer citizen-led group with the purpose of improving dialogue and discussion and providing necessary advice on food and agriculture issues to the County, municipalities, community boards, local agencies, nongovernmental organizations, businesses, and other interested groups.


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