Health and Local Food Systems

How do we improve our citizens' health if we don't improve our local food system? We should not let the large, integrated food system coop the progress made by those working on our local food system. Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation North Carolina says they are just starting to understand how the two concepts of local and health can achieve healthier communities. ...
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Lincoln Highway’s Corridor Management Plan

As you may know, Prairie Rivers of Iowa manages the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway, one of 11 byways in Iowa (a byway is a road specially designated by the United States or by the State of Iowa for its distinctive qualities).  Part of our work along the byway is telling the story of the people and places of the Lincoln Highway, by working to preserve its history, by promoting local businesses and events, and by working with communities and statewide organizations to recognize its unique character.  If you've seen us at a motor tour stop, presenting to a community group, or read a Lincoln Highway brochure, you've seen some of our work on the byway. Beginning this spring, we are launching a three-year initiative: creating a new Corridor Management Plan for the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway.  A Corridor Management Plan, or CMP, is a document that both reveals the assets of the Lincoln Highway and creates a plan for preserving and...
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Small Container Gardening

Spring seems like it is slowly creeping in.  Which means I am starting to think about being outside and possibly trying to grow some stuff.  This year I am trying something new, small container gardening.  If you do not have a backyard, have space restrictions, or want something that is convenient this is the perfect option for you. There are great resources available to help folks start their own container gardens.   Resources: Cultivate Iowa - http://www.cultivateiowa.org/garden/ "Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces" by Gayla Trail         ...
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Registration now open for the April 8th Iowa Local Food Conference

Keynotes and panels will highlight the growing number of opportunities available to food producers in their local networks. Conference attendees can participate in three tracks: food hubs, processing centers, and marketing.   Registration is now open at: www.leopold.iastate.edu/2014-iowa-local-food-conference<http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/2014-iowa-local-food-conference>   Reduced-price early registration ends on March 28. The conference is geared to general audiences, students and vendors, and will be of interest to small growers, business owners and food service personnel, as well as others who are interested in the growing local food system in Iowa.   Contact Lynn Heuss for details, including scholarship application questions, at leheuss@i   Keynote speaker Lucie Amundson is the marketing brainchild behind her family's pasture-raised chicken business, Locally Laid. Her social media savvy led Locally Laid to the final four in a national competition for small businesses to earn a 30-second TV spot at the Super Bowl.   Sponsored by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Local Food and Farm Initiative (LFFI) and the Iowa Food System Working Group with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the...
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Searching for Gold

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, many people are turning their attention to all things green. The same is always true here at Prairie Rivers of Iowa. We are all green when it comes to conservation and natural resources. We are also looking for those with some gold or green to partner with us to continue to move our mission forward to help our communities with natural resources and conservation. Are you willing to help us? Giving is easy through Dwolla. Also, if you are on a nature hike this next week and curious about how to find a four-leaf clover, here is a helpful how-to: http://www.wikihow.com/Find-a-Four-Leaf-Clover ...
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Work on New Cabins Continues

The Iowa outdoors provide scenic summer views and breathtaking color in the fall. Prairie Rivers of Iowa hopes that local residents and visitors alike will be able to enjoy these natural beauties year round. The Log products program has assisted the Hamilton County conservation board to construct several white oak cabins.   Local publications are taking notice of the unlimited potential the cabins will bring to local tourism. The Daily Freeman-Journal recently chronicled the cabins progress.(http://www.freemanjournal.net/page/content.detail/id/523606/Work-on-new-cabin-continues.html?nav=5006 )   The Log Products program provides conservation boards across Iowa with future opportunities to increase tourism and local revenue.  ...
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