UNI Local Food Program

Creating a regional food and agriculture system that benefits local land and local people



The mission of University of Northern Iowa’s Local Food Program is to make locally grown foods more visible and easily available for residents of Black Hawk, Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Grundy, and Tama counties. By working with local farmers, institutional buyers, community leaders, and consumers, this program strives to create a regional food and agriculture system that benefits local land and local people.
 
The program offers technical services and networking opportunities for local farmers, buyers, and consumers in the region. The UNI Local Food Program is directed by Rachel Wobeter, local food program manager and Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership coordinator. Financial support for the UNI Local Food Program is received primarily through competitive grants and local donors.
 

UNI Local Food Program Manager
 
Rachel Wobeter directs the UNI Local Food Program at the CEEE. She works with local farmers, institutional buyers, community leaders, and consumers to create a sustainable, regional food and agriculture system. Rachel offers technical services and networking opportunities for local farmers and buyers in Black Hawk, Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Grundy, and Tama counties. She coordinates the Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership, the UNI Buy Fresh Buy Local program chapter, and is a member of the Regional Food System Working Group.
 

Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership
 
A network of local farmers, buyers, community leaders, city and county officials, school staff, and anyone interested in supporting the local food system. The Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership (NIFFP) seeks to be part of a broad based effort to create a more local & regional food system that improves the economic viability & environmental sustainability of producers & communities throughout Iowa. NIFFP meets in Cedar Falls 4-6 times a year or as needed.