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CEEE recruiting for project, hosting networking event

Contact: 

Andrea Geary, local food program manager, 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 -- The Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) at the University of Northern Iowa is implementing a new urban-agriculture project and is recruiting potential growers. The CEEE will also host a networking event for local food growers and buyers interested in making connections with one another.

The recruiting event will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Meeting Room B at the Waterloo Public Library, 415 Commercial St., Waterloo. The CEEE received funding from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture to implement an urban-agriculture project. The two-year project's goal is to cultivate a new generation of urban food growers. The Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership at the CEEE, along with the UNI Regional Business Center, Iowa State University Extension and Black Hawk County, will work together to support new food growers in an effort to create incentives to work in this vital area.

The networking event, hosted by the CEEE in conjunction with the Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership, will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 28, at Moo Roo, 3015 Kimball Ave., Waterloo. This event is designed to build and develop relationships between growers and consumers of local food. This relationship resulted in $2.7 million in local food commerce in 2009, and the event is designed to expand this relationship to an even greater level.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrea Geary, local food program manager at the CEEE, at 319-273-7883 or andrea.geary@uni.edu.