Filling up

Pullets explore outside their coop

Yesterday was the Leopold Center’s Marketing and Food Systems Initiative workshop. I was there to co-present on a little side project I’ve been working on. That meant I also got to sit in on some of the sessions. And what I found out is that there are some really cool things going on around the state to develop local food systems.

One session I attended was about new tools for building local & regional food businesses. One is the U.S. Food Market Estimator, which helps you calculate potential demand for over 200 individual food items for every county in the United States.

Another is a web-based local food ordering template, which I’m quite excited about. It will be released around May 1st through the Leopold Center’s website, free of charge for you to integrate into your own website. It can be used by individuals or groups. I’m hoping we’ll be able to make this work for ordering for our winter deliveries next year. Or possibly for pre-order for farmers market this summer.

The project I was there to talk about is a website I’ve been developing with Penny Brown Huber for the Grow Your Small Market Farm program. It’s still under construction, but take a look at what we’ve got so far.

Conferences like these are one of those things that “fill me up”. (And this one also literally filled me up with a wonderful all-Iowa lunch!)

Tomorrow…I’ll introduce you to our 3 newest residents. Stay tuned!

4 years ago:

Noon scenes

Working the plan


3 years ago:


Hollywood week wrap up

2 years ago:

I spent my evening…

Garden, March 28

What we’re afraid of

1 year ago:

And so it begins

Good for what ails you

Another new bird sighting

Nine, ten, a big fat hen

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