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The Linn County Food Systems Council this week released their finalized food system assessment, a project initiated to better understand the Linn County food system, hear from those working and living in it, and understand how Linn County can increase production and improve access to healthy, local foods.
With financial help from a matching Wellmark grant, the LCFSC was able to make this assessment possible. The Council went through a competitive bidding process to select New Venture Advisors (NVA), a consulting firm that specializes in food system planning and infrastructure development, to complete the assessment.
With help from NVA, the Council spent the last year conducting the assessment focusing on four key areas in our food system: production, procurement, processing, and barriers to entry and expansion of businesses working within the food system. New Venture Advisors held two series of interviews for key stakeholders and sent surveys out to three different stakeholder groups: growers, buyers, and food businesses. NVA also used secondary research that accessed public and syndicated data to create an overview of the local, regional, and statewide food systems. After synthesizing interview notes and survey responses, NVA put together the baseline of our food system and key recommendations to help drive change.
“We decided to conduct a food system assessment because it was important for us, the Council, to get a better picture of our food system and understand the areas where we can make real change happen,” said Council co-chair Laura Seyfer. “During the process, we saw firsthand how a disruption, such as COVID-19, along the supply chain can have serious impacts on the entire food system. We want a vibrant and diverse local food system for Iowa. The knowledge gained from this assessment will help us achieve that goal.”
The food system assessment was finalized in November 2020. Below are the highlights and takeaways from the assessment.
View the full assessment: https://www.linncounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/15070/Linn-County-Food-System-Assessment-Final-Report
Food Systems Council Next Steps