The Iowa Food Systems Council’s Food Access and Health Work Group Presents Spring into Action with Cultivate Iowa

March 11, 2014 @ 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Iowa Arboretum
1875 Peach Avenue
Iowa 50156

At the Iowa Arboretum

Please join the Iowa Food Systems Council’s Food Access and Health Work Group to learn how you can implement a Cultivate Iowa campaign in your organization or community. Cultivate Iowa is a social marketing campaign that encourages low-resource Iowans to consider food gardening to increase their food security; and encourages gardeners to plant or harvest extra to donate to food pantries or other organizations within their community.

Keynote Speaker

“ – No Food Left Behind”

Gary Oppenheimer

Founder and Executive Director of

 As a CNN Hero, speaker, award winner, Master Gardener, and long time techie, Gary Oppenheimer will address the structure and the structural flaws in the American food bank network and how the current public understanding of it actually contributes to food and nutrition problems across America; how attendees can diminish hunger, malnutrition, food waste and diet-related illnesses in their own community using resources –especially commercial, community and home grown – that already existing in their own community; and how we all can better explore the opportunity to use technology in an innovative way to enable or perform charitable functions.

Following the keynote presentation will be a dynamic panel of organizations that will share how they integrated Cultivate Iowa into their programs and services; hands-on food and garden demonstrations; and distribution of Cultivate Iowa materials. The Iowa Food Systems Council Board will be meeting following the Spring into Action event.

RSVP Today!

To reserve your Cultivate Iowa campaign materials, exhibit space and lunch, RSVP today at

For More Information

For more information about the Spring into Action with Cultivate Iowa event, please go to or visit the Facebook page at

 Funding for this event provided by the Iowa Food Systems Council’s Food Access and Health Work Group, Seed Savers Exchange and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.


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