Contact Information

Ilsa DeWald
Local Foods Coordinator

Phone Numbers


Johnson County Administration Building
Board of Supervisors Office
913 S. Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Local Food events

The purpose of the Council is to improve dialogue and discussion and provide necessary advice on food and agriculture issues to the county, municipalities, community boards, local agencies, nongovernmental organizations, businesses, and other interested groups. The Council will address food system issues in the county, including the development of the Council’s Governing Principles and strategic goals, data-gathering, research projects, and policies to address food system issues.


Upcoming Event

Johnson County Food Policy Council is hosting a Local Foods Storage and Processing Roundtable
Wednesday, July 21, 2021, noon - 1:00 pm

Register here to receive the Zoom link.

The purpose of this roundtable discussion is to explore local foods storage and processing needs to help develop a recommendation for community investment and connect with those who are in need of new food storage and processing space. There will be a discussion about what a shared food storage and processing space might look like, where it could be located, and how it would function.

Local Foods Storage and Processing Roundtable poster


What is the food system?

The food system is defined as the chain of activities connecting food production, processing, distribution, marketing, transportation, access, consumption and waste management.

Local foods in Johnson County

In the fall of 2015, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors created a new position - the Local Foods and Planning Specialist - as part of the Planning, Development and Sustainability department. In 2018, the Local Foods Coordinator position was moved to the Board of Supervisors Office. The Local Foods Coordinator works closely with the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, county planners and community partners to increase local food production and access in Johnson County.

By creating this position, Johnson County is acknowledging the importance local foods have in our county, and that by developing a community-based food system, we are supporting all sectors of our environment - from public health to conservation..

Why local foods and the County?

The food system has significant, daily impacts on the residents of Johnson County in terms of the environment, the local economy, employment, the transportation system, public health and waste. Everyone eats, therefore everyone is engaged in the food system.

In Johnson County, we see the need to build the community resources of our food system - and we are working to create a robust system that promotes worker's rights and builds resilience in the natural environment. The advancement of our local food system will enhance rural and urban economic development, increase access to nutritious food and build equity in our community.

Find local foods

Got Veggies? Learn about Community Supported Agriculture: Joining a CSA allows you to subscribe to a share of a farm's weekly bounty, make connections with a local farmer, and increase the amount of fresh, local produce in your diet. Learn about CSA with Johnson County Local Foods, Public Health, Field to Family, and local farmers, and find out if it is right for you!
Watch the webinar recording here