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

Upcoming Events

Johnson County Food Policy Council meets on the third Mondays of the month, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, next meeting is Monday, September 19. 

Attend in person at the Johnson County Administration Building, 1st Floor Betty Sass Conference Room (913 S Dubuque St., Iowa City) or on Zoom. Meetings agendas are posted a week in advance at and include Zoom information.


Johnson County's Local Food System 

Johnson County is a unique region in Iowa where the rural landscape meets our urban centers in many dynamic ways. We are a brilliant mix of talent, experience, and culture. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors and staff are committed to building a thriving local food system -- where the environment flourishes, businesses succeed, and everyone has access to diverse and culturally relevant food.

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 Food

Got Veggies? Learn about Community Supported Agriculture

There are several Community Supported Agriculture farms in our area that residents can join. Johnson County Local Foods, Public Health, Field to Family, and local farmers hosted a webinar to share information about CSA and the benefits of becoming a member at a local farm.

Watch the webinar recording here.


Field to Family Local Food and Farm Guide 

Field to Family created this resource to make it easier for consumers to find and shop for local food in our region. Visit their virtual guide to explore farms, restaurants, and stores that offer local food!

View the Local Food and Farm Guide here


Johnson County Farmers Markets

There are several farmers markets across Johnson County. Some markets or market vendors accept SNAP/EBT and Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks. Visit these markets to meet local farmers and find fresh produce, meat, and other goods. 

View list of Johnson County Farmers Markets here. 


Local Food events