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's 8th Annual Public Forum

Farm to Institution Purchasing: How Do We Increase Sales?

Wednesday, June 8, 6:00-8:00 PM on Zoom 

This year’s forum will work to motivate change in the community to increase local food purchases made by institutions, such as universities, schools, nursing homes, and hospitals.

Attendees will hear from a panel of guest speakers who will discuss topics such as infrastructure needed to facilitate farm to institution sales, how various disruptions have impacted sales, and the complexities of wholesale pricing. Following the panel, attendees will meet in break-out rooms to discuss next steps for our community. Panelists include:

  • James Nisly, Local Producer & Food Hub Manager
  • Marlie Wilson, Chicago Food Policy Action Council 
  • Michael Graham, University of Iowa Dining
  • Teresa Wiemerslage, ISU Extension & Outreach

Registration is required. Register here. 


Local Food Funding Opportunity

2022 Farm to Street Dinner Application for Funds RaisedLogo for the Farm to Street Dinner featuring a light green leafy background with a leek vegetable in the center and the words Farm to Street written on a dark green background resembling a street sign below this image are words presented by the City of Iowa City, Johnson County and the Iowa City Downtown District


EVENT: Farm to Street Dinner on Thursday, August 18, 2022 from 5:00 - 8:00pm

The Iowa City Farm to Street Dinner is a local food event presented as a joint effort between Johnson County, the City of Iowa City, and the Iowa City Downtown District as a fundraising event for local food initiatives. The mission of the Farm to Street Dinner is to bring together members of Iowa City's diverse, vibrant community to share a table, a story, and a meal, while supporting our local food system.

Each year, the revenue from the Farm to Street Dinner is awarded to an area organization that is working to enhance our local food system. Applications are selected based on the below criteria by a committee of volunteers who organize the event, including representatives from the previous year's awardees. This application is open to all Iowa City/Johnson County organizations who meet the below criteria.

The selected beneficiary can receive up to $8,000.

Learn more about the expectations of the selected organizations, organization criteria, and access the application to submit by clicking on the application link below.

2022 Farm to Street Dinner Application for Funds Raised


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


Local Food events