Today was the Iowa Network for Community Agriculture’s annual conference, in Marshalltown this year. The local foods movement is getting much more visibility. Both State of Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey and Senator Tom Harkin (head of committee writing new farm bill) showed up.
I did a presentation with Jay Wagner from essentialiowa.com – I talked about the nuts and bolts of local food and Jay talked about his experience to “Eat Iowa” for a year – to try to eat nothing but food grown in Iowa.
There is a traditional potluck (ever been to a potluck for 150? -ok the solstice party at our house is close, but not that big!). Here’s part of the spread.
Linda had a good and long conversation with the Senator’s Ag staffer about the program at MCC. Here’s another feather in Linda’s cooking hat. As Senator Harkin was leaving, he shouted out – who made the white chili?Â I want the recipe. Once again, Linda had to step forward with a cooking honor of sorts.