In good company

Project ID: 
M2011-15
Project Description: 
This project, coordinated by Hometown Harvest in southeast Iowa, will research business structure options for a group of producers who have a strong interest in working together to supply local food markets. Producers also will participate in a Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOTs) analysis of market opportunities and business structures.
Project Location: 
Davis
Jefferson
Keokuk
Mahaska
Van Buren
Wapello
Years of Grant Project: 
1
Total Grant Amt: 
3750
Program(s): 
Date: 
2011
Lead Investigator: 
Jan Swinton
Lead Investigator Affiliation: 
Pathfinders Resource Conservation and Development
Lead Investigator Email: 
Lead Investigator Bio: 

Jan Swinton is the local food coordinator at Pathfinders Resource Conservation and Development serving the Hometown Harvest of SE Iowa region. She has a masters in public administration from Drake University.

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Co-investigator(s): 
Elisabet Humble, Pathfinders Resource Conservation and Development (former)
Abstract: 

Efforts by a group of southeast Iowa producers to create an aggregated marketing organization yielded mixed results.

Key Question: 

What would it take to form a group of producers who might act as one?

Answer: 

It would take a legal structure that every member bought into, an efficient mode of marketing and selling that covered transportation costs in the food mark-up, a group of like-minded individuals who really wanted (or needed) to make the project work and an administrator who was a creative problem-solver and sufficiently dedicated to the project.

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PDF Short Report: 
Completion Year: 
2011
No Report: 
Quarter: 
3
Special Project: 
Staff Notes: 
<p>PI changed from Elizabet Humble to Jan Swinton on 6-22-2012</p> <p>Humble bio (removed):</p> <p>Elisabet Humble is the Local Food Coordinator for Pathfinders Resource Conservation and Development. For Humble, full-time local food projects include a Farm to School initiative that has six school districts finding farm-to-fork healthy meals for students, and a Farm to Institution program that is looking to bring the same delicious, home-grown foods to hospital patients and elderly people.</p>