Micro-farming: Reducing rural and urban food deserts through job training

Project ID: 
M2012-13
Project Description: 
The project leader is developing an innovative 42-hour continuing education course at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs to train a new generation of farmers and increase the amount of fresh, healthy and affordable food available in southwest Iowa’s regional food deserts. The course will cover business and financial planning, land acquisition, equipment selection and maintenance, crop/animal selection, water and soil quality, and marketing and promotion.
Project Location: 
Cass
Fremont
Harrison
Mills
Page
Pottawattamie
Shelby
Years of Grant Project: 
1
Total Grant Amt: 
16994
Program(s): 
Date: 
2012
Lead Investigator: 
Matt Mancuso
Lead Investigator Affiliation: 
Iowa Western Community College
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Lead Investigator Bio: 

Matt Mancuso is the sustainability coordinator for Iowa Western Community College. He is responsible for creating new sustainable programs, enhancing sustainability in the current curriculum, providing outreach to both the school and the community, as well as identifying possible ways for the campus to become more eco-friendly.

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Abstract: 

The Dream to Farm: Micro-Farming program was created and extensive follow-up took place for a year afterwards. Participants were placed in three different categories: contributing, developing and not contributing to the local food system.

Key Question: 

Could a continuing education program for aspiring local farmers increase contributions to the local food system?

Answer: 

The Dream to Farm: Micro-Farming program was created and extensive follow-up took place for a year after the project. Participants were placed in three different categories: contributing, developing and not contributing to the local food system.

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Completion Year: 
2012
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Quarter: 
3
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