Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Completed Competitive Grant

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

Project ID: M2012-13

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?

Findings: 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.

Lead investigator: Matt Mancuso, Iowa Western Community College

Year of grant completion: 2013

This competitive grant project was part of the Leopold Center's Marketing Initiative.

Topics: Human systems, demographics and beginning farmer programs