This project will build on the Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit created in 2014 by the ISU Community Design Lab and funded by a Leopold Center competitive grant. Team members worked in three Iowa communities -- Cedar Rapids, Cresco and Des Moines – in a year-long strategic planning process to understand and create a holistic food system that connects urban, rural, local and regional efforts to promote food accessibility in each community. The team will continue to work with the three pilot communities as the program is established in three additional Iowa communities yet to be determined.
Nadia Anderson is associate professor in the ISU Department of Agriculture where she teaches interdisciplinary design studies and seminars on urbanism, leads the Bridge Studio program and co-directs the Iowa State Community Design Lab. She also is a Community Development Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. She works with Iowa communities to develop environmentally, socially and economically sustainable strategies and is involved in the post‐flood revitalization of the Time Check neighborhood in Cedar Rapids. She also works with rural and urban communities on collective energy production, alternative transportation and sustainable storm water management for those typically underserved in tradition economic systems.
Carl Rogers, associate professor and co-director, ISU Community Design Lab
Courtney Long, Design Fellow, ISU Community Design Lab