Events Calendar

May 4 from 12:30 to 1 pm CT Lunch & Learn: Bridging the Gap Between Farm and Family

We’ll highlight efforts to expand and strengthen local and regional food systems in Iowa. IFU will unveil its recent publication, Iowa Farms to Iowa Families: Farm Fresh Iowa Recipes and Stories, with a reading and remarks from John Gilbert, a contributor to the cookbook and a Hardin County Farmer. Then we’ll hear from Michelle Kenyan on the seasonality of local food and Field to Family, an organization that works to create a more local, healthy, and sustainable regional food system. To learn more about Field to Family, visit Following remarks, John and Michelle will receive questions from the audience.

More on the Iowa Farms to Iowa Families Cookbook:  In Iowa, we are graced with amazing soil, abundant water, and changing seasons. We also have lowa farmers who raise produce, meats, and nuts for the rest of us to enjoy. That means fresh, local produce is available for much of the year. In a first-of-its-kind cookbook, the Iowa Farmers Union has compiled recipes and stories to remind us what is in season, when,and how to cook a delicious and nutritious meal at any time of the year.

This cookbook project of the Iowa Farmers Union is made possible by funding from the United States Department of Agriculture through the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer to consumer marketing to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. 

IFU is distributing the first 200 copies of the cookbook free of charge to members. We invite you to complete the order form by visiting, and we will mail the book directly to you or your chosen recipient.


May 5 from 12 to 1 pm CT Grassroots Legislative Update & Meetup with the Iowa Environmental Council

Join us for an update on the Iowa legislative session with the IFU lobbying team. After a general update on what’s happening with the Iowa Legislature, we’ll hand the mic over to Alicia Vasto, Water Program Director for the Iowa Environmental Council. Alicia will give the group an update on priority bills for the Iowa Environmental Council this session.

More on the Iowa Environmental Council: “For more than 25 years, the Iowa Environmental Council has been the largest environmental coalition in the state, leading the way in addressing urgent concerns impacting people and the planet. Since 1995, IEC has addressed issues related to water quality and land stewardship; in 2005 we added efforts to advance renewable energy in Iowa. Today we recognize that climate change and environmental justice are root causes of the challenges Iowa faces around water quality and land stewardship and continuing our push for a 100% clean energy future. We cannot address these individually without addressing them collectively.” To learn more about IEC, visit

Instead of a traditional webinar-style discussion, attendees will join us in a zoom meeting room, so they can ask questions and express their thoughts vocally. 


May 11 from 12:30 to 1 pm CT Lunch & Learn: Mom's Homemade Cooking with Patricia Tate

What is better than Mom’s Homemade Cooking? – Stories and Recipes from an Iowa Mother

Marian Tate was a fantastic culinary artist, for whom cooking was a way to express both her endless creativity, and the infinite love she had for her family. She was a tirelessly devoted wife and mother of eleven children. She’d inherited from her Swedish mother the belief that life was best enjoyed with a little something sweet each day, and her recipes and practices in the kitchen made a lasting impact on her family. To celebrate Mother’s Day and the launch of our Iowa Farms to Iowa Families Cookbook, Marian’s daughter, Patricia Tate, will share four recipes from her mother, accompanied by the photos and stories to go along with them.

IFU members, to order your complimentary copy of the Iowa Farms to Iowa Families Cookbook, visit



For more information about upcoming events, please email us at [email protected] or call Christina Dexter at (816) 738-5402. 

Iowa Farmers Union
PO Box 1883 Ames, IA 50010-1883
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