Jan Swinton and Local Food Advocacy

Here’s a fantastic blog, featuring an article on Fairfield’s own local food leader Jan Swinton. Enjoy exploring!

The Search for Convenient Resilience

Our stay in Fairfield, IA connected us with local food advocate, Jan Swinton. We met up with her for a delicious lunch at one of Fairfield’s Indian restaurants, and then hit the town for a tour of various Fairfield sustainability initiatives, concentrating on their local food movement.

Jan’s current project is a farm to school food program, but it’s a work in progress. The goal is to provide schools with healthy, local produce. Jan estimates that currently less than 1% of school food is produced by local farmers and that’s a number she aims to increase. It’s hard for schools to accept just a percentage of their food from local producers, Schools require a lot of produce and most local farmers simply don’t have the capacity. In order to make useful connections between schools and farmers, Jan has to convince farmers to increase their production. In order to do that…

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