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Mike Boyle visits with friends at Hardacre Community Garden.

Have you heard the news?!!

Hardacre Community Garden’s very own Mike Boyle has been nominated for the United Way of East Central Iowa Volunteer of the Year Award! As all of us involved with the garden know, Mike is the heart and soul of this project and has tirelessly dedicated himself over the years. Mike has literally volunteered thousands of hours of his time,  overseen the local production and distribution of several thousand pounds of food; and done it all for the satisfaction of educating the public and helping neighbors in need.

In addition to his efforts with the garden, Mike further combats food security issues through the Feds Feed Families campaign in his work with the USDA at the Tipton Sevice Center. Mike is also extremely active in the Lions Club and can often be found involved in various service projects. (And really, this is  just the tip of the iceberg…)

If given this award, Mike will receive five hundred dollars to donate to the charity of his choice, and has graciously decided that he would put this money to use at Hardacre Community Garden and to serve food pantries in Cedar County.

Please take a moment to show your support for Mike and our Community Garden by voting for him at the link below. You can vote as many times as you would like, so let’s go crazy and help push him over the top. Honestly, this honor could not be bestowed upon a more worthy individual, and we are very proud of Mike for this wonderful recognition.

Click here to vote for Mike Boyle:  http://unitedwayofeastcentraliowa.org/annual-volunteer-awards/


While you’re at it, scroll down to the group nominees and cast a vote for the Herring family, who do great work volunteering with Habitat for Humanity builds here in Tipton. And don’t forget to help spread the word by sharing this on Facebook and encouraging your friends to vote as well. Thanks!


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CC LocalFood

Please hold the date, and plan to attend the first Cedar County Local Foods Summit to be held Wednesday, February 13th from 6-8pm at the Cedar County Extension Office meeting room, 107 Cedar Street, Tipton, Iowa.

In addition to attending, we need your help in notifying others with an interest in Local Grown Foods and the emerging desire in the growing and consumption of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Please forward this information on to others, thank you.

There seems to be a consensus of interested local foods producers wanting to network and build interest in the promotion of locally grown produce. This meeting is a great chance to do just that and more.

A local-non-profit group will host this meeting and are looking for Local Foods Producers, Farmers Market Vendors, Master Gardeners, Garden Clubs, School Personnel, ISU Extension Staff, USDA Staff, Government, Business Leaders and the general public to begin this discussion and disseminate information on locally grown foods.

This meeting is free and light refreshments will be available. No registration is necessary, but attendance is certainly encouraged. If you’d like to know more contact Mike Boyle at mike.boyle@ia.usda.gov

Guest Speakers at this meeting include Jason Grimm and Cindy Heilmann, their bios follow:

Jason Grimm

As the Food System Planner with Iowa Valley RC&D, Jason is the project manager of the RC&D’s Regional Food Initiative where he co-coordinates the Field To Family Regional Community Food Coalition. The Coalition is local and county governments, health authorities, schools, producers, non-profit organizations, food processors and developers who are working to build a sustainable food and agriculture system in the Iowa Corridor Region that includes Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Linn, Tama, Poweshiek, Washington, Cedar and Jones counties.

Jason’s projects include beginning farmer and rancher training, the Iowa Valley Food Co-op, Food Policy Council organization and implementation in Johnson and Linn Counties, Regional Farm to School Chapter development, Come to the Table Summit and collection of regional food system metrics.

Jason and his wife live in Coralville where they practice urban agriculture in their yard and work heavily on their family’s small diversified farm south of Williamsburg raising corn, alfalfa, small grains, black beans, produce, beef, and poultry.

Plan on attending the following future event:

Third Annual Come to the Table Summit that will be happening on Feb 15th in Iowa City.

Here is the registration page with more info: http://2013cometothetablesummit.eventbrite.com/#

Jason Grimm
Iowa Valley RC&D
Food System Planner
Office: 319.622.3264
Cell: 319.270.3890

Cindy Heilmann

The daughter of a farmer and a native Iowan, Cindy Heilmann eats what she grows in Goose Lake, Iowa, on her 45-acre farm that is USDA certified organic. Her garden includes 41 varieties of produce, and last year her tomato plants alone numbered 400. Last fall, she planted 6,000 heads of garlic by hand. Cindy enjoys the taste of organic & heirloom produce, she cooks and cans. Cindy understands the environmental and health benefits of sustainable farming and is a local & organic food advocate. As the facilitator of the PACG Local Foods Initiative Seed Library, she understands the need to treasure our seeds. Cindy offers her fresh organic produce at the Davenport Freight house Farmers Market.

Cindy Heilmann

Heilmann Hawkeye Acres Organic Farm

3570 210th St

Goose Lake, IA 52750



Please forward on to others and plan on attending to learn more about regional locally grown foods.

Thank you.

Mike Boyle

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