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Feed your curiosity about food, farming

By Staff | Feb 3, 2015

DES MOINES – The importance of food labels, sustainable farming and what farmers are doing to improve water quality are a few of the issues to be discussed during the Iowa Food and Family Project’s Des Moines Home and Garden Show, starting Thursday through Feb. 15 at the Iowa Events Center.

Iowa FFP’s food and farming showcase is located at booth No. 1411 and will feature a variety of activities and contests including:

  • The opportunity to meet and visit with farmers including Cristen Clark, of Runnells, a blogger of food and swine.
  • Chat with Iowa Girl Eats blogger Kristin Porter about her personal journey into agriculture.

Porter will also be signing Iowa FFP’s “Let’s Cook!” cookbooks from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 14. Cookbooks are available at no cost while supplies last.

  • Enter to win an iPad 2 and other fun prizes

“People have a growing interest in food and how it’s grown and we value the chance to be a trusted resource,” said Iowa FFP’s Lindsey Foss. “Even in Iowa, a place where one of every five working Iowans are employed by agriculture, people want a more personal connection with those who grow their food and want to know what farmers are doing to provide safe food sustainably.”

The show is open from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Iowa Food & Family Project champions the continuous improvement of Iowa’s farm families and their dedication to providing wholesome food.

It involves nearly 40 farm and foodservice partners and serves as presenting sponsor of the Iowa Games and supporter of Live Healthy Iowa.

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