GROW HERE: Ramping Up the Local Food Economy


On the heels of a new study on the emergence of local food hubs as an economic force in Iowa, Ecopolis Iowa City featured leading food experts and advocates at its forum, "Grow Here: Ramping Up the Local Food Movement" on Saturday, March 28, at the Iowa City Public Library.

No one understands this better than Chef Kurt Michael Friese, a nationally acclaimed food advocate and Iowa City author, and owner and "chef emeritus" of the renowned sustainable cuisine Devotay restaurant, who has spent the past three decades in the forefront of the local food and slow food movement in the heartland, and across the country. Co-publisher of Edible Iowa River Valley with his wife Kim McWane Friese, Friese has written for numerous national publications, including the Huffington Post, and is author of A Cook's Journey: Slow Food in the Heartland and most recently,Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail.

The Forum also included Dubuque County local foods coordinator Carolyn Grace Scherf, local food entrepreneur Kyle Sieck, and University of Iowa student garden leaders Sophie Coker Gunnick and Andrew Hirst,