The Iowa Food Hub (IFH) is an innovative nonprofit working to connect farmers, families, and food grown close to home.  IFH unites the mission and vision of these partners by managing the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.

Primary Activities:

  • Food Box Program
  • Delivery services for hire
  • New market development and research with a focus on schools, institutions and grocery stores
  • Farm to School
  • Local food procurement and sales

Like a demonstration farm, IFH advisors and staff conduct research, and what is learned is transferred through educational programs and materials for the farmers to learn what works and doesn’t work.  Farmers can apply this new knowledge to their farm with less risk than had they done the research themselves. IFH and its partners have been successful in securing private and public grant funds to develop this business model as an example for other organizations and to offer this specialized type of technical assistance to farmers and food producers. Click here to see some our research projects and results.

IFH programming focuses on: 

  • Small and medium-sized farm viability
  • Food access and equality
  • Local economic development
  • Job creation and retention
  • Beginning and established farmers
  • Food System research and education


ANB Board Members:

Kim Baker, Fayette County
Alice Runde, Winneshiek County
Lynn Isvik, Fayette County
Manly Bigalk, Howard County
Kyle Holthaus, Winneshiek County
Betsy Peirce, Winneshiek County
Elizabeth Happ, Allamakee County