Southern Iowa Local Foods Initiative's Mission

Southern Iowa Local Foods Initiative (SILFI) is working to build healthier, more prosperous communities by creating vibrant, regional, local foods systems. By supporting local farmers and growers, we can support sustainable food practices that improve food security, health, the environment, community ties and local commerce.

SILFI Farmers' Market Video

Southern Iowa Local Foods Council

Alexi Groumoutis, Local Foods Coordinator, formed Southern Iowa Local Foods Council in 2012. The food council provides a unique forum comprised of diverse stakeholders who meet monthly to discuss and work on projects and issues that revolve around local foods.

Current Members:


Alexi Groumoutis – Local foods Coordinator
Brian Zachary – Creston Farmers’ Market Manager
Dale Raasch – Bridgewater Farm
Victoria Brammer – Parents as Teachers Educator at SWCC

Regional Food System Working Group

Alexi Groumoutis, Local Foods Coordinator is a member of the Regional Food System Working Group. Representatives from more than 25 groups across Iowa meet quarterly to discuss and coordinate efforts to build more vibrant regional food systems.

Uptown Creston Food Crawl

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Organic Ag Field Day

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Alexi Groumoutis, Local Foods Coordinator

alexi.groumoutis@southerniowarcd.org

Office: 641-782-4033

Mailing Address:

SIRC&D
609 New York Avenue, Suite B
PO Box 343
Creston, IA 50801

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Past Projects

Uptown Creston Food Crawl


Alexi Groumoutis, Local Foods Coordinator for Southern Iowa Local Foods Initiative hosted the Inaugural 2013 Uptown Creston Food Crawl, a celebration of locally sourced foods where patrons walked from business to business sampling culinary delights made with ingredients sourced from local farmers. Patrons enjoyed live music and met the farmers who grew the food. Pictures taken by Lisa Sawtelle.




Organic Ag Field Day at the Neely-Kinyon Farm


Practical Farmers of Iowa in partnership with Adair County Extension hosted an Organic Ag Field Day event at Iowa State University’s Neely-Kinyon Research farm South of Greenfield, IA, August 18, 2015. Alexi Groumoutis was asked to give a presentation on Southern Iowa’s Local Food’s Initiative. Additionally, she gave a hands-on demonstration on lacto-fermenting sauerkraut (Victory Krout!). There was a group of about 30 folks who showed up (which apparently was a low turnout due to the rain earlier in the day) and enjoyed a complimentary locally sourced meal. Practical Farmers of Iowa is an excellent resource for aspiring, beginning and existing farmers.





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