About Us

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Healthy Harvest of North Iowa is a network of local food leaders across North Iowa – farm and food business owners, consumers, elected officials, community leaders, public health, educators, economic development, and more!

Healthy Harvest of North Iowa is led by a part time staff, a Steering committee and working group teams.

This network works together to foster the health and vitality of our North Iowa communities through development and support of a sustainable regional food system.

Executive Director:

Jan Libbey

Program Director:

Andrea Evelsizer

Special Project Manager:

Marie Boyd


Roz Hemberger, Winnebago County (Chair)

Peter Ausenhus, Worth Brewing Company, Worth County (Vice Chair)

Susan Wulf, Franklin County (Secretary)

Julie Kaduce, Cerro Gordo County (Treasurer)

Josh Nelson, Praire Cardinal Farm, Wright County

Wendy Johnson, Joia Food Farm, Floyd County

Elizabeth Faber, Cerro Gordo County

Who We Are


The mission of The Healthy Harvest of North Iowa is to lead and strengthen diverse partnerships to build a sustainable regional and local food system that brings health and vitality to our communities.


The vision of Healthy Harvest of North Iowa is to be the resource for creating, developing, and supporting a community-based North Iowa regional food system.


Our priority focuses are production, distribution and retail, access and consumption and organizational capacity.

We pursue these priorities at the producer level by coordinating educational workshops, encouraging producer networks, providing technical support, and working on expanded market development. We publish the annual North Iowa Local Food Guide.

We pursue these priorities at the community level – connecting producers and food businesses and beginning local food system conversations that lead to programming.

We pursue these priorities at the regional level – facilitating the North Iowa Local Food Coalition‘s quarterly meetings. The Coalition seeks to be a broad based effort to help identify and connect the dots of relationship, technical, business, and communication assets of local and regional food system development that improves the health, economic, and environmental sustainability of producers and communities in North Iowa.