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A community assessment is a description of a community and its people. The purpose is to identify the needs of a community in order to provide services appropriate to those needs. A watershed-based community assessment is a description of the people who live within a watershed. The goals of a watershed-based community assessment are to to identify the water quality knowledge of the people, determine the concerns they face and weigh citizen enthusiasm for implementing a watershed improvement project.
Iowa Learning Farms was created in 2004, with field days and meetings beginning in 2005.
The program provides regular reports to our funding partners, most of which are listed here.
This Field Day Toolkit is the product of Iowa Learning Farms’ many years of planning and hosting field day events across the state of Iowa. While ILF utilizes many different outreach approaches, the importance of farmer-to-farmer interactions cannot be overstated. Field days do matter!
Iowa Learning Farms partners with Water Rocks! to bring audiences the Conservation Stations—a fleet of mobile learning centers that educate audiences of all ages on different conservation aspects. Each trailer houses a unique combination of highly visual and interactive Iowa-centric demonstrations that delve into the impacts of land management choices, both urban and agricultural, on water quality and the connections between our state’s water, soil, and wildlife.