Des Moines Register 10-29-06 Grassroots Free meals feature locally grown foods Producers and food buyers are invited to free meals featuring locally grown foods in three locations around Iowa. The free meals will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Carnegie Cafe in Lake City; at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Downtowner Restaurant in Atlantic; and at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at the Fairfield Golf and Country Club. Participants will hear representatives of the Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign and the Iowa Farmers Union. Fred Kirschenmann of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture will speak at the Fairfield meal. To make reservations, call (800) 775-5227 at least four days prior to the meal. Workshop to discuss emerging agribusiness The economics of alternative and organic enterprises, consumer demand for natural and organic meat, and other emerging business opportunities for farmers will begin at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Gateway Conference Center and Hotel in Ames at a workshop hosted by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Presentations will be made on more than 30 projects currently funded by the center, including niche markets for pork, organic flax, local and regional foods and crops for renewable energy and fiber production. There is no charge, but registration is required by Thursday to ensure a lunch ticket. For information, e-mail [email protected] or go to www.leopold.iastate.edu.