SNAI is Iowa’s state organization of school nutrition professionals committed to advancing the quality of school meal programs through education and advocacy.

Conference Tour Descriptions

Sinsinawa Mounds Collaborative Farm

Journey to the home of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters

located outside Dubuque county on a naturally majestic

450 acres.  Learn about the rich history of the Sinsinawa

Domincan sisters while touring the beautifully landscaped

property.  The Sinsinawa Dominica Sisters share their

grounds with local farmers through their new Collaborative

Farm launched in 2017. Here you will find out what makes

this farm such a needed part of our local food system.  The

Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm offers land, education,

infrastructure, and mentorship to beginning farmers. By eliminating some of the biggest barriers beginning farmers face, they make it possible for the farmers to explore a career in agriculture with little financial risk or up-front capital investment. Hear directly from farmers as they talk about their experience and learn how you can make a connection with your local farmers to help celebrate the Farm to School movement.

Prairie Farms Milk Processing Plant and Brimeyer Dairy Farm

Learn how your school milk makes it from the farm to the tray. 

You will get the opportunity to visit Prairie Farm’s milk

processing plant and be led on a tour of what happens to our

milk once it leaves the farm and before it ends up in the crate

in your milk cooler. After the production plant tour, you will

travel to a nearby dairy farm where you will witness the innovative robotic systems now in place at many of the dairy farms supplying local milk to us on a daily basis.     

Extreme Makeovers at two Dubuque High Schools

Come walk through the newly renovated kitchens and student

cafeterias at both Dubuque Senior High School and Wahlert

Catholic High School. Improvements include the renovation of

the new kitchen area, food court serving areas, and a new café.  

Learn about the successes and challenges of working on a tight

timeline with school administrators and design consultants.