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School Lunches are Changing!

Posted: August 29, 2012
For the first time in 15 years there are major changes in school lunches that will result in healthier meals for kids. What's changing? The new school meals will contain more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; low-fat or non-fat milk; and less sodium and fat. The meals will also be "right sized" portion sizes will be based on a student's age.the school day just got healthier
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Tour de Allamakee County (T-DAC) Bicycle Event Set for Sept 15

Posted: August 13, 2012
The second annual bike event of the Tour de Allamakee County (T-DAC) will offer cyclists a breath-taking view of scenic Northeast Iowa while pedaling through the winding roads of Allamakee County past the Yellow River during the fall foliage. The Postville Food & Fit Team is encouraging individuals, families, and groups to get out for the day and enjoy the views while getting physical exercise. The event is set for Saturday, Sept. 15.
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Decorah creates permits forms for boulevard gardens

Posted: August 6, 2012
The City of Decorah now has a permit form for residents with boulevard gardens.
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Food and Fitness Initiative Seeking AmeriCorps Members

Posted: July 10, 2012
The Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative (FFI) has been awarded four AmeriCorps positions to serve schools and communities in northeast Iowa for one year starting Sept. 1. The four AmeriCorps members will join a team of enthusiastic people working in over 20 schools to promote farm to school, active kids and school wellness.
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Workshops set for Veterans and Other New Farmers

Posted: June 29, 2012
As with any small business, starting a farm requires thoughtful goal setting and a good grasp on basic financial management and marketing. Three "Planning for Profit: Marketing and Financial Management for New Farmers" workshops are being put on by the National Center for Appropriate Technology in Iowa during July. As interest in farming increases among returning veterans and others, the workshops will help prepare people for a career in farming.
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Local Food and Farm Initiative starts second year

Posted: June 29, 2012
The statewide Local Food and Farm Initiative (LFFI) program has received a second year of funding from the Iowa Legislature. An allocation of $75,000 was included in the agriculture and natural resources budget approved by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.
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Turkey River Summer Safari Begins

Posted: June 25, 2012
The first Turkey River Recreational Corridor (TRRC) Summer Safari began over Memorial Day weekend in Clayton and Fayette counties in northeast Iowa. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, this summer-long adventure will take area residents and visitors to new and favorite places along the Turkey River valley.
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Newly-revamped Farmers Market opens with bang

Posted: June 25, 2012
New Hampton's newly-revamped Farmers Market opened its 2012 season last Thursday night, and to say opening day went well, would be ... well ... an understatement of giant proportions.
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Local Food Directories Available

Posted: June 10, 2012
The Northeast Iowa Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter announces the 2012 Local Food Directory is available. The directory has been connecting consumers with direct marketing farmers for years. Buying local products from farmers keeps money circulating our communities.
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Valley cultivates healthful habits with garden project

Posted: June 10, 2012
Students at Valley Community School will be learning firsthand what it means to reap the benefits of a well-cared-for piece of land. A large garden was planted on school grounds last week with the help of students from preschool through fifth grade. The V-shaped planter bed is located behind the school building with a smaller one near the front entrance of the elementary.
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