Weekly Bits – March 24

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

NEW CASE STUDY  The term shepherding calls to mind images of fluffy white sheep grazing on a hillside, watched over by a keen-eyed caretaker and his dog. In a new case study featuring the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, shepherding refers to a method of developing strategic partnerships between a paid staff member of an organization such as extension, and local food systems stakeholders. Shepherding can be used to engage a multi-county region to create change in food systems. More. Continue reading

Cooking Club Learns Healthy Snack Recipes

This month in cooking club, we focused on making healthy snacks. Previously, I had asked the kids what they wanted to make at the next cooking club. I presented them with a few options, one of my favorites being kale chips. To my surprise, a majority of the kids wanted to make kale chips. Some of the 4th graders at New Hampton remembered when I did a taste test in the beginning of the school and remembered enjoying them. Continue reading

Cross-Age Teaching about Healthy Heart Foods

Two students from 7th grade on the wellness team at St. Joseph Community School decided they wanted to teach a lesson about healthy heart foods in the spirit of Valentine’s Day with pre-schoolers and 1st/2nd graders. They came up with lesson and ideas all on their own and arranged scheduling a time to go into the classrooms. Unfortunately, late starts and snow days prevented us from doing this closer to Valentine’s Day. Continue reading

F2S Grant: Spicing Up the Garden

Guest post by Tammy Stotts, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

 

Since legislation passed in 2007 for the Iowa Farm to School Program, few Farm to School initiatives have had more impact than the A Garden is the Way to Grow initiative.  Gardening empowers students by offering them a hands-on learning experience, teaches them about growing food and gives them the opportunity to get outdoors. Continue reading