Child care providers learn about local

By Staci Hemesath and Teresa Wiemerslage

 

Local food training workshops for child care providers were held on October 2, 9, and 16 at the Kirkwood Corporate Training Center in Hiawatha, IA. Training was led by Teresa Wiemerslage, field specialist with the ISU Extension Local Foods Team and was coordinated by Kelly Hanson with the Association for Education of Youth Children. Continue reading

Impromptu Gardening Lesson leads to Taste Test

I was working after school in my office after a day of walking around the middle and high schools to introduce myself. I left my room to grab some materials from the printer, when I overheard 3 students badgering the secretary about who the ‘new woman’ was that they had seen during the school day. Seeing me, the secretary introduced the students, who decided to stay for a while and help me in the gardens in order to ask me questions about the FFI Program in their school. Continue reading

Waukon FFI Club Kicks Off New Year

The Waukon High School Food and Fitness Club (FFI) has been resurrected! Five mixed-year high school students felt they were not being taught enough in school about how to cook and provide food for themselves after graduation. Students, especially seniors, voiced concerns of inadequacy when it comes to shopping for food, eating healthy foods, cooking meals, and reading recipes. Other students came forward and expressed their desires to learn how to grow healthier foods as a way of saving money in the future. As students heard about this club, attendance grew from 5 students to 35 regular participants. Continue reading