Weekly Bits – June 12

FARMING.  UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Join the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation for the 6th Annual Breakfast on the Farm, Saturday, June 20, 2014 from 8:30 am-noon at Iowa’s Dairy Center, Calmar, Iowa.  Eat a yummy breakfast and tour the nationally-recognized Dairy Center.  The kids will enjoy the chance to meet some calves, plus families can visit several educational exhibits, milk a cow and see the newly completed robotic milking units in action.

 

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage

In our partnership with the W.K.Kellogg Foundation, we are regularly in national conversations about food system issues. One of the issues that frequently emerges is equity in the food system. What does food system equity look like in NE Iowa?
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

In a Runner’s World article on how to get kids running, Jenny Hadfield writes, “Setting up our kids to learn to love a lifetime sport like running will change their lives. It just takes a little time to teach the core reasons for why running and walking are such vital activities.” Hadfield suggested tips for encouraging kids to walk and run such as creating a fun goal and training together. Click here for more tips– and a list of upcoming Runs/Walks in Northeast Iowa.
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

With the wrap-up of the school year comes the wrap-up of our Walking School Buses. We’ve had another successful WSB season in Northeast Iowa! Read more.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Laura Liechty

Emily Hammel, Waukon junior and 4-H member, recently coordinated a 5K Color Run for her community. The funds raised from the event went to support the high school FFI team, the cross country team and the Allamakee Farmers Market Coupon program so food pantry clients can get fresh fruits and vegetables. Thank you, Emily for your leadership!

PARTNER NEWS

FREEDOM FROM FUEL TOUR COMING TO DECORAH
Bike-touring folk musician, Paul Doffing, will be offering a concert at the ArtHaus in Decorah on June 26. Doffing will perform songs from his new album, Songs from the (quaking) Heart. This concert as well as others Paul is performing throughout Iowa this summer are supported by grants from the Iowa Arts Council, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

MASTER GARDENER TRAINING IN WAUKON THIS FALL
The Iowa Master Gardener training course will be offered in Waukon this fall, Sept-November. The 11-session training course includes lectures on gardening subjects, from growing vegetables and fruits to designing gardens with sustainable turfgrass.  After completing the course, Master Gardener trainees start their work as volunteers within the community. Upon completion of the 40 hours of volunteer service, the master gardener title becomes official and they join thousands of other Iowa volunteers. Prior experience or education is not required to become a master gardener. Click here for more info.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Sarah Taylor Watts from Iowa Department of Public Health believes it is important that her family eat well and is active. As a working mom of two daughters she is always looking for more energy!  The cheapest and easiest way for her to be active is to add physical activity into her day. But being a mom with limited time requires creativity. Read about her favorite ways to get active.

 

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