Weekly Bits – June 10

59e8ac0c-1be9-43a1-bed4-cf2cd3340b0eA crew of Fayette County 4-6th grade 4-H members spent last Friday on a Explore Fayette County Tour where they visited local farms and businesses including Shrimptastic, AMPI, Unionland Market, Iowa Food Hub, Fassbinder Apiaries, Rolling Hills Greenhouse, Country View Dairy and the Fayette County 4-H Greenhouse. It was a busy day!

 

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage

My favorite session at the National Farm to Cafeteria conference was the tour of the Madison Metro School District production kitchen, and the FEED Kitchen where a local non-profit prepares a local fruit or veggie snack every week for Madison school’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack program. About 1000 pounds. We’ve already started brainstorming how to do this program here. Call me if you want to help!

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Rainbow Land Director, Jesse Waller and her staff recently hosted a family night to showcase what the children enrolled there have learned this past year with their Farm to Early Care Education program. Tables overflowed with photos of children learning, exploring and cooking with monthly featured foods. There were foods featured throughout the year prepared and ready to taste along with the recipes.

 

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

14 Northeast Iowa communities with Walking and Biking School Buses this spring! Nine new routes! 250+ students actively traveling to/from school! 250+ students better prepared for learning and growing!

 

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Laura Liechty

“FFA members — our communities need doctors, lawyers, mechanics, restaurant owners, farmers, factory workers, teachers, welders. Our rural communities need leaders. Our rural communities need us, and we need our rural communities,” Michael Tupper, 2015-16 Iowa FFA President, New Hampton.

 

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

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Northeast Iowa was well-represented at the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Madison, WI last week!

 

PARTNER NEWS

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout northeast Iowa during the summer while school is out of session. Some sites offer both breakfast and lunch, and other sites offer educational programming. Check them out!

 

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