Weekly Bits – Nov 18

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

The Wellmark Foundation awarded 30 Community Kickstarter grants totaling $277,654 for initiatives intended to make Iowa communities more active or improve access to healthy foods. The Northeast Iowa grant recipients are:
$10,000             Harpers Ferry Family Splash Zones
$10,000             Monona City Park  Trailhead, Monona
$10,000             New Hampton TRIBE Trail, New Hampton
$10,000             New Hampton School New Playground Equipment
$10,000             Supporting and Sheltering the Farmers Market, Riceville


FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will be awarding grants to ten Iowa projects to help enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa. One project has a direct connection to the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative. Iowa Valley RC&D in Cedar Rapids will receive $23,735 to maximize the USDA Group GAP Program through the increased membership of the Iowa Food Hub’s Group GAP Consortium by providing technical assistance by developing and implementing food safety plans of five new member farms.


TEN MORE YEARS  This week, partners from across the region representing all facets of the food chain gathered at Luther College for a reunion of sorts. Old friends were reunited, and new friends were made. After a delicious hyper-local meal, the group celebrated ten years of food system milestones before breaking into groups to dive into discussions about the next steps in production, aggregation, distribution and food access. Their eye was on the next ten years.
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Great field trip with TigerHawk Preschool in West Union! Thanks Mrs. Larson and class! A big shout out to Down’s Produce and Butterscotch! They were closing for the season, but happily let the class come and get winter squash for food of the month learning and eating!



Waukon FFI members joined West Elementary for lunch and delivered local apples for a taste test last week. It was thumbs up everywhere.


SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

LIFE AFTER FOODCORPS  Ever wonder what FoodCorps members do after their service? Really. Cool. Things. Check out Molly’s mission to bring real food to Grinnell College. Molly was the FoodCorps service member in Oelwein the last two years.


BULK GARLIC  Chef Chad from Decorah schools posted a video on how they peel large quantities of garlic from their school garden and roast it for later use in school meals.


SIMPLE SCHOOL ENERGIZERS Need some new ideas to keep your kids moving afterschool or on the weekends? During a workshop in Washington, DC, school leaders were challenged to create simple energizers using basic school supplies such as markers, sticky notes and tape. See their top 10 physical activity breaks and try them at home with your kids.



WINTER FOOD BOX  The Iowa Food Hub is offering a Winter Food Box program to residents in Waukon, Elkader, Fayette, West Union, Oelwein and New Hampton.


Subscribers will receive five deliveries of our favorite, locally-produce winter veggies delivered every other week, January 16-March 13. You will receive produce staples like potatoes, onions, beets, squash, apples, sweet potatoes, hot house tomatoes, dried beans and salad mix.


The Winter Box is a one-time payment of $150. If you sign-up by December 16, you can receive 10% off the rate. In addition, subscribers will have the opportunity to add meat, eggs, bread and dairy products by shopping our a la carte page and have those items delivered with your winter box. Reserve your box today! Payment is accepted by Paypal or by check.


SCHOOL WELLNESS OUTREACH TOOLKIT  Engage school staff and parents in school wellness using these ready-to-go communication tools. Sharing news about your Local School Wellness Policy is easy with these flyers, presentations, newsletter articles, and social media posts. Your school can personalize them to make them specific to your Local School Wellness Policy activities.


This Thanksgiving, the state of Iowa will be represented in the spotlight of the nation’s historic holiday tradition as President Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey. This year, the National Thanksgiving Turkey hails from the state of Iowa.

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