Weekly Bits – March 17

(Above) MFL Mar Mac middle-schoolers take advantage of yoga offered during study hall.


EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Growing up on a farm as a ‘free range’ child and now married living on a farm, I always knew there were benefits in dirt. Yes, I said DIRT! If you have any children in your life I recommend you take time to read this book.


ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

Think spring! The spring Walking School Bus (WSB) season in Northeast Iowa will start in April. Contact Ashley for more info on WSBs in your community or to get one started. Kudos to our year-round WSBs out there– keep on inspiring (and motivating) us all!


FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

IOWA CSA DIRECTORY  Ever heard of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? It is a fantastic way to eat fresh healthy food. By becoming a CSA member you are making a vote for a healthy environment, community, healthy people, and your local economy. Learn more by clicking the link below! It’s not too late to sign up for your very own CSA box this summer!


LOCAL FOOD DIRECTORY Time to get listed! Click here to place your ad in the 11th annual Upper Iowa Local Food Directory. There will be a new look to the directory this year as we transition to a new logo with an “Iowa Grown” feel. Get signed up by April 1!



Macie Weigand is passionate about creating a cooking club or offering more cooking classes. “I would like to do more cooking clubs, telling people ‘we’re going to learn how to make chicken strips or ranch dressing.’ It’s just as simple, but less processed,” she explained.


Through the National 4-H Healthy Living Summit, Weigand said she learned “there are a lot more ways to teach about cooking classes and the science of food.” Weigand also discovered that she wants to keep FFI, and all she’s been introduced to through it, in her life as she approaches graduation and considers potential careers. “I didn’t know what to expect,” she remarked, “but it made me more passionate about what I want to do in Food and Fitness.”


SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

USDA STANDARDIZED RECIPES These recipes are standardized to provide updated crediting information, including the vegetable subgroups. LOTS of the vegetables featured are grown in Iowa, so these can be a great tool for getting innovative with Iowa-produced foods!


IOWA AG LITERACY FOUNDATION RESOURCES The latest issue of Iowa Ag Today from the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation has been mailed to 4th grade classrooms. This issue focuses on plants and animals as they are used for food, fiber, and energy. This is a great tool to teach science and language arts concepts. You can request printed copies by sending an e-mail to: info@iowaagliteracy.org. In addition, their Lending Library is full of resources. There are books, CDs, DVDs, kits, posters, games, and more. Contact them at info@iowaagliteracy.org to check out resources for FREE!


Smells like summer! Dill from the Decorah High School greenhouse is being used for homemade bread and deviled eggs.


So much good happens when people come together for a meal. Check out this great video about how food brings people together.

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