Weekly Bits – April 7

West Union on the MOVE! On Monday, West Union leaders didn’t let the rainy weather slow them down in launching their community-wide walkability effort to encourage residents to get out and get active. 5-days-a-week Walking School Bus, community walking maps, daily Whistle Walks, “take a book, leave a book” Little Libraries and more. Way to get walking, West Union!


FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

There is still time to sign up for a CSA membership and have local food delivered or reserved for your each week. Click here for the 2017 Iowa CSA directory.


If there isn’t a CSA dropsite near your town, the Iowa Food Hub is accepting new food box locations for the 2017 season. Food Boxes are a convenient way to bring local food to your community, and can include vegetables, dairy, eggs, meat and more. Food box locations need to have 10 members to get started. Want to learn more? Visit www.iowafoodhub.com.


EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

There is an interesting history behind National Library Week (April 9-15). It relates well to our NE Iowa Food & Fitness 5-2-1-0 message. In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Sound familiar? More.


ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

Take part in the statewide walk/bike to school PUNCH CARD contest this spring. A 10-day challenge from April 24-May 5 to get kids active and feeling good!



The Cook This! 4-H Culinary Challenge event encourages youth to formulate teams to compete in three challenges: culinary, communications, and trivia. This is coming up on Saturday, May 13th from 10 AM – 2 PM at Postville High School. More.


SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

JOBS FOR ASPIRING FARMERS  Practical Farmers of Iowa is once again partnering with experienced farmers across Iowa to offer aspiring farmers several on-farm job opportunities through Practical Farmers’ Labor4Learning program. Several northeast Iowa farms are participating in the program and are seeking employees.



Would your family enjoy visiting an operating farm?  A farm visit can be a tremendous learning experience and also great family fun. Seeing how a farm operates and the effort that goes into growing crops or raising livestock provides appreciation for the food we consume daily or becomes an eye-opening experience on seeing non-traditional crops being grown. Further, its a great opportunity to try new products, foods and beverages produced from those crops. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, check out Visit Iowa Farms at www.visitiowafarms.org where you will find a listing of farms across the state willing to host visitors.

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