Weekly Bits – June 23

At the Allamakee 4-H Bike Daycamp, the campers learned about bike safety and did the 11-mile loop on the Trout Run Trail in Decorah.


FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

If you know any school-age children, you have probably participated in a school fundraiser at some time. Just like any other school activity, if your school chooses to do fundraisers, they should communicate the same messages that support the goals of a healthy school environment while still earning money. Here is a story about a fundraising pilot we tried with MFLMarMac and Iowa Food Hub and products from NE Iowa farms and businesses.


EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Miss Jesse Waller and the kiddos at Rainbowland worked hard to create a wonderful food celebration for their parents and families.  Miss Jesse’s class spends time learning, experimenting, and trying recipes and activities in conjunction with the Farm to Early Education curriculum. This year, the students explored poultry and eggs, cucumbers, asparagus, and potatoes as well as a few other local treasures.  With Miss Jesse’s guidance students reviewed the recipes they tried throughout the year and chose their favorites to prepare and share at their celebration. Offerings included pumpkin cookies, peanut butter yogurt dip, cucumber water with cucumber slices, pumpkin graham cracker frozen treats, and energy bites made with oats.


ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

It’s been another successful spring Bike Rodeo season in Northeast Iowa. Nearly 2000 students reached with life-saving walking/biking safety education and over 600 brain-protecting helmets handed out…pretty darn impressive!



MYSTERY 5K  Allamakee County 4-H Council member, Andrew Mellick, will be hosting the first annual ‘Mystery 5K’ Run/Walk on Saturday, July 15 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds. This event is open to all ages. Participants will be given a clue at the beginning of the race. They will then need to identify the Waukon landmark the clue is describing. Racers will then be given a clue at the next destination until they reach their final destination. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Allamakee County Relief Office.


SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

CLAYTON RIDGE  Students in Mrs. Lawrence’s class learned about food by comparing and contrasting foods grown locally to foods grown throughout the nation. The students concluded that most of the farm products grown on large farms in Iowa are for animal consumption, while gardens and farmers markets supply foods for families to eat.



As one of the home garden’s most prolific produce items, zucchini challenges us to find new and tasty ways  to include it in our meals. On the May 25 episode of Iowa Ingredient, Chef Katy Meyer of Trumpet Blossom Cafe in Iowa City wows with zucchini’s versatility in a variety of recipes. You’ll also learn some zucchini growing tips, and some life lessons too, from a dedicated farmer at Patchwork Green Farms in Decorah.

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