Weekly Bits – July 27


Fayette County 4-H’ers at the Growing Greener 4-H Greenhouse hosted soil health expert and conservation agronomist Ray Archuleta for a youth field day packed with activities and attended by over 55 youth and adults. Attendees learned that microbes and other soil organisms make soil healthy and help crops grow, but tillage can wreck their homes and make it hard for them to do their work. The youth put tilled and untilled soils through a series of experiments, in which the no-till soils held up and the tilled soils fell apart. They also built model soil aggregates with foam balls, pipe cleaner, and silly string. The group was able to find and spray-paint roots and worm holes in a large unearthed piece of Loran and Brenda Steinlage’s cornfield.


FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

DID YOU KNOW…53% of the hogs at the Allamakee County Fair went to lockers to be processed so families can fill their freezers with locally raised meat?


EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Opportunities for families to gather and learn more about their child’s development are vital to child development success. The early childhood Family Fun Nights are a great way to model healthy behavior. (Oelwein)


ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

RAGBRAI is rolling through northeast Iowa! It is fun to see how the communities are showing off their towns!



Students in the Oelwein summer school group experimented with “curly green things” in their cooking this summer. The 5th graders made garlic scape pesto and added it to gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.


SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

SEEKING SERVICE MEMBER FOR NEW HAMPTON  The Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities and the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative are looking for applicants to be an AmeriCorps service member for New Hampton and St. Joe’s schools. Join a team of passionate folks serving area schools in order to integrate healthy living into school culture through modeling and education.


When it comes to kids, a lot of their snacks are looking a little too much like treats. Case in point: The snack served when kids gather in a group for sports, clubs, church, playdates, and camp is all too often cookies, chips, cupcakes, gummy fruit snacks, and fruit punch. These are treats–not snacks–and the difference is important. Here’s why it matters.

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