Weekly Bits – Aug 11

Fun day at Central School Garden Club trying out grilled beet pizza with the Turkey River Farmers! (Elkader)


FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

Local and regional food systems development can be a tool to help solve some of the nation’s most pressing challenges, including economic and community development, obesity prevention, family farm preservation, food security, and environmental protection. Food hubs are emerging as a critical link in bringing local foods from the farm to the table for everyone. Learn how FFI and ISU Extension are supporting food hub growth in Iowa.


EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

The Iowa Pediatric Obesity Mini CollN State Team recently attended the Pediatric Obesity Nutrition mini Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) meeting June 13-14. Iowa team members included staff from Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children and Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness. The Iowa team is working on facility-level interventions and access to healthy environments. The team will be developing a web-based toolkit promoting the best practices in Farm to Early Care and Education and piloting Farm to ECE activities in 3-5 childcare centers and in-home providers.


ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

The Iowa Cancer Consortium is seeking public feedback on the 2018-2022 Iowa Cancer Plan draft, which will serve as a road map for comprehensive cancer control efforts in Iowa (prevention, early detection, treatment and quality of life) for the next five years. The deadline to submit comments is MONDAY, AUGUST 12 at noon.


On October 4, the Healthiest State Initiative will host the 7th Annual Walk across Iowa! They have a goal of an organized walk in all 99 counties! Grab some friends or coworkers and register a walk in your community!



Macie Weigand recently completed her FEEST internship. Here are her thoughts about the year.  (MFL MarMac)



WILDFLOWER WALK  Winneshiek County Conservation will be hosting a summer wildflower walk at the Decorah Community Prairie on Aug 13 at 2:00 pm. Join Winneshiek County Conservation staff in exploring the prairie to see what’s blooming this time of year. The event is free and no registration is required. Meet at the butterfly garden at the Decorah Community Prairie, located across the dike at Ohio Street. For more information, visit www.winneshiekwild.com or call (563) 534-7145.


GET YOUR WALK ON IN WAUKON  Veterans Memorial Hospital will be sponsoring their 24th annual 5K Cardiac Classic Run/Walk Saturday, August 19 in conjunction with the Waukon Corn Days celebration. This year, the event welcomes a shorter walking route with an optional 5K to offer distances that will please everyone of any age or ability that wishes to participate. Representatives from the Healthiest State Initiative will be on site as well to promote the upcoming community state-wide walk October 4. Information and maps on the Walk More/Connect More website for all area communities in the hospital’s service area will also be available.


DECORAH SIDEWALKS  A total of 150 letters have been sent out to property owners in the City of Decorah which tell them they have until August 1st of next year to build or repair a sidewalk in front of their property. The city has been divided into five circles that start in downtown Decorah and work their way out to the city limits to make sure sidewalks are interconnected. More.


LITTLE FARMERS PRESCHOOL TO OPEN  Decorah will soon be the home of a new preschool and daycare. Little Farmers Preschool and Daycare — the area’s first farm-based, state-licensed preschool — will be opening this fall just two miles north of Decorah on Hwy 52, under the direction of Allison and Josh Phillips. “Little Farmers Preschool and Daycare will have a coop full of chickens, bunnies, flower and food gardens (where the children will harvest produce for some of their meals), and a large natural playground equipped with the fixings for fort-building, slides built into the hillside, and lots more,” said Phillips.



U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Aug. 6-13 to be National Farmers Market Week. This is the eighteenth year USDA has supported local producers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from, the farmers and other vendors at their local farmers market. Click here to find a market near you!

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