Weekly Bits – Sept 1

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

(Above) The Healthiest State Initiative kicked off their new walking campaign in Waukon on Aug. 19. They are hosting a Community Contest – so get your walk on and post those pictures to their social media page! Tag your community and use hash tag #GetYourWalkOn to be entered to win $1000 to support health and well-being in the community.


FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

School districts throughout eastern Iowa purchased over $65,000 in food from local farms in the 2016-17 school year with help from the Iowa Food Hub. The data includes schools from Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Dubuque, Howard, Fayette, Linn and Winneshiek counties. Schools purchase local fruits and vegetables, beef, pork, turkey, yogurt and milk from the hub. K-12 schools have purchased over $234,000 from the Iowa Food Hub since 2013.


EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Children were invited to the city park to participate in activities hosted by the Clermont Public Library through their summer reading program. This year’s theme is Build a Better World so we talked about building a better, healthier self by making good food choices and eating habits to be healthy. Students assisted me in reading the story of the Foolish Old Lady who chose not to exercise and eat nothing, but junk food.  After the story the children and I discussed the importance of eating healthy snacks and getting out and being active. The students were able to identify the negative aspects of junk food as well as the benefits of eating fresh, local foods.


While you are out and about, add a stop on your play route with Rotary Park in West Union.


SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

Schools have started and some schools had local food on the first day. Laurie Smith from Postville shows off fifteen pounds of salad greens from the school garden. They also served local hamburgers to welcome students back to school.



Can you think of a better way to cap off summer than with a day that begins at the Winneshiek Farmers Market, makes a toast at Winneshiek Wildberry Winery, gets growing at Seed Savers Exchange, raises a glass at Empty Nest Winery, satisfies your hunger at WW Homestead Dairy, and ends when you raise the roof for a cause at the Winneshiek County Fair Grounds? Neither can we. Check out the Winneshiek County Farm Crawl September 2.



There is still time to do some fall gardening, or second plantings. Whatever you call this midsummer pursuit, its goal is the same—to prolong the growing season and reap more from your precious garden real estate, even after the peak of summer. Here are some tips from Seed Savers on fall plantings.

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