FFI Bits – Sept 29








Decorah high school students lend a hand to shuck local sweet corn for lunch.

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

Join us for “Living in the Middle of Everywhere“– a Transportation Summit on October 18 at NICC in Calmar that will dive into discussion about all things transportation, including ways to increase quality of life for residents and how to improve our economy’s productivity. Click here to learn more.

Join Iowans across Iowa for the Annual Healthiest State Walk on Oct 4! Here are some fun walks happening in the region. Happy walking!

WEST UNION “Walk More. Connect More. Family Fun Walk” from 5:30-7:30pm at West Union Rec Center (More info: jlwegne1@gundersenhealth.org)

FAYETTE  “Get Your Walk On” from 3-4pm starting at Fayette Public Library (More info:kellymd@iastate.edu)

DECORAH “Progressive Walking Supper” from 5-7pm starting at Carrie Lee Elementary (More info: abril@uerpc.org)

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

The Iowa FoodCorps team chose Decorah as the location for their annual orientation last week. The three days were packed with speakers and site visits to Seed Savers Exchange, Luna Valley Pizza Farm, and Turkey River Farm for their annual Harvest Party.



EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

The Robert and Ruth Walker Charitable Fund has sent another $60,000 gift to the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative to fund the Fayette County Farm to Early Care and Education (F2ECE) Pilot Program. Allamakee New Beginning (aka Iowa Food Hub) is the fiscal sponsor of the gift.

The Harvest of the Month for September has been melons!  At Central Community Schools and Decorah, Monona, Cresco, and Guttenberg Head Starts kids have been learning all about melons.  We have been digging deep into how and where they grow and the different varieties of melons. Read more.

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

BURGERS!  More schools are grilling local burgers this fall to celebrate Homecoming and Farm to School. Decorah has added a fall grill-out as well as Riceville! The county Cattlemen groups continue to step in and help.


TRUNKFUL  Over 212 pounds of pie pumpkins were harvested from the Postville school garden by the 4-H Garden Club members and Master Gardeners and are heading to the cafeteria.




RICEVILLE FARMERS MARKET  A year ago, Riceville community members asked for your Facebook vote to support their application for a Wellmark Community Kickstarter Grant for the Riceville Farmers Market. They received the grant to obtain an inclement weather building and extend the vending season. They created this video to show their progress. Thank you for your support.


A 2013 British study found that simply walking in green spaces may put the brain into a state of meditation. #WalkNEIA #WalkMoreConnectMore

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