FFI Bits – Oct 27

Postville’s first FEEST event of the year was a chili cook off with a twist. They added pineapple, all kinds of beans, squash, chicken, pork, or ground beef.


FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

The Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Network gathered at Humble Hands Harvest this month! Check out this blog post about the event and Hannah Breckbill and Emily Fagan’s farm story.

Two weeks ago, Iowa Food Hub’s delivery truck was in an accident, rendering it inoperable. They are still waiting to hear from insurance, and have been renting a truck in the meantime – to the tune of $250 per day. A GoFundMe page has been started to help with these unexpected costs. $2720 has been raised so far. Offline donations are accepted. Thank you!


$260 STILL NEEDED  The Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) is matching donations dollar for dollar (up to $1000) to this campaign. This challenge is open to all Luther College staff, students and alumni. Make a donation and mention #Lutherloveslocal in the comment and your dollars will be matched by the CSC.

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

Decorah is one of 10 Iowa communities that have been selected to participate in the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning program in 2018. Since 1996, 245 Iowa communities have benefited from the Community Visioning program. To qualify for the program, a community must have a population of fewer than 10,000 residents, existing transportation-related issues and a committee of volunteers willing to dedicate their time and talents to the visioning process. The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Landscape Architecture Extension and Trees Forever.

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

ELKADER  In celebration of National Farm to School Month, farmers Pete and Natasha welcomed the Central Garden Club to their farm near Elkport. The kids made garden bracelets and explored the vegetable gardens. We found new bugs, new smells, and plenty of colorful elements. We also got to press and taste fresh apple cider! We ended the field trip by feeding the pigs apple scraps leftovers from cider pressing.

FARM TOUR  The school FoodCorps and AmeriCorps service members had lunch in West Union this week before visiting Country View Dairy and the Iowa Food Hub to learn how local foods get to schools.

If you are looking for fundraising ideas for your school or organization, think LOCAL.The Iowa Food Hub Fundraising Program featuring foods grown and produced in northeast Iowa. Items include meat, cheeses, jams, pickles, honey, yogurt and more. More.

How do kids celebrate healthy living during National 4-H Week? 

With 4-H Yoga!


The Iowa Food Hub is again offering a Winter Food Box program to residents in Waukon, Fayette, West Union, Oelwein and New Hampton. (Additional sites can be added depending on demand.) Subscribers will receive six deliveries of our favorite, locally-produce winter veggies delivered every other week, December 4 – February 19. $30 per delivery. Pay in full by November 23 and take 15% off. Check out the website for details.

The Iowa Food Hub is offering a Thanksgiving Box to residents in Waukon, Fayette, West Union, Oelwein and New Hampton. This one-time delivery of local produce with a local turkey option will take place the week of November 13. Check out the website for details.


The shorter days and cool weather mean that soup season is here! Check out ISU’s Spend Smart. Eat Smart. website for quick, easy, healthy and affordable soup recipes.

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