FFI Bits – Dec 8

The Postville Cooking Club baked pumpkin muffins using the pie pumpkins they harvested from the school garden this Fall. The Postville 4-H Garden Club transitioned to Cooking Club for the late Fall and Winter months. The elementary-aged students harvested 212 pounds of pie pumpkins from the school garden in September, and the Postville kitchen staff steamed and froze the squash for the school lunch program. Students enjoyed using the vegetables they tended all Summer and Fall in a sweet treat this November.

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

The Iowa Cancer Consortium recently released the newest edition of the Iowa Cancer Plan. This five-year plan provides direction for planning, implementing, and evaluating cancer control programs, research, and policy initiatives.

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

Practical Farmers of Iowa — along with the Center for Rural Affairs, Healthy Harvest of North Iowa and Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Coalition — has been awarded a grant of nearly $578,000 through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). PFI is one of 36 organizations to receive a total of $17.7 million in funding. This funding will be used to support the NE Iowa local food farmer network coordinated by Kayla Koether for the next three years.

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Check out these preschool friends enjoying yogurt from Country View Dairy. Their teachers participate in classroom visits through Fayette County Food and Fitness and are accessing food through the Northeast Iowa Food Hub through a grant. Students recently enjoyed the yogurt at snack time.


Here is an update from the environmental projects monitoring class at Central High School aka Central Green Team. Last year, they installed a large worm bin inside of the bus garage. This year they purchased a stackable worm bin for inside housing during the cold months. All 15,000 of the little red wigglers are happy and warm in their new home. They are still getting fed food scraps from the lunch room. The liquid that comes off the compost is collected and used to fertilize the lettuce that they have been growing in the greenhouse to use in the lunch room.

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

North Winneshiek School students donated vegetables from the school garden to the Mabel (Minnesota) Food Shelf in September and November. This included three pounds of Purple Podded and Dragon’s Tongue string beans, three Buttercup squash, 16 pounds of red potatoes, plus cucumbers and zucchini.


BUMPER CROP  The Luther Gardens had a very successful growing and harvest season! From May-November over 6785 pounds of produce was sold to the cafeteria, equaling roughly $13,000 in sales – a record high for the Luther Gardens! The busiest month was September, during which over 2000 pounds of fresh produce was delivered to the cafeteria! This year’s crops included the famous Luther Gardens cherry tomatoes, beets, kale, squash and peppers. If you attended a Christmas at Luther dinner last weekend you likely enjoyed some of our rutabaga too (this year we grew 700 pounds)!

REGISTER FOR 10 WEEK CHALLENGE Your health is your most valuable asset and there’s no better time to get moving, and get healthy!  Join thousands of Iowans in the annual Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenge.  It’s a fun opportunity to be active while engaging in a simple and affordable, team-based challenge.The 10 Week Wellness Challenge – January 22-March 30, 2018 – can be your first step toward better health!  Registration opens December 11 – gather your team today!

SEEKING BOARD MEMBER  Allamakee New Beginning, sponsor of the Iowa Food Hub, is seeking a new board member in 2018. Do you know someone who might fit the bill? The board meets every month in person or by phone. Board terms are for 3 years and will start in April. Applications are due February 1. Anyone in the six-county region is welcome to apply.


Research reported in the Journal of Consumer Research has found that for many, it’s better to provide an experience, than just a gift itself. In fact, the research suggested that these experiences may in fact strengthen relationships between people! During the holiday season, instead of giving gifts that may need to purchased, wrapped and delivered, maybe we can re-think our gift giving strategy. What if we were to give a skill or a helping hand to someone we care for?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *