FFI Bits – Jan 12

Rainbow Carrot Taste Test – Decorah early childhood students tried purple, yellow, and orange carrots and then graphed their class favorite. Yellow carrots were the favorite! A big thanks to the Decorah High School kitchen staff for helping prepare our carrots – they were delicious!

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

Attention local food farmers and businesses! Iowa Food Hub is taking over the IowaFreshFood.com website and they want to list as many farms as possible. Any farm or business interested in being listed, can submit their information and photos FOR FREE until February 28. After Feb 28, a small fee will be charged. Learn more.

The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust announces it is reopening applications for sustainable food farmers from every background for SILT’s premier farm in Northeast Iowa – 70 acres of pasture, organic grain and timber with an historic, well-maintained 4-bedroom farmhouse with solar and geothermal and multiple outbuildings. The successful applicant has the opportunity to purchase the farm equipment interest-free over time.

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Jolene Rosonke, New Hampton CSD TLC preschool teacher talks about sharing. “When we make a new food in our classroom we like to share it with other people in the school. We usually go the cafeteria and share with the cooks, and the offices, and library.  We usually see a custodian along the way too!”

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

Beat the Blues Winter Marathon is just getting started…..Keep track of your outdoor activity from Jan. 7th-March 3rd for your chance to win a fun raffle prize! Anyone in the NE Iowa region is encouraged to participate!  You can do it as an individual or as a family!


The Turkey Valley 4-H Cross Age Teachers visited the 2nd grade classroom and did a lesson on carrots. Did you know that carrots originally started as different shades of purple? Ask the 2nd graders what other colors carrots come in and how long they can grow! Our lesson included making our own hummus dip for carrots. It was tasty!

The West Central Food and Fitness team successfully planned and hosted a community basketball tournament recently. The tourney included teams from Upper Iowa University, West Central alumni and current players.

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

MORE LOCAL FOODS IN SCHOOLS  The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Local Foods Team will be selecting 10 schools to participate in in a Farm to School Procurement project for the 2018-19 school year. Participating schools will receive customized assistance to set goals and purchase local foods in Fall 2018 to increase purchases of locally grown fruits and vegetables by 10%. The team is looking for schools who have started Farm to School activities at their school and are ready to DO MORE! Click here to complete the application to nominate your school. Applications are due January 31.

OELWEIN  Worms galore! 5th Grade Students at Wings Park Elementary School are learning about food waste systems by crafting classroom vermicompost bins. FoodCorps Iowa service member Alesha Roll taught students all about compost and how worm friends make it happen.


FREE POSTERS  Together, we grow healthy kids! Iowa Department of Public Health has FREE 5-2-1-0 and Build a Healthy Lunch posters available! Please e-mail schoolmeals@iowa.gov with the quantity you are interested in and the shipping address.


The annual Lansing Ice Harvest  will be held January 27 at Village Creek Boat Landing using equipment from the early 1900s. IPTV did a feature on last year’s ice harvest on Iowa Outdoors and you can watch it on Youtube!  Historic ice harvesting equipment is currently on display at the Driftless Education Center in Lansing — hand ice saws, horse drawn ice saws, and a gasoline engine powered ice saw with a Model T engine used in Lansing until 1964.

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