Preschool Teacher Box Pilot

The NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative embraces the concept of pilot projects to test new products or methods to address community needs for wellness.

 

The November Dry Beans Kit included various beans for sensory activities and ingredients for bean salsa.

Our latest pilot project is targeted toward the youngest Iowas – supporting farm to school efforts in early childcare settings.

 

We are trying to answer this question – can we develop a toolkit that would make it easy for a preschool teacher to conduct a farm to school lesson and taste-test in the classroom?

 

The December Carrot Kit included colored carrots for exploration and ingredients to make a creamy Parmesan dip.

Introducing…Preschool Teacher Boxes! These kits contain locally sourced products for taste-tests and ingredients to do a classroom cooking activity. The boxes follow the Harvest of the Month theme used in schools across the region.

 

Teresa Wiemerslage with ISU Extension and Outreach is coordinating the project. She identifies local products and includes ingredients and supplies for a recipe.

 

The January Milk Kit contained local whole and skim milk and supplies to make butter.

Seven preschool classrooms in Waukon and Cresco are participating in the pilot. The Iowa Food Hub is coordinating the sourcing and delivery. The budget for each box is $20-25 per month. Funds for the project are from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative.

 

The project team plans to share what they learn by developing a toolkit for each food so that other food hubs, local food coordinators or farmers can offer the teacher kits in their community.

The February Beef Kit included ingredients to make Dried Beef Finger-wiches and an e-book called, “My Iowa Beef Farm.”

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Teresa Wiemerslage is a regional program coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in northeast Iowa. She also coordinates the work of the NE Iowa Food & Farm Coalition. She tries to be a good team player and keep up with the service members by posting regularly about the food system.

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