FFI Bits – Feb 23

St. Joseph students (New Hampton) recently enjoyed an
Olympic themed All-School Fitness activity.

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program has announced 26 recipients of its Growing Together mini-grant program. The projects will receive more than $90,000 in grant money through the SNAP-Education program. The projects are focused on increasing food security throughout Iowa.  Congratulations to the Clayton Co. Master Gardeners and their grant to maintain and expand a donation garden through new raised garden beds, row covers and compost system.

Practical Farmers’ network of beginning farmers has increased to more than 1,500 in recent years. They created the Savings Incentive Program (SIP) based on input from these farmers with direction from their established farmer members as part of an effort to help beginners establish viable, sustainable farm businesses. The SIP Class of 2019 has some familiar faces to NE Iowa. Whitney Brewer was an AmeriCorps school resource contact for Howard-Winn and Allamakee schools. Brandon Friedlein was a youth member and later a Regional Council member for FFI.

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

The preschool students in Jolene Rosonke’s TLC Preschool Classroom in New Hampton have been learning about milk. WWe read The Butter Battle Book and the children had to decide if they wanted to be a Yook and have the butter on the top of their toast or a Zook and have it on the bottom.” Check out these pictures to see their fun investigating milk, making butter and eating it.

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

Our very own Ashley Christensen was a finalist for the Leadership Impact Award at the recent Healthiest State Initiative Award Ceremony held in Des Moines. Check out her 1-minute nomination video.

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

Do you have a great Farm to School story to share? We know you do!
The Iowa Farm to School Coalition is pleased to invite individuals and groups to submit presentation proposals for the 2018 Iowa Farm to School Conference. The goal of the conference is to support and inspire those interested in or already implementing farm to school and farm to early care and education all around the state by covering a variety of topics. Please take this opportunity to share your expertise and creative ideas to help grow the farm to school movement in Iowa. Submission deadline is March 31.

Read more and see the proposal template here. Submit your proposal via this Google Form.


The Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity, Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) would like to recognize leaders in nutrition and physical activity efforts that lead to a more supportive environment. Consider nominating an individual or an organization as emerging or seasoned/established leaders in nutrition and physical activity. The awardees will be recognized in the conference booklet for the 2018 Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health. Nominees are due Friday, March 2. Nominations or self-nominations are acceptable.


Do Food Ads Affect Your Preschooler? Screen time is hard to control for some families with preschool age children. Sometimes young children spend hours in front of a TV screen. It is not just the programs that are concerning – it’s the advertisements. Especially the food ads. Preschoolers still see food ads, despite industry pledge. New research from The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut shows that food and beverage companies still target children younger than 6 with ads.

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