FFI Bits – June 29

(Above) Oelwein summer campers had a Salad Fest this week featuring lettuce from the school garden and lots of other colorful veggie toppings.

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

Posted by Luna Valley Farm, Barb Kraus “of Canoe Creek Produce hosted a farm tour and potluck for the Northeast Iowa Beginning Farmers Network. Barb loves to try new things and has learned so much through her years of farming. Her gardens are filled with edible flowers, cutting flowers and a stunning diversity of fruits and vegetables. Barb has this way of bringing beauty to everything she does in such ways as incorporating edible flowers into her salad mix, crafting flower crowns for brides and hosting lovely al fresco dinner parties.” You can find Canoe Creek Produce at the Winneshiek Farmers Market.

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Early Childhood awarded 35 Farm to Early Care and Education Mini Grants this past school year. Read more from the teachers and how they benefited.

BYE KATE!  It all began back in 2009 at Central High School when Kate Lower was a member of the district’s wellness committee. In 2016, she was selected as the first FoodCorps service member dedicated to early childhood. Kate is moving on but staying in Northeast Iowa – she has accepted the position Elkader’s Economic Development/Main Street Director. We will miss her passion, commitment and smile.We wish her all the best.

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

Canoeing or kayaking is a fun way to explore our beautiful region as well as get some great exercise. To ensure your time on the water goes smoothly, check out the American Canoe Association “Paddler’s Safety Checklist” before you head out on your next adventure!

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

This summer, Kate Lower has partnered with the Elkader Public Library to do a program called Stories in Motion. This program offers kids the opportunity to engage in a literacy program and physical activity. Every Wednesday morning in June, they take a book and take a walk down to Elkader’s Founder’s Park from the library.


Raw radishes aren’t for everyone, but have you tried them sauteed? Oelwein students harvested radishes from the school garden and then tried them raw and sauteed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. The majority of my students (and teachers) prefer radishes cooked whether they liked them raw or not.

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