FFI Bits – July 13

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Come and support the Iowa Food Hub Beef & Brat fundraiser at Pulpit Rock Brewery on Saturday, July 21, 4 – 8:30 pm. They will be serving up heritage breed brats and a side for $5. This event is open to the public.

Proceeds support the Iowa Food Hub and their work to support the local food system, beginning and transitioning farmers, and farm to school. Grab some friends and join us for some local food and drink to support a great cause.

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

Take a look at our newest website resource — the Food Hub Directory! It lists businesses or organizations that actively manage the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products to multiple buyers from multiple producers. This statewide directory provides a current list of known food hubs operating in Iowa.

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

“Cutting back on added sugar? What does ‘added sugar’ really mean?”  I recently read this article and thought as the Early Childhood Coordinator, parent and grandparent myself, I would share it with you.  As parents, grandparents, teachers and providers of young children this is great information to rethink what we are feeding our precious kids and what you are eating as a role models.

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

Wellmark’s Healthy Hometown will be completing Walk Audits in West Union on July 19 and Waukon on July 20!  Community members are invited to join the Walk Audits, which will give ideas on ways to improve the walkability of each community. Contact ashley@uerpc.org for more information.

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

The after-school cooking club at Wings Park Elementary in Oelwein had a very busy year learning recipes and making healthy snacks and meals. Students in grades 2-5 would gather once a month for a cooking activity led by FoodCorps member Alesha Roll. The recipes were hands-on and somewhat adventurous for a few members.


Apply online now for this year’s Master Gardener Program. Classes begin in August in many Iowa locations – including Cresco, Decorah, Fayette and Elkader. After you take the courses and internship, share your time and expertise as a volunteer in community gardens, city beautification projects, farmers markets, and more. Details and registration here!

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