FFI Bits – August 10









FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

(Above) Hannah and Emily at Humble Hands Harvest farm near Decorah have been busy this summer hosting different groups at their farm. Pictured above is a group of 35 women at an In Her Boots Workshop hosted by MOSES and the Iowa Organic Association. They also hosted the Practical Farmers of Iowa where they discussed their business structure, financial arrangements, and enterprise budgets they are using to create a sustainable farm and business.

Teresa has a new employer! She has been hired by Iowa State University to be an Extension field specialist in local foods and food safety for 5 regions in north and eastern Iowa. She will continue to specialize in farm to school and early childcare, food hubs and on-farm food safety with the local foods and value-added agriculture programs.

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

The Farm to Early Childhood Care and Education (F2ECE) Learning Group had a wonderful experiential evening July 18 in rural Solon. Brydie Criswell invited the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area F2ECE group to her Nature-Based Education Center for a tour and to experience the good outdoors.

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

A Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties is currently under development. The plan considers all modes of transportation and lays out the region’s transportation priorities and goals for the future. An online Community Survey for the plan is open to anyone who lives in, works in, or visits the five-county area. Please feel free to share the survey with family and friends.,  The more feedback the better!

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

The garden club harvested 55 pounds of red onions for Postville Schools with FoodCorps Iowa member Claire Anderson. A great crop!

The first 32 schools that register for the 2018 Healthiest State Annual Walk on October 3 will be entered into the Mascot Challenge for a chance to win $1,000. Register your school today!


Cucumbers and other vegetables  are coming on strong at the present time and the ISU Extension AnswerLine has been fielding lots of questions from clients who find themselves “in a pickle” with their pickling project. Here are some of the tips they share as they try to help clients avoid getting into “a pickle.”

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