FFI Bits – Sept 6

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FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

(Above) If you’ve never been to Canoe Creek Produce it’s worth a trip! In 20 years of commercial farming, Barb Kraus has developed excellent soil, mature perennials, and innovative systems to control weeds and pests organically. During a Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Network tour, Barb shared some of the farm’s history, her nitty-gritty production practices, and her marketing channels with other area farmers. Click here for some of those insights.

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

I’m sure you have heard the old sayings ‘You should walk your own talk’ – or ‘Be a good role model’. Well, as the Early Childhood Coordinator and after a long week of work …. I still try my best to faithfully do what I promote and believe in.

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

Back to School means the Start of Walking and Biking School Buses! Contact April Bril, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, at abril@uerpc.org for more information about volunteering or getting your child involved!

Lace up your walking shoes, Iowans! Registration for the Healthiest State Annual Walk, presented by Delta Dental of Iowa, is now open. Schools, worksites and communities are invited to join Iowans statewide for a 30-minute walk on Wednesday, October 3. Click here for more walk information and to register a walk.

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

Is your school signed up for Iowa Local Food Day on October 11? Join schools across the state as we celebrate Iowa foods!  http://iowalocalfoodday.org/


Walk-on Waukon announced that they have been chosen for a $25,000 Wellmark grant! This week, they secured the $12,500 match that was needed to be granted this money. You are doing great things Waukon!

Time flies when you’re having fun! WalkNEIowa.org has been working to inspire Northeast Iowa to Walk More – Connect More for over a year now, and all the hard work is starting to gain some virtual traction. Check out the campaign’s recently released report on social media reach.

Checkout the line-up for the 2018 NE Iowa Farm Crawl, Sept 29 and 30! More details at http://www.visitiowa.org. 


Did you know? If you buy dairy products with an item number that begins with 19, you are purchasing a product made in Iowa! Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Dairy Products Control Bureau Chief David Brown explains how his team helps ensure food safety in the dairy industry.

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