FFI Bits – Oct 5

View this edition in your browser – the pictures are much better! (Above) The Taste of Fayette County event on Wednesday, Sept. 26, celebrated eating healthfully through local farm produce at Kahler’s Pumpkin Patch in Elgin. Children under the age of 5 were the focus, since it is an early childhood initiative, but all farmilies were welcome. Visitors participated in a kid-only farmers market, petting zoo, spin art, cooking activity and went home with a pumpkin of their own.

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative is pleased to announce 22 Early Childhood Mini-Grant Awards to local preschools. These $100 mini awards will be used to support Farm to Early Education in the classroom. FFI has re-granted this funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Early Childhood Grant. The awards will be used in a variety of ways to connect preschool age children to where their food comes from and introducing healthy eating habits.

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

Hot Diggity Dog! Our Bus Got a Brand New Set of Wheels! Our Walking School Bus, that is! A very, very special thanks to Jes Wegner at Gundersen Palmer Community Health and Jodi Granger at Signs by Design in West Union for donating a BRAND NEW Walking School Bus bus cut-out to our regional Walking School Bus program here at UERPC.

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

Cora B. Elementary School in Postville is jumping into National Farm to School Month! On Monday, service member Claire and her students harvested 760 pounds of pie pumpkins and winter squash from their school garden. These will reappear on the lunch line during the Iowa Local Food Day on Oct. 11. That’s a lotta squash!

Schools across the state celebrated the Healthiest State Walk and National Walk to School Day. Pictured is the walk at North Fayette Valley Middle and Elementary school.


Congratulations to the Northeast Iowa Community College/Calmar Child Development Center on their Certified Nature Explore classroom! This achievement is made possible by lots of hard work, determination, and collaboration across many agencies servicing Northeast Iowa. Congratulations to the staff at NICC who made their long-term dream a reality! Training events for early care and education providers have been scheduled for October 13 and 19 at the newly certified classroom. The certification and trainings are the start of several years of program delivery and support after nearly 2 years of planning.


Easy to make. Nutritious and delicious. Try roasted vegetables at home for your family. This simple, step-by-step video will help you make a tasty side dish for any meal. And they’re great as leftovers!

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