FFI Bits – October 19

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ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

Wednesday, October 3rd was a beautiful (and warm!) day to celebrate National Walk to School Day and the Healthiest State Initiative (HSI) Annual Walk!  Several schools and communities around Northeast Iowa took part in these annual walks. St. Benedicts Catholic School in Decorah (above) celebrated National Walk to School Day and HSI Annual Walk with a 2.5 mile walk to school. 

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

The “Local Food of the Month” for September was “Raspberries”. Fayette County preschoolers examined raspberries to see that each berry is a cluster of tiny round fruits. Raspberries can be eaten plain for a healthy snack, or added to cereal and yogurt, on top of pancakes and waffles, or in a salad or a smoothie.

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

It’s been a big month of celebrating in schools! Walk to School Day, National Farm to School month and Iowa Local Food Day. Here are some bits from area schools. 

There were local burgers on the grill at Waukon, Postville and Decorah. Thanks to the Allamakee, Winneshiek and Clayton County Cattlemen for all the help! Check out the Decorah menu for Iowa Local Food Day

Farmers Jerry and Wanda Brink of Our Farm Meats grilled hot dogs on the sidewalk in Elkader for Central Schools. These were high quality hot dogs – 80% pork, 20% beef, no MSG. This meat never left Clayton County. Raised, processed, eaten, and composted locally. 

Members of the football team dished up lunch in Postville. Watch the video

Turkey Valley served cheesy potato soup with potatoes from their school garden. Teresa was in the right place at the right time and got a sample. It was delicious!

The Turkey Valley 4-H Cross Age Teachers had their first lesson of the year. There were some great listeners in Mrs. Carolan’s 2nd grade classroom. The local food of the month was cabbage! The students were able to taste test raw green and red cabbage along with Greek Yogurt Coleslaw.

Wow! What a successful first-ever Iowa Local Food Day. Learn more in this blog post about the 150 schools across the state who participated (serving 170,000 meals featuring local ingredients)! Thanks to all who worked hard putting this historic event together. 


Support local farms and businesses this holiday season. It can start with your Thanksgiving meal. Boxes can be delivered to a school or community near you. 

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