FFI Bits for Nov 16

Ms. Gritzner’s Environmental Project Monitoring class at Central High School teamed up with Turkey River Farms to collect over 300 Halloween pumpkins during their Pumpkin Round-up (over 2 tons!). The goal was to divert organic waste from the landfill and feed it to livestock instead. Looks like the pigs approve. 

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

At the 5-2-1-0 Summit in Des Moines, a panel of West Union partners presented best practices from the community. A presentation check was also received by Principal Elliott for $3000 for the North Fayette Valley Elementary PTO to KICK OFF their NEW Playground Project at the West Union Elementary. Supporting 1 hour of daily physical activity for our children!

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

The “Local Food of the Month” for October was Cabbage. Fayette County Preschoolers had more fun learning how CABBAGE grows and how big and heavy it can get!

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

Our work continues. The obesity rate for youth ages 10 to 17 ranged from 8.7% in Utah to 26.1% in Mississippi, according to the most recent state-by-state data from the 2016-17 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). Nationally, 15.8% of youth in this age range have obesity. Iowa ranks 10th with 17.7% of kids classified as obese.  

Harleigh was working in her office after a day of walking around the middle and high schools to introduce herself. She left her room to grab some materials from the printer, when she overheard 3 students badgering the secretary about who was the ‘new woman’. Seeing her, the secretary introduced the students, who decided to stay for a while and help in the gardens in order to ask questions about the FFI Program in their school.

On the Friday of the homecoming game and the school spirit day, Harleigh hosted a mystery taste test featuring an orange vegetable to compliment the school’s colors: sweet potatoes.


The Oneota Community Food Co-op announced that their recent Round Up at the Register campaign raised just over $1,600 for Farm To School efforts in northeast Iowa! Thank you to all the shoppers that decided to donate your change to support this local organization!

The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation is offering Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher Supplement Grants of $200 to support the integration of agriculture into regular classroom instruction. Teachers and librarians grades PreK-12 are eligible to apply. Projects must teach agriculture through language arts, math, science, or social studies. Applications are due January 9. 

It can be sad when rural schools close, but the Waterville school (Allamakee County) is finding a new purpose in that community. It is the new home of the town library, a museum and now — open for public walking in the winter! 

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