FFI Bits – April 2019

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ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

Upper Explorerland’s Safe Routes to School Program is having fun providing in-class bicycle safety to the schools in our region.  They are also assisting schools who have interest in implement bike safety into their P.E. curriculum. Check out this FFI blog post for more information

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

The theme for the April lessons for the Farm to Early Care teacher boxes were greenhouse crops and how farmers can grow food even when the weather outside is frightful. Boxes this month contained two types of microgreens from River Root Farm and cottage cheese from WW Homestead Dairy. The bags also contained some soil and seeds for preschoolers to grow their own microgreens.

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Fayette County Preschoolers are learning how tomatoes grow with the help of water, sunshine and rain. From seeds to shoots to seedlings to yellow flowers to red delicious tomatoes!

Our team has a new name! The ISU Extension and Outreach Value Added Agriculture Program and the Local Foods Program were active and successful for a number of years. However, as a result of a common manager in January 2018 and a changing budget environment, the two programs have now merged into the Farm, Food and Enterprise Program. More

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

From our friends at Turkey River Farm: We were able to make some progress planting onions before the rain this week. Extra onion starts went home with Emma to Oelwein schools yesterday and were planted by first-grade students this morning. Check out their great journal entries on onion planting.


Decorah partners are hosting a free meal and a community walk on Wed, May 1.This spring celebration is being held in conjunction with Screen-Free Week, an annual event where children, families, schools, and communities are encouraged to rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. More

Quillins in Waukon has added a fresh fruit station for the little shoppers.

There are a lot of new sidewalks in Waukon. The construction is part of the improvements along Iowa Hwy 9 along two of Waukon’s primary streets – Main Street and Allamakee Street. Active transportation just got easier and safer!

The 2019 Iowa Farm to School Conference will be held June 21-22 at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Registration is now open! Stay in the loop on the latest conference updates, deadlines, and announcements by joining the Facebook event. #IowaF2S2019


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