FFI Bits – July 2019









Postville Summer School had delicious “Snap for Snap Peas” celebration for lunch last month. Grades 4-6 chose recipes and organized ingredients lists, then prepared their dishes and served taste tests to students. The Snap Pea Pizza was voted the favorite.

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

The Waukon Farmers Market is hosting a Power of Produce (PoP) Kid’s Club in July. Each child participating in the 6-week program will receive $2 in market bucks to spend on fresh produce each week. The PoP Kid’s Club lets children to explore the farmers market and learn about the different varieties of fruits and vegetables, while also learning about how food is grown, by connecting them with local farmers.

After pausing operations of the Iowa Food Hub to reorganize over the winter, the food hub board is contacting schools and farmers in preparation for their relaunch in August. A donation from the 100+ Women Who Care – Oneota Valley chapter pushed them over the half-way mark of their fundraising goal.

A windy but beautiful spring day greeted the 25 farmers who traveled from across Northeast Iowa to network and learn about livestock grazing systems at Jóia Food Farm near Charles City. Wendy Johnson and Johnny Rafkin hosted the collaborative event with Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Northeast Iowa Grazing Group and the Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Network.

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Fayette preschoolers had fun with FITNESS activities using STRAWBERRY bean bags!🍓🍓

Preschool groups from Ossian DeSales and Fayette’s Rainbowland Preschool for toured Country View Dairy and enjoyed seeing the cows and tasting froyo!

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

The West Side Walking School Bus (Decorah) had fun walking with some furry friends on a beautiful afternoon this spring!

There are so many fun places to visit and recreational opportunities in Northeast Iowa, especially in the summer! Visit TravelIowa.com for day trip ideas for your family!

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

The Allamakee Community School District in partnership with the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative is accepting applications for a full-time AmeriCorps service member for the 2019-2020 school year. The member will teach nutrition education classes, build and support school gardens, encourage Safe Routes to School and integrate Farm to School activities across the district.


Decorah has three locations participating in Double Up Food Bucks. Customers can earn dollars toward additional produce purchases when using SNAP benefits. Read more.


Japanese Beetles. The evil Japanese beetles are making their presence known on raspberries, grapevines and other trees and shrubs. The green and copper beetles eat the foliage, fruits and flowers of over 300 plants. Foliage is consumed by eating the tissue between the veins, a type of feeding called skeletonizing. Flowers and fruits are devoured completely, often by a horde of a dozen or more beetles at a time. Unfortunately, control of adult beetles is difficult because they emerge every day for a period of several weeks.


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