NEIFFI Early Childhood Announces Farm to Early Childhood 2019 Fall Mini Grant Awards

Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative is pleased to announce 24 Early Childhood Mini-Grant Awards to local Preschools and Daycares. These $100 mini awards will be used to support Farm to Early Education in the classroom.

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The awards will be used in a variety of ways to connect young children to where their food comes from and introducing healthy eating habits.


Congratulations to each of the following awardees:

  1. Theresa Knutson, TLC New Hampton
  2. Amanda Madery, TLC New Hampton
  3. Tiffany Bredman, TLC New Hampton
  4. Sara Converse, Turkey Valley Preschool
  5. Shelby Frana, Turkey Valley Preschool
  6. Jackie Rochford, Sunrise Preschool St. Joseph’s, New Hampton
  7. Caroline Erickson, Central Preschool, Elkader
  8. Kelli Baumler, Central Preschool, Elkader
  9. Megan Merkel, Howard-Winneshiek Preschool Cresco
  10. Kristi Holthaus, Howard-Winneshiek Preschool Cresco
  11. Sally Tieskoetter, Howard-Winneshiek Preschool Cresco
  12. Sonia Bockoven, Westside, Decorah
  13. Janet Falck, Westside, Decorah
  14. Rachel Hanson, Westside, Decorah
  15. Melissa Johnston, Westside, Decorah
  16. Nicole Gray, MFL Mar Mac Preschool, Monona
  17. Emily Baade, MFL Mar Mac Preschool, Monona
  18. Niki Guese, MFL Mar Mac Preschool, Monona
  19. Jill Roffman, West Elementary Preschool, Waukon
  20. Darla Schnuelle, Sunflower Preschool, Decorah
  21. Kathleen Bonjour, Hippity Hop Preschool, West Union
  22. Laurie Opperman, West Central Preschool, Maynard
  23. Christine Gowdy-Jaehnig, NE Iowa Montessori School, Decorah
  24. Sandy Daisy, Little Star Preschool, Arlington

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Thank you to all of these teachers for implementing Farm to Early Care and Education into their classrooms and connecting children to new local foods and learning more about our food system.

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