Turkey Valley Spring Seed Starting Day

Turkey Valley usually has an annual Spring planting day, and I was lucky to be a major part of it this year.  With the help of Mrs. Vsetecka, Turkey Valley’s garden champion, I gathered some seeds and materials.  It was essential to have staff coordination and support for this day to go so well.  I was excited to finally feel like Spring is here and so were the kids!  The Preschool classrooms, Kindergarten, First and Second grades all planted seeds and watered them.  We left the seeds with some extra love, thanks, and good luck wishes to grow healthy this Spring.  We are eager to get our hands dirty in the garden and to taste some delicious vegetables! Continue reading

Sprouting Spuds!

In Head Start this month I’m starting out by doing a potato-sprouting lesson. In this lesson, the kids get to be scientists and conduct an experiment! They learn that potatoes grow under the ground and there’s a lot of hard work involved in digging them up. They learned about the different sizes, shapes, and colors of potatoes grown locally in Iowa. The kids worked on putting together a puzzle that shows the progression of the growth of the potato plant, then observed local potatoes and their puzzles with magnifying glasses. We finished up the lesson by doing our experiment of putting a potato in a jar of water. They made predictions of what would happen to the potato, and discussed what it needs to begin to sprout! Continue reading


As I sit and write, I’m reflecting on how gracious I am to truly be making a difference.


After being in school for years and dreaming from behind a desk of becoming a Food Corps service member with the mentality that I would have a huge impact on the health of our country; on the health of our children. Health and wellness has always been my passion, my goal, and my drive. Continue reading

I’m learning as they’re learning…

Teaching is new to me, and new to most of us service members. It’s a learning process, and practice has really proven to help! I am learning quickly from the first couple weeks that I have begun teaching lessons. I have started out with an introduction lesson talking about foods we like and which of those foods we need on our plates every day! I also have taught lessons about local food and the parts of the plant. Here are 10 lessons that I have learned thus far: Continue reading

New Early Childhood Education Pilot

Hi! I’m back with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative… or did I ever really leave?  I have been involved for eight years now holding several different roles from youth member, regional youth representative, intern, and volunteer.  I hope my devotion to this initiative can be life-long.  My passions are shared among the members of Food and Fitness. Continue reading

Farewell for the End of Summer

…but forever attached and connected to Food and Fitness. unnamed This week, I finish up my intern position with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative.  What an amazing opportunity it has been to work for this program, and to help it continue to grow and thrive.  I am so glad that I was able to be reconnected with Food and Fitness, and the amazing people that work so hard to keep it going here in Northeast Iowa.  I will finish up the rest of my summer with my family out on the East Coast, and continue running for the upcoming cross-country season as I enter my third year at Luther College this coming fall. Continue reading