FFI Bits – Dec 8

The Postville Cooking Club baked pumpkin muffins using the pie pumpkins they harvested from the school garden this Fall. The Postville 4-H Garden Club transitioned to Cooking Club for the late Fall and Winter months. The elementary-aged students harvested 212 pounds of pie pumpkins from the school garden in September, and the Postville kitchen staff steamed and froze the squash for the school lunch program. Students enjoyed using the vegetables they tended all Summer and Fall in a sweet treat this November. Continue reading

Iowa Food Hub Annual Report Released

More people are eating healthy, locally grown food, and more farmers are earning a profit selling their homegrown products through the work of the Iowa Food Hub. This innovative partnership among local non-profit organizations and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is improving the physical and economic well-being of thousands of residents in northeast Iowa. Continue reading

West Union a Leader in Walk-ability

The Walking School Bus (WSB) program in West Union has been a giant success.


Since its inception in 2013, the program has grown from approximately 12 to 20 children walking each day to school to anywhere from 60 to 80 children this year. Just last spring, the Walking School Bus went to five days a week, thanks to the countless hours volunteers put into the program. Continue reading