About Teresa

Teresa Wiemerslage is a regional program coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in northeast Iowa. She also coordinates the work of the NE Iowa Food & Farm Coalition. She tries to be a good team player and keep up with the service members by posting regularly about the food system.

Double Up Food Bucks Program Expands in Iowa

(From news reports) Iowa’s statewide healthy food incentive program, Double Up Food Bucks is expanding to 13 sites across 8 counties this summer. A program led by the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, Double Up Food Bucks increases low-income shoppers’ purchasing power for fruits and vegetables while supporting local farmers. With Double Up, SNAP recipients can use their EBT cards at the market, and receive a matching number of Double Up Food Bucks (up to $10 per day). They may use the SNAP benefits to buy any SNAP-eligible items at the market, and use the Double Up Food Bucks for any locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Continue reading

WCDI Biz Booster/Ag-Mini Grant Winners

Winneshiek County Development’s Biz Booster Challenge and Ag-Mini Grant programs were a great success this year awarding small businesses approximately $17,000 in grant funds. A variety of projects were supported by the programs including a wood-fire pizza establishment at a local farm, the purchase of over 60 pear trees for a new local brewery and additional Pilates equipment for an established Pilates studio.Awarded businesses were Discover Happy Pilates Studio of Decorah, Northeast Iowa Architectural Salvage and Skrap Work of Ridgeway, Highlandville Honey, River Root Farm of Decorah, PIVO Brewery of Calmar and Luna Valley Farm of Decorah. Continue reading