Teresa

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.

Local Meat to Schools: FFI Case Study

Farm-to-school programs around the country have wrestled with the challenge of sourcing local meat. To explore this question, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and Iowa Food Hub, sought to build a meat-to-school program in northeast Iowa. A new series of three publications provides highlights of the project’s successes and challenges, on the topics of sourcing products, working with pork producers and working with beef producers. Continue reading

Weekly Bits – March 24

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

NEW CASE STUDY  The term shepherding calls to mind images of fluffy white sheep grazing on a hillside, watched over by a keen-eyed caretaker and his dog. In a new case study featuring the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, shepherding refers to a method of developing strategic partnerships between a paid staff member of an organization such as extension, and local food systems stakeholders. Shepherding can be used to engage a multi-county region to create change in food systems. More. Continue reading

F2S Grant: Spicing Up the Garden

Guest post by Tammy Stotts, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

 

Since legislation passed in 2007 for the Iowa Farm to School Program, few Farm to School initiatives have had more impact than the A Garden is the Way to Grow initiative.  Gardening empowers students by offering them a hands-on learning experience, teaches them about growing food and gives them the opportunity to get outdoors. Continue reading