FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage
Are you a local food supporter and wish it was easier to find in your community? Good news! A team is currently working to bring the Local Food Box program at the Iowa Food Hub to Waukon, Monona, Elkader and West Union. The 10-week program will start August 1. Watch for more details next week!
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson
Jesse Waller, Preschool Teacher and Director of Rainbow Land Preschool/Daycare in Fayette, IA shares her story of how they got involved with NE Iowa Food & Fitness. “In the fall of 2014 I decided that my preschool classroom should participate in the Food & Fitness program. I thought it was a great program and the curriculum was based on introducing new foods, cooking with the kids, and showing the kids how to be more active! I personally was trying to make lifestyle changes, and why not surround myself with positive healthy options. So why wouldn’t I join?” More.
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
Grab your family and friends and head out for a ‘Safari’ this summer! The Safari program is a county-wide scavenger hunt of natural, cultural and historical treasures:
Driftless Safari (Winneshiek County)
Turkey River Recreational Corridor Safari (Clayton and Fayette Counties)
Cherokee County Treasure Hunt (Cherokee County)
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Laura Liechty
Fresh herbs and cheeses were an unconventional yet exciting part of the educational experience for Eagle Club members at Clayton Ridge Middle School this spring.
SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members
May marks a month of bicycles and helmets; stories and laughter. Hundreds of kids learned how to properly fit their helmets, how to correctly signal their intentions, and experience the simple joy that riding can bring to one’s own existence. May brought forth the launch of the first Biking School Bus in Winneshiek County, where kids bike 3 miles to school and 3 miles back to their homes on Fridays. Quiet in the morning and laughter in the afternoon, these rides allowed children to slowly glide into the school day and exit with all the energy built. This commute opened a new world for many, these rides will continue through the years because of the excitement in their eyes, not only did they want to commute every Friday, but they begged to commute daily.
HELP WANTED Iowa Food Hub is hiring a part-time delivery truck driver. Immediate start. Mondays and Thursdays. Click here for more info.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
It’s STRAWBERRY SEASON! Here are some farms to check-out. U-pick and pre-picked.
Berry Bluff, Cresco (Kendallville) (New farm!)
Bagge Strawberries, Independence
Wold Strawberries, Mabel, MN
Kathan’s Homestead Berries, LaCrescent, MN