Weekly Bits – Sept 16

picmonkey-collageWELCOME! The new class of Food Corps and AmeriCorps school resource contacts are in their schools! Join us in welcoming them to northeast Iowa! Click on their links to learn more about them. (Clockwise from top-left).
Andrew Blair, Food Corps, Allamakee schools
Brandi Crozier, AmeriCrops, MFL MarMac
Kate Lower, Food Corps, Early Childhood
Lauren Allbritton, Food Corps, Oelwein schools
Elin Amundson, School Wellness Assistant
Rey Mucia, AmeriCorps, Postville
Tess Bergman, AmeriCorps, Central
Shelby Henkelman, AmeriCorps, New Hampton/St. Joseph’s
Elin Amundson has stepped into a new role as School Wellness Assistant for the team and will be based out of Luther College. Continue reading

Weekly Bits – Sept 9

The public is invited to visit 12 local farms and small businesses during the 4th Annual Taste of Northeast Iowa Local Food and Farm Crawl from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18. The event is free and for all ages.Explore the farms, meet the farmers, see demonstrations, sample the goodies, purchase locally grown and produced products, and have lots of fun in this part of the Driftless Region. Continue reading

Weekly Bits – Sept 2

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

USDA Rural Development has awarded the Winneshiek Agricultural Extension District $24,570 to convene the Northeast Iowa Beginning Farmer Network in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek counties. Organized by Kayla Koether, the regional network will support new farmers who are adding value to their products by marketing food to local consumers, restaurants, and institutions or utilizing niche markets. Continue reading

Weekly Bits – August 19

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

A big thank you to Decorah High School for participating in the 2016 Bike Rack Challenge. The students created TWO bike racks for the community of Decorah: one located at the Farmer’s Market and another located at Pulpit Rock Campground. Check out the awesome masterpieces that will benefit the community for years to come! Continue reading

Weekly Bits – July 29

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage

World Renowned Scientist to Give Soil Health Workshops
August 13: The Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation is honored to host world renowned soil ecologist Dr. Jill Clapperton for a day-long soil health workshop at the Norman Borlaug boyhood farm near Cresco on Saturday, August 13 from 10:00-2:30 pm. The day will include a tour of the Borlaug farm, in-depth presentations, and hands-on activities to demonstrate the effects of different production practices on soil, including cover crops, relay crops, and companion planting. Continue reading

Weekly Bits – July 8

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Four communities in northeast Iowa are highlighted in a new book “America’s Walking Renaissance,” published by America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative. The book, written by Jay Walljasper, Kate Kraft and Heidi Simon of America Walks and with a forward by Tyler Norris of Kaiser Permanente, examines how nine locations across the U.S. are getting back on their feet to embrace walking and become more walkable. Decorah is part of the northeast Iowa location, which also includes Postville, West Union and Clermont/Elgin.

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