EARLY CHILDHOOD – Halesia Johnson
I frequently hear that eating healthy is more expensive than eating processed or junk food. Really? I don’t think so and neither do others. A USDA study found that about one third of fresh vegetables including carrots, cabbage and cauliflower are less than 50 cents per one cup serving and even cheaper when in season. You can cut food cost by taking a few minutes to plan your meals around what is in season. Learn more.
REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage
SAVE THE DATE!! The public is invited to visit twelve local food and farm businesses during the 2nd Annual Taste of Northeast Iowa Farm Crawl from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 27. The event is free and for all ages. This year’s tour includes one route in the Waukon and Decorah area and a route between West Union and Nashua. Host locations include six farms, a winery, two orchards and three retail stores featuring local foods. Get your map!
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Laura Liechty
Help me welcome these new staff members as they join ISU Extension in support of 4-H outreach including the FFI 4-H Youth teams and volunteers!
Kendra Crooks is the new State 4-H Youth Program Specialist in Region 4. Kendra will be housed in the Chickasaw office. Kendra has a long history with the Iowa 4-H program including several years as the Chickasaw County Youth Coordinator. In her most recent position, Kendra has assisted with school gardens, FoodCorps and wellness outreach in Black Hawk County.
Trevor Rockwell is the new County Youth Coordinator for Winneshiek County. Trevor has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education and Health from Luther College and the University of Northern Iowa. Since graduating from Luther, Trevor has spent the last 7 years teaching K-8 Physical Education & Health at schools throughout Iowa, including for the past 5 years at various catholic schools around NE Iowa.
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
Safaris continue through Halloween! Residents, families, groups, youth and visitors of all ages are invited to get outdoors and experience the natural, educational, cultural and historical treasures of Northeast Iowa through county-wide adventure hunts called ‘Safaris’ at absolutely no cost! All of the region’s Safaris run through Halloween, so there is still plenty of time to start your adventure! Simply stop by a local library to pick up your Safari packet.
Check out Decorah High School’s new Flavor Station in their cafeteria. It is a way for students to be creative and add flavor to their food without adding sodium, sugar or fat.
Incorporating Nature into Learning
Iowa DNR’s Exploring Iowa’s Natural Resources blog has many ideas of fun ways incorporate nature into the classroom. Subscribe today to receive email notification of new blog postings.
New Educational Kitchen
The board and members of the Oneota Community Food Co-op are excited about the next phase of educational opportunities offered by the Co-op. The Co-op is slated to purchase the building directly to the east of the current store. The new Co-op Kitchen Classroom is three times the size of the previous basement classroom. It will have enough tables and equipment to easily teach a hands-on cooking class to a group of 24 or enough space to hold a lecture for roughly 40. More.
TIP OF THE WEEK: What does a daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables look like? Here are 10 photos of fruits and vegetables, each one a complete daily serving. It may not be as much as you think!