Weekly Bits – Oct 7

HAPPY NATIONAL 4-H WEEK! The Food and Fitness school based teams are organized as 4-H clubs to connect them to local, state and national resources around agriculture and healthy living. What have they been up to? Spied some Allamakee 4-H members at the Waukon Homecoming parade, above. MFL MarMac HYPE members handed out local cheese curds at their parade. Postville 4-H Garden Club members harvested 303 pounds of pie pumpkins and 434 pounds of butternut squash for the school lunch program. Contact your county ISU Extension office to learn how to get involved as a youth or volunteer. Continue reading

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