FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage
Iowans have a resource to help them connect to local food producers in their area. The directory, Iowa CSA Farms: 2015 Statewide List of CSA Farms and Organizers Serving Iowa, is available from ISU Extension and Outreach and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson
There is a new commercial out there that says, “Unplug from the daily routine and reconnect with nature. Get ideas for where to go and what to do, then grab the kids and start discovering.” No matter where you live you can go to www.discovertheforest.org and put in your zip code and find all the parks in your area to discover. This is great tool for young children to use to find where they can ‘Discover the Forest’. There are games, animal sounds and forest ecosystem information. Plan a family trip now. It is really fun!
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx challenges mayors to join the Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets. Is your mayor up for the challenge?
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Laura Liechty
The Waukon FFI 4-H Team recently led activities for the whole district to kick off the Live Healthy Iowa School Challenge. The high school news team covered the story. Watch the video.
SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members
A School Garden is the Way to Grow! Here is a GREAT opportunity for you to help your school get funding for a Farm to School program. This year’s focus is from “Seed to Harvest.” Included in the garden supplies is a Growease Seed Starter Success Kit, to help assure that you plant seeds of success. Applications are due March 3.
Schools: If you have considered starting a garden but aren’t sure how to tie the Iowa Core Standards into this project, join the Iowa Department of Education’s Team Nutrition for a webinar on Tuesday, March 17 at 3:30 pm. This one-hour webinar is entitled “Engaging Your Entire School in the Garden,” and will show you how to make the school garden become part of the entire school learning process. Garden sub-grants will also be offered. To learn more information contact, Patti Delger at email@example.com or follow this link to register.
Microfarm Manual. Here’s a how-to guide for building your own “microfarm” – a cart with lights that can travel from classroom to classroom, showing off seedlings (or micro-greens) as they grow!
Seeking Board Members. Allamakee New Beginnings, the non-profit host of the Iowa Food Hub, has three board positions opening in April. The board meets every month in person or by phone, and board seats are for 3 years. ANB priorities include increasing access of local foods and consumer awareness; conducting food system research and education; facilitating community investment into food systems; providing technical assistance to farmers; and overseeing the operation of the Iowa Food Hub as a means to achieve those goals. Click here for a board application. Applications are due March 12.
Nick Fisher joined the Center for Sustainable Communities at Luther College as the first-ever Food and Farm Fellow last week. In this position Nick will be responsible for the college production gardens, oversee the Cafeteria to Community Program and assist with a range of food education related tasks. After graduating from Luther, Nick spent 27 months serving for the Peace Corps in the Republic of Paraguay. As an agriculture volunteer, Nick taught sustainable agriculture practices to farmers, founded a cooperative, and worked to bring running water to his community.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Are you ready for some spring cleaning? Don’t forget the pantry. Consider adding these items as year-round staples in your pantry: dry beans, sweet potatoes and low sugar cereal. They are versatile, nutrient-dense choices that can serve as the base for any meal or snack. Watch the segment from KCRG-TV.