SCHOOL WELLNESS – Paige Wettach, North Fayette Valley AmeriCorps
I jump at any opportunity to dress in character and have fun in costume. I tried my best not to be a huge distraction in the school, but sometimes I can’t help myself. An oversized witch’s hat fully decked out with feathers and sparkles, plus arms full of prizes definitely draw the eyes of little ones. Read more about Paige’s adventures as the “Switch Witch” at North Fayette Elementary.
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
When there’s an emergency on on bike trail, police and ambulance crews want to get to the scene as quickly as they can. But finding the scene of a bicycle accident, for instance, is more challenging than locating a car accident on a particular road. A Decorah Boy Scout is working on an Eagle project that would give emergency workers GPS coordinates that would lead them to the scene.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Katie Blocker, AmeriCorps
Did you know that 14.9% of Americans go hungry each day? That’s almost 50 million people in our nation! However, we are one of the largest food producers in the world. How did we manage that? Students at St. Joseph Community School’s discussed hunger as part of World Food Day, Nov. 4.
REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage
Come and attend an open house for a new project in Cresco: Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit. This project focuses on improving food access in Cresco through various best management practices of production and program development. The ISU Community Design Lab is hosting an open house Wednesday, November 19 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Hawkeye REC. This will be an open house format to learn about best management practices for developing local food systems. What is Ag Urbanism?
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson
With Thanksgiving fast approaching and planning holiday meals, I want you to think farm to fork, farm to table, garden to table or producer to plate — whatever you want to call it — just get the younger kids involved in the process. From the farm to your table is not a new concept. Our ancestors did it. The Pilgrims did it. This is what ‘Farm to Preschool’ is all about. We want everyone to know more about the food they are eating by educating the children and families.
A two-year grant from the Leopold Center’s Marketing and Food Systems Initiative helped owners of several Iowa small meat processing facilities learn how to improve profitability, primarily by building on their competitive advantages over larger operations. They worked with Nick McCann from Iowa State University Extension to look at common problems, such as how to manage the facilities during the busy deer hunting season and ways to increase sales during the slow season.
TIP OF THE WEEK: Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce is hard to imagine for some people. If you are feeling adventurous this year you may want to try something new. The cranberry is a very versatile fruit and in season now. The ISU Answerline has tips on how to make or can your own cranberry sauce.
Iowans are generous people all year around. We give of our resources, time and talents to the organizations that are there to help our neighbors in their times of need. December 2 is Giving Tuesday – a great reminder to take a break from the season and remember local charities in Iowa who are making positive differences in our own community. We hope FFI is on your list this season.