These North Winn students are celebrating National Farm to School Month by sharing their carrot harvest on the lunch line with the entire student body. #F2Smonth
FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage
The USDA definition of a “food hub” is loose enough to include many iterations of the concept. Whatever the business model, most hubs aspire to increase access to local whole foods across the socioeconomic spectrum. And there’s no better way to accomplish that than through Farm to School. This week, the national radio show Inside School Food profiled the Iowa Food Hub and and Decorah School Chef Chad Elliott on how food hubs and schools are working together to connect kids to local food in rural Iowa.
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson
I can’t believe it, my leaves are beginning to fall off the trees in my yard. I was one of those ‘free range kids’ growing up. Being outside was the best time EVER. This is a perfect season for you to introduce the children in your life about falling leaves and making forts or collecting different colors of leaves. Research now shows staying active in your free time can add up to five years to your life.
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
Calling all 5th grade students! It’s time to participate in the National 5th Grade Poster Contest from Saris, a bike rack company. Contest prizes include bikes, helmets and even a free trip for two to Washington, D.C.! Posters need to be mailed by Oct 16 to Troy Carter at the Iowa Bicycle Coalition (Troy Carter, 30 Colton Dr. S., North Liberty, IA 52317). Posters must be signed by the student and be no larger than 14×18. Follow the link for more info.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Laura Liechty
Happy 4-H Week! The FFI youth engagement work has been embedded in 4-H – a positive youth development program that has been around for over 110 years!
It is that approach — not a program — that creates the 4-H outcomes we see in over 200 FFI youth, each year. Youth become successful learners by partnering with adult volunteers, school staff and policy makers to drive work further. Effective leaders emerge by representing their school on the FFI Regional Youth Leadership Team. Youth are seen as productive citizens by serving on school wellness committees FFI teams. The Farm to School program builds outstanding communicators by training them and providing them a team-teaching opportunity in elementary classrooms.
SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members
TOP 3 WAYS TO CELEBRATE FARM TO SCHOOL
National Farm to School Month is underway, and thousands of schools, communities and organizations across the country are celebrating! Whether you’re a teacher, food service professional, farmer, teacher or food-loving family, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Farm to School Month! Here are three from the National Farm to School Network:
1. Spread the word: Share your farm to school stories with friends and neighbors; use the hashtags #farmtoschool and #F2SMonth on social media; alert local media to what’s happening in your area. Farm to school has grown from a few schools in the 1990s to more than 40,000 today because of people like you educating their communities and policymakers.
2. Join the Big Day of Action: Pledge to make yourself heard on Oct. 22. It’s time for Congress to finish CNR and strengthen the USDA Farm to School Program. Call your legislator, tweet a photo of your school garden or local lunch, and use the hashtag #moreF2SinCNR to show your support for the Farm to School Act of 2015. Sign on today!
3. Enter the sweepstakes: During October, the Farm to School Networksis giving away four scholarships to the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, to be held June 2-4, 2016, in Madison, Wis. This biennial conference convenes a diverse group of stakeholders who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Enter now for your chance to win!
SUPPORT ACTIVE SITTING Mrs. K at Postville is raising funds to buy stability balls to use as chairs for the 4th grade students. On her DonorsChoose page, she writes, “My students are in school for seven and a half hours a day and in the general ed classroom for 6 of those hours. We are on a very rigorous schedule to help the students meet the benchmarks for fourth grade and while we do include brain breaks that allow them to get up and move, we don’t have the ability to do them as much as what some of the students need. The stability balls will help let out their fidgets while still staying on task at their table.”
OCT 29 – CHARITABLE GIVING WORKSHOP A workshop for professional advisers including estate planning attorneys, financial planners, trust officers, public accountants and others who advise on financial planning and charitable giving, will be conducted at the Wilder Business Center on the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), Calmar Campus on Thursday, October 29.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Well, some eagle eyes caught the difference between the “bumper” and “bummer” apple crop in last week’s tip. (Thanks for reading to the bottom of the page.) Here is another apple tip — a chart of apple varieties and the best way to use them, courtesy of the MN Apple Growers.