Weekly Bits – Nov 18

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

The Wellmark Foundation awarded 30 Community Kickstarter grants totaling $277,654 for initiatives intended to make Iowa communities more active or improve access to healthy foods. The Northeast Iowa grant recipients are:
$10,000             Harpers Ferry Family Splash Zones
$10,000             Monona City Park  Trailhead, Monona
$10,000             New Hampton TRIBE Trail, New Hampton
$10,000             New Hampton School New Playground Equipment
$10,000             Supporting and Sheltering the Farmers Market, Riceville Continue reading

Weekly Bits – Nov 4

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

The grant report for our Hub to School project came out this week. In order to truly grow farm to school programs, there needs to be an intermediary market like a food hub that can serve as a facilitator between the farmer and the school. Schools are a low-margin, high-volume market and food hubs need multiple producers available to meet the demand. Food hubs also need enough capacity to conduct weekly calls to schools to collect orders. Continue reading

Weekly Bits – Oct 28



Eleven high school and middle school FFI 4-H teams gathered at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette for the first Regional Youth Leadership Team meeting of the year. The day started with a lego leadership activity which led into an Amazing Race with stations on nutrition, wellness and physical activity challenges. After lunch, teams brainstormed fundraising ideas and shared some of the activities occurring at their schools. Continue reading

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