Congratulations to all the local dairy products that received purple ribbons at the Iowa State Fair. Many of the products shown above are produced right here in northeast Iowa!
FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage
Local food coordinators and food system partners gathered in Story City this week for the quarterly Regional Food System Working Group meeting. Systems trainer, Kathy Zuercher was the featured speaker, and she talked about how systems-thinking principles can be applied to food system work. My heart filled with pride as FFI was held up an example several times of how quality community relationships leads to quality results.
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson
Even the youngest kids can have cooking adventures! Young kids love helping with small tasks such as stirring and pouring ingredients. Older kids can learn to crack eggs and measure ingredients. Here are some great tips for working with kids in the kitchen.
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
You can find numerous gifts of movement every day in your own life. You just have to look around to discover where they are. Finding opportunities to move throughout the day is surprisingly fun. You may think your day is crammed so full that you can’t fit in one more thing. One opportunity you may not have considered is what is call “Active Waiting”.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Laura Liechty
Fun was had making healthy snacks and playing food games at the Clayton County Fair!
SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members
Chad Elliott, culinary specialist at Decorah Community School District was a featured panelist on a recent webinar hosted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. The webinar introduced the Midwest Menu — an effort to invite all schools across the Midwest to serve a coordinated lunch tray featuring local and regional foods on Thursday, October 22. Will your school be involved?
A new publication from ISU Extension and Outreach compiles dozens of resources for people interested in farming. “A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers” (LF 0006) contains information on everything from soil and composting to small farm equipment and whole farm planning, including information on food safety and seed saving. The structure was chosen after reviewing curricula from over a dozen incubators and other farm training programs from across the country. Most topics are geared toward fruit and vegetable growers and additional modules may be added depending on user interest-on topics such as livestock management.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Freezing is a great way to preserve fruits and vegetables. It is quick and easy to do and if you follow the directions you will have a high quality nutritious product.