YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Laura Liechty
Summer in Iowa means youth are having livestock, cooking and gardening projects judged at county fairs. Chickasaw youth (above) line-up their production chickens to be evaluated. In Allamakee County, the judge goes to the youth’s home to see their vegetable gardens.
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Halesia Johnson
Kate Lower wraps up her internship with FFI this week and reflects on how the experience has solidified aspirations for her future. “My love for Food and Fitness has continued to grow, and I am certain that I will be forever connected and attached to it.”
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
RAGBRAI, the annual week-long bike ride across Iowa, is wheeling through NE Iowa RIGHT THIS MINUTE! The route travels through Fayette County today and Clayton County tomorrow. What better time than now, as the 10,000+ RAGBRAI riders pedal through our breathtaking landscape, for a quick bike safety refresher.
REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage
Allamakee New Beginnings (ANB) has established three new funds to increase access of locally-grown and processed foods in northeast Iowa. ANB is the non-profit sponsor of the Iowa Food Hub (IFH). IFH unites the mission and vision of its partners, including NE Iowa FFI, by buying food from local farmers, and selling it and delivering it to the places where most people get their food, like school food service and grocery stores. The funds were created to facilitate community investment in the regional food system.
SCHOOL WELLNESS – Emily Neal, Food Corps, AmeriCorps
Edible Earth campers enjoyed a week-long fiesta of learning about local healthy food and cooking! Campers ages 2nd – 5th grade explored the local food system and enjoyed it’s bounty with the FoodCorps and AmeriCorps members from FFI.
Iowa Farm to School has joined Facebook. Keep up with the latest Farm to School initiatives and opportunities, and see the amazing things happening around the state. Look for regular features such like Garden Tips, Fun Fact Friday, photos showcasing IOWA, latest information on Farm to School initiatives, opportunities and contests.
The Leopold Center has been working on four new videos about the importance of local food – for Iowa communities, farmers, young people and our landscape. The series is called “Why Local? Why Now?” It’s a look at some of the reasons behind the many investments that are being made to strengthen regional and local food systems in our state.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Country View Dairy was featured on Iowa Public Radio this week. CVD is the state’s only on farm yogurt shop. Dave and Carolee Rapson have been milking about 150 Holsteins since 2002 when they moved to Hawkeye from Michigan. In 2009, when the prices they were paid for milk hit all time lows and feed prices tripled, they knew they needed to diversify to stay in business. After much research, the opted for yogurt. they started making it in 2011 and have expanded from 15 stores in Iowa to 200 retail locations in seven states.
TIP OF THE WEEK: Fast food is expensive and most options are not as healthy as homemade meals. A recent ISU dietetics graduate is learning there is a “life” aspect that can’t be ignored. She, like most, values her time, health and money. So she asked – is take-out lunch really more expensive, less nutritious and quicker than a homemade version? The Spend Smart Eat Smart Team sent her on a mission and here is what she learned about making tasty burritos at home.