NOT EVERYONE IS WELCOME HERE
Families and kids are welcome to this school garden in New Hampton (above) — but Peter Cottontail is NOT! St. Joseph school received a grant from Theisen’s to install fencing around the raised beds at their school to limit the four-legged visitors, and it looks great! More pics on Facebook.
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Halesia Johnson
Speaking of garden pests–a deer has been visiting the Sunflower Daycare Garden in Decorah and leaving evidence behind. Read how intern Kate Lower has been dealing with this challenge.
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
UERPC recently published the Northeast Iowa Safe Routes to School 2013-2014 Annual Report. This report highlights student travel mode to and from school, as determined by the SRTS Travel Tally- a one-time, three-day snapshot of student travel collected by schools on a voluntary basis each spring.
REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage
We had very special guests in northeast Iowa this week. John Fisk, director and Devona Sherwood, program officer at the Wallace Center spent two days with FFI partners to learn more about our food system and food hub work. The Wallace Center is a technical assistance provider for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. A major part of the work of the Wallace Center’s National Good Food Network, the Food Hub Collaboration is working to ensure the success of existing and emerging food hubs in the United States. We are thankful for their time!
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Laura Liechty
FFA students from Crestwood High School in Howard County are investing a portion of their chapter funds in a local meat processing plant where a return on profits will be used for scholarships after graduating. The students are taking great steps to invest in their future; they even had the opportunity to take part in getting new legislation passed in order for their plan to be approved. Listen to the IPR recording here.
SCHOOL WELLNESS – Emily Neal, Food Corps, AmeriCorps
Last week, Postville’s summer school had more of an international flavor to it. They made a typical Vietnamese dish, spring rolls, and American fruit kabobs. The kids had a great time chopping up carrots, cucumbers, basil and their garden’s own cilantro and rolling it up in rice paper. One young man was in charge of making our dipping sauce with soy sauce, brown rice vinegar and scallions.
The Center for Sustainable Communities at Luther College is hosting an Institutional Food Buyers Workshop on Wednesday, July 30. The event will take place from 1-4 pm in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union. The afternoon will be geared specifically towards colleges and universities, hospitals, nursing homes and K-12 schools within the region. Please RSVP to Maren Stumme-Diers, Sustainable Foods Educator via the online RSVP Form at your earliest convenience, but no later than Friday, July 18.
Labor remains one of the key challenges for fruit and vegetable growers who want to scale up their operations to serve increasing consumer demand for local produce. A new manual from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture offers one possible solution: sharing machinery.
ISU Extension and Outreach in Clayton County is hosting a “Food Preservation 101” class on July 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Peace United Church, 301 N. Main St. in Elkader. Participants will learn the basics of canning, freezing, and dehydrating food during the two-hour workshop.
TIP OF THE WEEK: Thinking about a garden at your school, preschool or daycare? Gardens provide a way for children to grow, harvest, prepare, and ultimately taste new fruits and vegetables. When appropriate precautions are taken, fruits and vegetables from school gardens can be served safely to students. There are a number of things to consider when choosing a location for the garden. This publication can help.