Cooking with young students has become one of the most delightful and hilarious experiences I regularly have. The kindergarten and first grade cooking club in particular has established a great balance between loving the rules and sneaking food scraps during prep. They are very skillful at sprinkling grated cheese into their mouths without touching their fingers to their lips. Continue reading
Six Central students recently used an online fund-raising site to solicit donations for an unusual product. They wanted to buy worms—lots and lots of worms. Continue reading
4-H Food and Fitness members gathered from 9 school districts around NE Iowa for the Regional Youth Leadership Team winter gathering on the Luther College campus this month. These youth and adults from area schools meet quarterly to learn about wellness issues in their communities, identify projects to help their school or community, and network by sharing experiences of their club projects and build ideas for future ones. Continue reading
The Central cooking club is fortunate to have some amazing volunteers, including local farmers and former FoodCorps members Pete and Natasha! Continue reading
Hi! My name is Tess Bergman and I am a new AmeriCorps service member. I’m so excited to be serving with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative in partnership with Central Community School District in Elkader, Iowa. This school year I will be a resource to the Central Community schools in their mission to provide a learning environment that incorporates good nutrition, regular physical activity, and promotes overall wellness! Continue reading
Whether you’re harvesting your 30th season of heirloom tomatoes or have never before planted a plot, there’s a place for you in Elkader’s Community Garden.
Volunteers of all skill levels are needed to maintain the garden. In return, workers can help themselves to the harvest.
Ideally, we teach our children to celebrate Earth Day every day, but Earth Day projects at Central are a great way to get the students outdoors and to help the community. Continue reading
The Junior Food and Fitness Club started up again this past week. We had so many students sign up, that we had to add a third session during the week. Not a bad problem to have. Continue reading
It is one of my favorite times of the year, soup season! Soup heals the mind, body and soul. It is also one of the most simple and versatile dishes. As long as you have the base (olive oil, onions, carrots and herbs), the rest is up to your imagination. Continue reading