Local group rallying for creation of YMCA in Decorah

(From News Reports)


Although plans for building a local community center have never come to fruition, a group of Decorah residents wants to revisit the idea. Decorah resident Sara Wientzen recently made a presentation to the Decorah Parks and Recreation Board regarding the need for a community center that would serve the whole county. Continue reading

Youth Leaders Address the Issues of Poverty, Hunger and Food Insecurity

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

Summer in Winter

The school garden beds in Oelwein are blanketed in snow and ice, and the sub-zero temperatures today seem so distant from the heat and humidity of the Northeast Iowa summer.  I have been filling up on roots: turnips, carrots, and potatoes.  Storage crops grown by local farmers this past season are keeping me nourished and warm during this season of sleep.  I am so lucky to have access to healthy, local food.  I am so privileged to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. Continue reading

Mindfulness: Inside the Kitchen and Out


IMG_6344What does mindfulness look like? What does it feel like? How does it work? Mindfulness as described by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. In the kitchen this is recognized most often with mindful bodies and felt through the subtle ebb and flow of energies. Continue reading

Around the World in 30 Days

Enhancing Palates and Educating Children One Sample at a Time



The greatest challenge when introducing new foods to children, or adults for that matter, is simply in getting them to take that first bite. Over the last thirty days we have managed to take the Decorah Middle School students taste buds on a journey beginning in the streets of Mexico with Pueblo Street Corn and ending in Hong Kong with Shiitake Mushroom & Pork Pot Stickers. This was no easy task. How might we get children/adults to try Jamaican Jerked Chicken you may ask? By telling them it’s rabbit meat. No Joke!

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