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
North Winneshiek School students bumped up their observance of Farm to School Month in October by sampling red, yellow and orange sweet peppers purchased from a farmers market vendor. Continue reading
North Winneshiek School sixth grade students picked vegetables from the school garden to cook an African-style one-pot meal. Adding our onions, tomatoes, peppers and kale to purchased foods, they made sweet potato, peanut butter and lentil stew to finish a multidisciplinary unit on Africa. Continue reading
Many North Winn students, parents and community members attended our health and science fair after school March 10. Coordinated by our School Wellness Team, we combined events to increase interest and attendance. Participants could pick up a “passport” and have it stamped by exhibitors to earn a prize.
North Winn Kindergartners and Third Graders, working as buddies, recently made salads that contained many kinds of food. Each buddy pair selected one ingredient from each of several categories, and voted for their favorite recipe. Continue reading
Spring is the peak of Bike Rodeo season in Northeast Iowa, meaning my schedule gets pretty darn busy. Continue reading
The North Winneshiek School Board recently received $2,500 from the Monsanto Fund, “America’s Farmers Grow Communities.” Monsanto selects a farmer as the winner of the $2,500 and then they selected the non-profit organization that will receive the donation. Continue reading
It’s National AmeriCorps Week!
If you’re not familiar with the AmeriCorps organization, what their members do, or why it matters, I would love to spread the word. Knowledge is power, people! Continue reading
A few weeks ago I was giving a Stone Soup Lesson at N. Winneshiek where we were using all the left over vegetables from the final harvest of our school garden to make a huge “Stone Soup” for national Food Day. The kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade classes all helped to make the soup and read the story in advance. Students were chopping carrots, potatoes, parsley, onions and thrashing beans. Continue reading