National AmeriCorps Week!

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

This Holiday Season, Win Over Your Kale with a Nice Massage

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

Young Leaders Motivated to Make a Difference


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Keep a look out NE Iowa… I just met 25 amazing middle and high school students who want to address the health issues in their communities! Food insecurity, the imbalance of food distribution, poverty, access to healthy living environments, and … Continue reading

Getting Dirty

Even though there is blizzard expected for Northeast Iowa, North Winn Kindergarteners planted their first seeds on Tuesday this week.  The class worked together to plant yellow and red onions, as well as leeks. The seeds are pretty tiny, and look like a speck of soil, so it was a little challenging for the kids to see where they were putting the seeds. Overall, I think it went pretty well, and I’m hoping that we have onions and leeks come summer.  For now, just the smell of the dirt reminded me that warmer, garden-filled times are ahead! I can’t wait! Continue reading