Curly Green Things

As a child I helped my grandmother in the garden but I never took it upon myself to plant something on my own – That was, until I had to. October of 2016 is a time that I will always remember. It was the first time in my life that I independently planted a food crop. After watching several YouTube videos and speaking with more experienced gardeners, I decided to give it a try. Continue reading

The day of LOVE

On Valentines day, students across the United States bring empty boxes to school with hopes of filling it with sweet cards and even sweeter treats. I’m not quite sure that the day focuses on “love” and “appreciation” anymore. In my opinion, Valentines day is that one day that all the healthy school rules go out the window and kids get to eat candy until their belly aches. Continue reading

Breakfast bags help families during winter break

Source: Oelwein Daily Register, 12/28/16.

 

Five families in the Oelwein School District are benefiting over winter break from a breakfast bag project created by fellow students. Under the leadership of Lauren Allbritton, FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service member through the NE Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative, a 4-H club was put together at the middle and high school. 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