Planting Garlic in December

Postville third-grade students took advantage of an unseasonally warm December afternoon to plant garlic in the elementary school garden. Three third-grade classes joined FoodCorps service member Claire outdoors to plant garlic cloves before the ground froze for the coming Winter months. Students considered the seemingly unusual Fall planting process, as many think about planting seeds in the Spring for Summer and Fall harvest. The groups talked about the near year-long process of planting, growing, harvesting and curing efforts that make the garlic plant ready for culinary uses. Continue reading

Area Schools Purchase $64,000 in Local Food

Northeast Iowa schools purchased over $64,000 in food from local farms in the 2016-17 school year. Fourteen school districts contributed numbers to the survey which is conducted annually by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on behalf of the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative. Continue reading

Mueller is honored at annual Extension Awards Ceremony

Cici Mueller has been a volunteer for Allamakee County Extension and the NE Iowa region for over fifteen years through her work with the Master Gardener’s program, inspiring young minds to explore this craft by creating a 4-H garden club, mentoring middle school and high school youth through Postville’s Food and Fitness club focusing work on wellness initiatives and coordinating the regional FEEST teams, and being a judge at local county fairs for horticulture and 4-H food competition. 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