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

Heart Healthy February

It’s no secret that I like themes & holidays. I think special days should be recognized and celebrated, whether it’s a national holiday, half birthday, or month of awareness. Even the shortest month shouldn’t be overlooked. Even though I’m a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, during the month of February I found it more appropriate to focus on American Heart Awareness Month for the students’ sake. Continue reading

What’s What of Oatmeal


I’ve been teaching lessons about whole grains with my 20-plus classrooms. That’s a lot of talk about carbs! It’s been great and I’ve even learned more about whole grains: the different parts of a whole grain kernel and what they provide nutritionally, why we started milling grains, and different whole grains we can eat. (Ever heard of millet or farro? I hadn’t!) Continue reading

Eating Parts of Plants

As we’re transitioning out of October and Farm to School month, my classroom lessons are also changing focus. While it’s still a really important theme year-round, purchasing and eating local foods, I’m incorporating additional topics into nutrition lessons. Students are gradually understanding local food as we play the “Good for” game during each of my visits, and in all grades we’re talking about the different parts of plants that we eat. Many students have no idea what they actually eat and learning plant parts is a great introduction into further nutrition lessons. Continue reading

Meet Megan!

Head ShotMy name is Megan and I’m an AmeriCorps member serving with Decorah, North Winneshiek, and South Winneshiek schools this year. I am from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and have  a degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. During my time spent at UW-L, I developed a passion for issues pertaining to social justice, human rights, and feminism, but couldn’t find a way to merge all of these interests until I started working at Old Oak Family Farm in Bangor, WI.  I worked on the farm for two seasons and found that the local food movement is where everything I am passionate about comes together. Continue reading

Home in Northeast Iowa

“That’s my super taster, her name is Miss Erika!” I heard one student explain to his mom as he waved to me while I biked by him standing on the sidewalk waiting to cross the street.
“She’s the one that taught me to make those frozen bananas and yogurt!” shouted a first grader to his grandmother while I was out for a mid morning run.
The voices and faces of the children I served and the staff I worked with will forever be a reminder of this year of service.  A year filled with laughter and learning, growing and sharing, moving and teaching, and a year that fills me with thanksgiving for all of the schools and communities that I was able to be a part of.   As I move forward from this year, I am thankful that I was fortunate enough to land a full time position working in Decorah, and that I am able to continue to call Northeast Iowa my home!

S. Winn FFA Receives $10,000 for Greenhouse

South_Winneshiek greenhouse grantSeeds of Change(R), maker of organically grown seeds and nutritious organic foods, has announced this year’s 16 Share the Good grant recipients. The Salinas Education Center Garden in Salinas, Calif. will receive a $25,000 grant while 15 additional organizations will receive $10,000 grants to support new or existing community based gardening and sustainable farming programs.  The South Winneshiek FFA chapter in Calmar was a recipient of a $10,000 grant for their school greenhouse project. Continue reading