This month, the New Hampton Elementary and St.Joe’s cooking clubs both had the opportunity to try a trendy new food: smoothie bowls! Continue reading
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
The St. Joe’s Cooking Club had a fantastic time making Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles) using a spiralizer this week. They were particularly impressed with the length of the zoodles, and the shape of the of the core. We made the zoodles even more delicious by adding real parmesan cheese made at the Oneota Food Co-op, grape tomatoes, and garlic. They were a huge hit with the kids! Continue reading
With Farm to School month in full swing, I have been doing taste tests to highlight local foods at St. Joe’s and the New Hampton public school. I started with doing a taste test of roasted pumpkin seeds using seeds from St. Joe’s school garden. From there I progressed to doing a variety of bell peppers and hummus at the public school. Once I had done my first taste tests at both the school I’m serving at, I decided to get a little more ambitious. One day, I decided it would be a great idea to do a kale chips taste test at the public school for the entire elementary and middle school! Although all of the taste tests I did have gone pretty well, there were some lessons I learned along the way…. Continue reading
National Walk to School Day was a huge success in New Hampton this morning!Continue reading
“It smells like summer in here!”
“I love how dirt feels on my hands!”
“Can we take these home?”
“Woah! Those seeds are so small!”
“I put the seed in its spot. Should I hide it now?”
I bet you didn’t know that you could exercise and make a yummy snack at the same time!
The Chickasaw County Extension office will hold three workshops on Thursdays in February. The sessions will focus on family wellness while trying to balance busy schedules.
The school garden beds in Oelwein are blanketed in snow and ice, and the sub-zero temperatures today seem so distant from the heat and humidity of the Northeast Iowa summer. I have been filling up on roots: turnips, carrots, and potatoes. Storage crops grown by local farmers this past season are keeping me nourished and warm during this season of sleep. I am so lucky to have access to healthy, local food. I am so privileged to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. Continue reading