New Garden at Carrie Lee School

A garden has been planted outside Carrie Lee Elementary School in Decorah.


The garden, which was planted this spring and is being maintained through the summer, is an extension of the science curriculum at the school and a source of fresh produce for the school lunch program. Carrie Lee students prepared, planted, watered and weeded the garden this spring and summer. Continue reading

HSI Kick-off: Walk on Waukon

To the Editor:


Seven years ago the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative launched the “start somewhere” walk as an opportunity to engage Iowans to join us in making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. Since 2011, hundreds of thousands of Iowans have walked on the first Wednesday of October and we’ve seen a growing increase in making Iowa communities more walkable. Communities are adopting complete street policies, hiring staff dedicated to incorporating walking, biking and transit in transportation plans and launching walking school buses so kids can walk or bike safely to school. Continue reading

Ribbon Cutting at Twin Springs Farm

Over 20 community members and supporters gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Twin Springs Farm and Farmstand on Thursday, August 10th. An optional tour of the farm began at 5:30 on Twin Springs road, where Steffen Mirsky and Emily Pulsfus grow produce on an acre of Larry and Diane Grimstad’s farmland. At 6:00,  the group gathered at the farmstand at Off the Driftless canoe livery to enjoy samples of fresh produce and admire the murals painted by friends of the farmers. Pictured above, Steffen and Emily fittingly cut the ribbon with a garden shears while supporters look on.