SILT Announces Farmer Vetting Policy

For more than two years, young and disadvantaged farmers around Iowa have been asking what SILT will require to farm its farms. Applicants with no long-term access to land but who have experience and a business plan will make the first cut. The SILT Farmer Committee deliberated extensively over issues of equity and historic imbalance as well, and reviewers are instructed to be cognizant of those issues when reviewing applications. Continue reading

Walking Clubs are “Springing” Up All Over New Hampton

Spring has always been one of my favorite seasons. Everything smells fresh and new and it is finally warm enough to get outside for some nice, long walks. I do cooking clubs once a month, but I was itching to do something to get the kids outside and moving. At New Hampton Middle School, I started a walking club for 6th grade students, and at St. Joe’s for 3rd-4th graders. Each club will go for six weeks, meeting once a week. I will be keeping track of how many miles we walk as a club, and at the end of six weeks, we will have a party to celebrate our success! Continue reading

Building a Farm-to-Early Care and Education Community of Practice

 

NE Iowa Food and Fitness Early Childhood and Iowa Association of Education of Young Children recently attended the Farm-to-Early Care and Education Community of Practice National Meeting at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington D.C. the end of March. The meeting was sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Policy Equity Group. Continue reading

Local Meat to Schools: FFI Case Study

Farm-to-school programs around the country have wrestled with the challenge of sourcing local meat. To explore this question, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and Iowa Food Hub, sought to build a meat-to-school program in northeast Iowa. A new series of three publications provides highlights of the project’s successes and challenges, on the topics of sourcing products, working with pork producers and working with beef producers. Continue reading

Notes from the Field…with Denise Menne, Fayette County Early Education Associate

 

Warm rays of sunshine, a bit of rain showers, singing birds and flitting robins…spring is finally here!  It is time to dust off the bikes and air up the tires, lace up and the sneakers and get outside!  Fayette County has lots to offer with many opportunities to eat fresh and local as well as to get out and explore.  We have state, county, and city parks perfect for an afternoon of play and activity.   In the coming week’s Notes from the Field will spotlight some of Fayette County’s great outdoor areas. Continue reading

Star Wars and Yoga

With the nice weather and school coming to an end in May, kids have definitely started to get spring fever. Many teachers are noticing their students are having trouble focusing during the day. This month, I wanted to do an activity with the kids that would help them re-focus their thoughts. I found a story online that incorporated Star Wars and Yoga. As a fan of the movies, I was excited to try this with the kids. 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