Cutting back on added sugar? What does ‘added sugar’ really mean?

I recently read this article and thought as the Early Childhood Coordinator, parent and grandparent myself, I would share it with you.  As parents, grandparents, teachers and providers of young children this is great information to rethink what we are feeding our precious kids and what you are eating as a role models. Continue reading

Eating Out This Summer?

Eating out this summer with family?  Maybe you are going on vacation, going to grandma’s house or just out for a weekend drive. We all stop somewhere to eat on the way. You may want to read this article by the American Heart Association to help you make healthier choices for your family this summer. Starting May 21, 2018 things are changing  – I think for the better. Continue reading

My Experience with Farm to Early Childhood

I can’t believe my second and final service term is winding down. I have been partnering with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI) for about seven years now in both my personal and professional life. I have especially been able to enhance my experience and relationship with FFI through my experience as an Early Childhood FoodCorps service member. I have gained countless life-long relationships and have learned valuable lessons and skills. I had the really unique opportunity to be the first Early Childhood specific service member and it has been an extremely rewarding and beneficial experience. Continue reading

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week!

Thanks to the Special Teachers in Early Childhood who take time to ‘Role Model’!


I want to personal thank all the Early Childhood Education Teachers and Daycare Providers who are implementing Farm to Early Care and Education in their classrooms. You are truly making a difference in not only the children’s lives but you are influencing the lives of their families. Continue reading