Preschool and Kindergarteners Make Yogurt Parfaits!

Seasonality, or the concept of eating according to the current season’s harvest, and location (the beautiful and hilly driftless!) were the determining forces behind the development of the Northeast Iowa Harvest of the Month calendar. This calendar (see below) is a three-year curriculum guide for introducing seasonal, local foods to school aged children. Continue reading

Give Your Brain a Break!

When I began as the Allamakee School District service member, I was given an Action Plan put together by the School Wellness Working Team and former service member Andrew. This plan outlines past Food & Fitness activities, current initiatives and goals for the future to be accomplished by none other than myself. I was overwhelmed. There was no way I could even begin to accomplish all that was listed, I barely had a school email address! Continue reading

Planting Garlic in December

Postville third-grade students took advantage of an unseasonally warm December afternoon to plant garlic in the elementary school garden. Three third-grade classes joined FoodCorps service member Claire outdoors to plant garlic cloves before the ground froze for the coming Winter months. Students considered the seemingly unusual Fall planting process, as many think about planting seeds in the Spring for Summer and Fall harvest. The groups talked about the near year-long process of planting, growing, harvesting and curing efforts that make the garlic plant ready for culinary uses. Continue reading