Wigglers move inside for winter

Here is an update from the environmental projects monitoring class at Central High School aka Central Green Team. Last year, they installed a large worm bin inside of the bus garage. This year they purchased a stackable worm bin for inside housing during the cold months. All 15,000 of the little red wigglers are happy and warm in their new home. They are still getting fed food scraps from the lunch room. The liquid that comes off the compost is collected and used to fertilize the lettuce that they have been growing in the greenhouse to use in the lunch room. Continue reading

Harnessing the Harvest

It is harvest season here at Allamakee and boy do we have a bounty! In clearing the garden beds for a winter planting, we harvested beautiful beets and krafty kohlrabi to be used by the Waukon Middle School Cooking Club. We also pulled a few surprise carrots from the beds! Continue reading

Farm to School Month in Allamakee!

October was a very special month for students across the nation that eat school lunch – Farm to School Month! Throughout the weeks leading up to Halloween, Allamakee schools celebrated by hosting cafeteria taste tests, learning how local food impacts the communities we live in and filling lunch trays with locally grown apples, pork and beef! All local food was purchased through the Iowa Food Hub which provides transportation and a market for farms growing food within 150 miles of West Union, IA. Typically, these are beginning farmers who harvest within the six county region of Northeast Iowa. Continue reading

Local groups publish first-ever study of six-year obesity trends among school children

What’s the most effective way to reduce childhood obesity? That was the topic of research conducted by the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, Luther College and Mayo Clinic. The research examined the impact of the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative on rates of increase in Body Mass Index in elementary school children families in Allamakee, Clayton, Chickasaw, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties over the course of six years. Continue reading