Watching Them Grow – Gardening with Young Children

Most young children enjoy being outdoors and love digging in the dirt, getting dirty, creating new things and helping their parents.  So why not plant a garden together?  Gardening is a wonderful family activity since everyone can get involved in planting, growing and harvesting from your own backyard.  Even if you don’t have the time or space for a full-blown garden, your kids can enjoy starting a few vegetables in a pot on your porch or patio. Continue reading

The Greatest Gift is Time

Time is precious.  The fast pace of our modern-day family life made it difficult to find time to spend with our young children.  The activities and opportunities available were endless!  Normal life was flying by as we all rushed through our days to keep up with our very busy family schedules.  But recently, the unthinkable happened!  Overnight our fast-paced family life came to a screeching halt! Continue reading

Fayette County Food & Fitness F2ECE News

In 2012, Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative (NEIFFI) began working with Early Childhood and Care (ECE) settings in six NE Iowa counties to encourage healthy habits at an earlier age through Farm to Early Care and Education (F2ECE).  The goal of NEIFFI is to provide intensive technical assistance to support early childhood settings in adopting healthier habits, local food sourcing, gardens, and an education curriculum. Continue reading