Ms. Gritzner’s Environmental Project Monitoring class at Central High School teamed up with Turkey River Farms to collect over 300 Halloween pumpkins during their Pumpkin Round-up (over 2 tons!). The goal was to divert organic waste from the landfill and feed it to livestock instead. Looks like the pigs approve. Continue reading
We held our first true high school FFI meeting during the school day. Twenty-five students were in attendance, which is roughly 3/4ths of the larger group. Continue reading
My service site is a school district, and in the first week of October they held their High School Homecoming. On the Friday of the homecoming game and the school spirit day, I hosted a mystery taste test featuring an orange vegetable to compliment the school’s colors: sweet potatoes. Continue reading
I was working after school in my office after a day of walking around the middle and high schools to introduce myself. I left my room to grab some materials from the printer, when I overheard 3 students badgering the secretary about who the ‘new woman’ was that they had seen during the school day. Seeing me, the secretary introduced the students, who decided to stay for a while and help me in the gardens in order to ask me questions about the FFI Program in their school. Continue reading
A “Round-Up at the Register” campaign at the Oneota Community Food Co-op has raised over $1,600 for the Northeast Iowa Farm To School program. Continue reading
The Waukon High School Food and Fitness Club (FFI) has been resurrected! Five mixed-year high school students felt they were not being taught enough in school about how to cook and provide food for themselves after graduation. Students, especially seniors, voiced concerns of inadequacy when it comes to shopping for food, eating healthy foods, cooking meals, and reading recipes. Other students came forward and expressed their desires to learn how to grow healthier foods as a way of saving money in the future. As students heard about this club, attendance grew from 5 students to 35 regular participants. Continue reading
Fayette County preschoolers have enjoyed learning about this nutritious local vegetable called Cabbage with Miss Vicki this month. Continue reading
Postville Elementary School celebrates Farm to School month with school garden sweet potatoes!