F2S Grant: Spicing Up the Garden

Guest post by Tammy Stotts, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship


Since legislation passed in 2007 for the Iowa Farm to School Program, few Farm to School initiatives have had more impact than the A Garden is the Way to Grow initiative.  Gardening empowers students by offering them a hands-on learning experience, teaches them about growing food and gives them the opportunity to get outdoors. Continue reading

New Publication Looks at Funding Opportunities in Local Foods

Looking to start a local food business or processing facility? How about a school garden? As local food systems continue to develop, community leaders need access to capital to start or sustain their efforts. The good news is, there are funding options available from both federal and non‐federal sources – regardless of whether you are a producer, institution, community or nonprofit. Continue reading

Grant: School Family Nights with a Wellness Twist

School family nights are a great way to bring families together at school for an evening of fun activities that include games, events, and competitions that everyone can enjoy. Consider adding a wellness twist to your night to engage families in your school’s wellness efforts. Invite community organizations to perform health screenings, provide educational materials, coupons, information about their business, or donations for giveaways. Don’t forget a photo booth where families can capture memories that include a wellness message! Continue reading