Weekly Bits – Oct 14

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

INRCOG’s Safe Routes to School Program is in full swing this school year! Read more about our friendly neighbors in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area.


FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

Teresa spent two days at a workshop to become a trainer of the Produce Safety Alliance curriculum that helps farmers with compliance to FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule for produce farms. While most NE Iowa farmers still have a couple years to become compliant to the new rule, the training will start to roll out in Iowa this winter and will be largely subsidized in cost. Farmers with questions about FSMA should check out the NSAC website for a flowchart and more info.


EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Denise Menne has accepted the new position of Farm to Early Education Associate in Fayette County. Denise will be providing leadership and coordination of FFI’s programming for children birth to age 5 and their families specifically in Fayette County. Her position is funded by a grant from the Robert and Ruth Walker Charitable Trust.



Cross-age teachers from Waukon and Postville have been trained and will be visiting elementary classrooms soon to deliver Farm to School lessons and taste-tests.


SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

Leading By Example
It’s no secret that students look to teachers as role models. When students see educators choose healthy foods and living active lifestyles, they are more likely to participate in similar health-promoting behaviors. These behaviors don’t have to be extreme to make a big impact. For example, staff can walk or bike to school, lead physical activity breaks, visit the school salad bar, drink water, eat healthy options in the cafeteria, and share what types of activities they enjoy outside of school. Taking simple steps can foster a culture of health where healthier behaviors are not only talked about but practiced.



Chances are, you’ve got a lot of fall produce from your garden. How do you store it and preserve the flavors? ISU Extension offers some solutions.

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