Weekly Bits – Dec 2

WINTER FOOD BOX  The Iowa Food Hub is offering a Winter Food Box program to residents in Waukon, Elkader, Fayette, West Union, Oelwein and New Hampton.

Subscribers will receive five deliveries of our favorite, locally-produce winter veggies delivered every other week, January 16-March 13. They will receive produce staples like potatoes, onions, beets, squash, apples, sweet potatoes, hot house tomatoes, dried beans and salad mix. Early bird discounts available until December 16.

GIVE THE GIFT OF GOOD FOOD  Next week, information will be available so you can give the winter food box as a gift to a friend or to a local food pantry. Stay tuned!


FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

The Beginning Farmer Network met for the first time on Monday, November 14. With around 40 people in attendance, the enthusiasm and comradery were palpable. The crowd was excited about the gathering and opportunities for networking and collaborating- so much so, in fact, that members decided to meet monthly, with additional time slots for educational workshops, and even work nights for farmers to do paperwork together. More


EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

ABC News’s, Dr. Jennifer Ashton recently talked about a brand new study regarding new implications for preschool children and cued eating.  What is cued eating? Cued means prompted or signaled.  Watch and listen for more information. This is exactly what FFI has been talking about in Early Childhood with limiting screen time.


ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

The Riceville Community School District has a new penpal…MICHELLE OBAMA! The local SRTS Committee recently mailed some of their Walking Wednesday Let’s Move t-shirts to the White House to share with the Obama Family. Mrs. Obama responded with a note thanking them for the t-shirts and told them to keep up the great work. How about that!



The MFL MarMac Middle School HYPE Team (Healthy Peer Youth Educators) is participating in a fundraiser featuring local foods. The team is working with the Iowa Food Hub to raise funds for their club’s wellness activities. All the food items in the fundraiser were grown or produced in Northeast Iowa. Contact a HYPE team member or their coach Jennelle Schroeder for more information.


SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

Iowa Schools are encouraged to order Free Seedlings for spring through the DNR Trees for Kids program. Each school building and community may order one free packet of 200 bare-root seedlings, 50 each of four selected species. The seedlings, delivered in April or May, are often used as part of Earth Day/Week celebrations. Interested schools and communities must complete a simple application form by April 1, 2017.



NEW EVALUATION TOOL  The ISU Extension Local Foods TEam has developed Question Keeper: an online tool that allows users to quickly sort through field-tested survey questions to build their own questionnaires and other evaluation tools. The purpose is to enable everyone working in the area of food systems do their own evaluation. Users are free to modify the tools they generate in Question Keeper to match their own situation. The surveys and questions were developed by Local Foods Program staff and partners, including the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative.


F2S FRIEND  Thanks to the Allamakee Farm Bureau for their $100 donation to support taste-tests during Farm to School Cross-age teaching at the Waukon schools this year!



We have enjoyed an usually warm fall this year, but winter coat season is finally here! It is important that no matter what our own personal opinion is about the cooler weather outdoors, we still take children outside. Why go outside? There are many documented benefits to outdoor play.



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