Weekly Bits – July 7

Sprout Scouts is a program created by FoodCorps aimed at helping elementary students learn what healthy food is, fall in love with it, and eat it everyday. Central hosted three sessions for K-5 gardeners this summer. Some of the activities we did were journaling, lesson-based snacks, garden maintenance, planting, reading, games, and more!



FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

LOCAL FOOD MENTORING  Teresa has been serving as a mentor in a project for local food coordinators. During a learning circle that took place in the fall of 2015 with experienced and beginning local food coordinators around Iowa, the need for peer and lived-experience support was openly confirmed. New local food coordinators, especially those who are the first in their newly created position, shared that they can often times feel frustrated, isolated and discouraged due to unclear expectations, differing priorities from stakeholders, and no one else in their office or region with a similar position to talk to about their concerns. With funds from a SARE-PDP grant, experienced mentors have been paired with new coordinators for the next year.


EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Food is a part of our daily lives. Food is a cause for celebration and often a part of a celebration. Kaleidoscope Kids Child Care Center’s preschool programs offered through Hippity Hop Preschool and KKCC 3 Year Old Preschool recently hosted their first food celebration. Families enjoyed snacks made with  locally grown foods which the preschool students learned about throughout the year.


ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

It’s SAFARI time in Northeast Iowa! Now is the perfect time to get out and explore the natural, cultural and historical treasures of our region. Check out the Driftless Safari in Winneshiek County and the Turkey River Safari in Clayton and Fayette Counties for some fun, active and educational day trips this summer.



Kaci Rausch, from Turkey Valley FFI, is into educating the Farmers Market customers – and anyone else that she meets – about eating healthy, affordably and creatively. She offers calendars with healthy recipes, exercise suggestions to all who stop by at the Winneshiek Farmers Market.



YOUTH FIELD DAY  Want to discover science in action? Famed agronomist Ray Archuleta will be at Growing Greener 4-H Greenhouse on July 9 for a youth field day. Bring your 4-H club!


SOIL FIELD DAY  Ray Archuleta, famed soil health expert, will be at Flolo Farms near West Union on July 10.


FOOD AND FARM NETWORK  The June 11 gathering of the network drew a crowd of 13 farmers and food businesses to WW Homestead Dairy in Waukon. Despite the hot weather, this group of food and farm entrepreneurs took a break from their farms to learn about the dairy’s story, meet up with other farmers, and, of course, eat some ice cream! The Network will meet at Kymar Acres on July 16.



The benefits of a local food system are vividly demonstrated at our county fairs each year. At four county fairs in northeast Iowa, 4-H members sell their livestock projects at an auction at the end of the fair. In addition to receiving top dollar for their animals, youth get to shake the hand of the person who bought their animal and create an instant connection from farm to fork.


Winneshiek County, July 15, 10 am
Chickasaw County, July 17, 9:30 am
Allamakee County, July 23, 5 pm
Clayton County, August 7, 9 am

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