Weekly Bits – May 8

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage

May is [Local] Beef Month. The smell of grilled burgers infiltrated the halls of Waukon Jr. and Sr. High on Thursday as the Allamakee Cattlemen were outside the front door grilling burgers for lunch. The beef was from a cow born and raised in Allamakee County, and processed at a locker three blocks away. The processing was covered by grant funds awarded to the Iowa Food Hub from USDA Farm to School and Allamakee County Community Foundation. Local burgers are on the menu at Postville and Decorah next week! Continue reading

Weekly Bits – April 17


Twenty-one youth from Allamakee, Clayton and Winneshiek counties competed in the NE Iowa 4-H Cook This! Challenge last weekend. The teams were tested on their cooking skills, like guacamole preparation (above), nutrition knowledge, and communication skills. Congratulations to the teams from Waukon, Monona and Clayton Ridge! Continue reading

Starmont Seeking Funds for Greenhouse

Starmont is applying for a $25,000 merit-based grant that is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to enhance education in the areas of science and math. The grant would be used to construct a new greenhouse that could be used for all grades K-12 to in enhance students’ education. The opportunities a new greenhouse brings are unlimited for all grade levels to learn. Continue reading

Weekly Bits – April 10

Seeing is Believing. Waukon High School ag teacher Jessica O’Connor wanted to take students on a field trip to a production greenhouse. A perfect destination was found: Rolling Hills in West Union, owned by Eric & Fern Unruh. After Rolling Hills, they toured the Iowa Food Hub, where they get many of the local foods for their school lunch program. They finished at Unionland Market–a great retail store that sells many local products, from baked goods to dairy. Students saw different parts of our local food system, from producer to distributor to retailer. More. Continue reading