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October 22, 2014

October is National Farm to School Month.   Farm to School is alive and growing in northeast Iowa schools because of the support of the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI).

September 30, 2014

Here is an abbreviated version of the article on accidental home invaders.  Fall is the time of year when unwelcome pests look for shelter for the winter. It is a good time to check your home and outbuildings to discourage pests from taking up residence.

September 12, 2014

As the weather cools and summer gives way to fall, a favorite fall pastime emerges: apple harvesting.  Whether you pick apples from the tree in your yard or visit a local U-pick orchard, here are some tips from ISU Extension and Outreach to make the most of your apple harvest.

October 11, 2012

Seventeen young ladies gathered Saturday, October 6th to learn everything from how to make edible modeling dough to how to position a baby who has something caught in his throat at a basic babysitting class held at the Oelwein RAMS Center.

The 6 1/2 hour class cost participants $15 and was conducted by Fayette County Extension Youth Coordinator, Michele Kelly, with assistance from Oelwein Fire Captain, Mike Thoma. The girls came from Oelwein, Fairbank, Maynard, Manchester and Calmar.

Some of the girls, who ranged in age from 11 to 13, had some experience caring for young children, but they all wanted to gain more skills. Topics ranged from what information a sitter should always get from parents to the safest way to use the bathroom if the sitter is alone with a young child who is not asleep.  The girls also had an opportunity to make a healthy snack, a boo boo bunny and practice holding and diapering a life size baby doll, borrowed from West Central Consumer Science class.

May 7, 2012

Dead spots in the lawn, shrubs to prune, insects on garden vegetables, unidentified blooming flowers – these are all things that prompt Iowans to call their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office for consumer horticulture questions.

Resources

Families Newsletter

Science of Parenting Resources

Statewide Resources

  • Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.
     

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Learn about connecting family and the environment, get ideas on “living lighter”, and share your experiences and thoughts on how to positively impact economic and environmental health through sustainable living.
     

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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