Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

April 14, 2021

Working in a garden

Feed your club, community, country, and world with monthly, hands-on, and research-based activities and learning opportunities focused on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and abilities.

By working together across the state to grow gardens, we can not only provide food for our loved ones, but we can donate our harvest to food pantries while engaging in the gardening experience. We are working across Extension to share information and learning opportunities for all of Iowa, and Gardening to Give is the youth-focused program for this opportunity.

The Gardening to Give program will run from March 15th-October 30th, 2021. Registation is open!  Registration gives you gardening and growing research-based monthly activities and learning information. You do not have to be a 4-H member, but if you would like more info about the nation's largest youth development organization please call 319-234-6811 or email Diane at wolfejd@iastate.edu  

Register here for Gardening to GIVE!

February 10, 2021

 
FREE! In cooperation with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host the Farmers Market Nutrition Program webinar training for new and returning farmers market vendors March 25 or April 21.  This viewing option is provided as a service to individuals without access to a computer or limited internet service.
The Iowa Farmers Market Nutrition Program consists of the Women, Infants and Children FMNP and the Senior FMNP. The FMNPs are Congressionally-authorized programs that provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers markets and farm stands to nutritionally at-risk women, infants, children and low-income seniors.
The Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship does not limit the number of vendors who may become certified under FMNP. For more information and eligibility, visit IDALS Marketing, Horticulture and Farmers Markets.
Watch at HOME:
Thursday, March 25, 2021 10:30-11:30 AM (Central Time)
Use this link to register for the webinar: Registration URL:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4629555693885627660
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 10:30-11:30 am (Central Time).
Use this link to register for the webinar: Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4548869132592931596
OR
Watch at Black Hawk County Extension on dates listed: Please call to attend, 319-234-6811 or Contact Shelly Smith shellys@iastate.edu
Black Hawk County Extension: Waterloo, 3420 University Ave. Suite B., Waterloo

November 13, 2020

Thank You Food Corps Members, Clarissa Klostermann and Cadence Moon for sharing your 7 Tools Video! And a special thanks to DaQuan Campbell for sharing his knowledge about these tools!

November 13, 2020

Thank You Food Corps Members, Clarissa Klostermann and Cadence Moon for sharing your Apple Video! And special thanks to Abby Rippe for sharing her info and orchard with us!

Statewide Resources

  • Participate in these classes for child care providers focused on healthy, affordable food choices and physical activities for children. Department of Human Services-approved credit is available for those attending.

  • EFNEP and SNAP-Ed are free programs that help parents provide nutritious food for their families, leading to healthy children and strong families

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

  • Answer Line

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

  • Keep your family or your customers safe by following these food safety tips for foodservice operators, consumers, and educators.

  • Interested in canning, freezing, and dehydrating foods? Join our hands-on workshops to learn and practice safe food preservation techniques.

  • Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

    Spending less on food often means investing time and effort in planning, shopping and preparing food.  Check out our blog, website, and Facebook page to learn skills and adopt habits to feed your family nutritious meals for less money.

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