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Food hub provides local products for Decorah student meals during closure

by Chad Elliott, food director and culinary specialist, Decorah Community School District Our first week of serving 5,300 grab-and-go meals to students at Decorah Community School District felt a bit unpredictable. Schools with a 50% or more free and reduced meals rate qualify for COVID-19 Emergency Closure Meal Service. Schools under 50% need to apply … Continue reading Food hub provides local products for Decorah student meals during closure

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Iowa farmers markets offering online ordering, curbside pickup

This is a list of Iowa farmers markets that have announced they will be offering a virtual market option (online ordering and contactless/curbside pickup) this season due to COVID-19. Note that many markets are delaying their opening dates this spring. Check their websites and social media pages for announcements. Do you know of another market … Continue reading Iowa farmers markets offering online ordering, curbside pickup

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2020 Farm to Summer campaign

What is the Crunch into Cucumbers Campaign? “Crunch into Cucumbers” is a statewide effort to promote summer meal sites by celebrating local CUCUMBERS as the coolest vegetable of the summer. And kids will think so, too! We hope focusing on this refreshing, readily available veggie will increase participation at Iowa summer meal sites and support … Continue reading 2020 Farm to Summer campaign

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Value-added beef marketing focus of Sarah Smith’s research

by Sarah Smith, FFED Small Farms Team graduate research assistant Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s vision is to engage Iowans in solving today’s challenges and preparing for a thriving future. My doctoral research allows me to combine agricultural education, extension, and the beef industry in one. Growing up on a small Limousin operation near … Continue reading Value-added beef marketing focus of Sarah Smith’s research