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Register by June 16 for virtual Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference

by Chelsea Krist, FFED farm to school coordinator We have more than 150 stakeholders already registered! The Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition invites you to attend the first-ever, virtual Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference, planned for June 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. The virtual conference is free and … Continue reading Register by June 16 for virtual Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference

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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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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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State partnerships deepen to create the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition

by Chelsea Krist, FFED farm to school and ECE coordinator Big news! The Iowa Farm to School Coalition and the Iowa Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition recently merged. Here’s how shared interests and the collaborative nature of their work brought them together to create the newly established Iowa Farm to School and Early … Continue reading State partnerships deepen to create the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition