Register for farm to school and EC virtual training Sept. 18

September 3, 2020

Join Iowa’s Farm to School and Early Care statewide community for a two-hour virtual training on Friday, September 18, from 1 to 3 p.m.!

Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Virtual Training.

REGISTER HERE by September 17. As soon as you register, you will receive a call link and passcode for the training. We will use Zoom video/call conferencing. Folks are encouraged to join via video if possible.

Hosted by the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition, this training will feature speakers from several organizations and offer opportunities for engaging group discussion. DHS credits are available!

The agenda includes:

  • updates from the coalition
  • farm to school month story-sharing
  • a presentation by Next Step Adventure for fall food education inspiration
  • and space for making local food connections.

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1–1:10 p.m.  Welcome! Using Zoom 

New to Zoom? No problem! We’ll take the first few minutes to share key Zoom features that will improve your virtual conference experience. Folks are encouraged to join via video if possible! 

1:10–1:20 p.m.   Updates from The Iowa Farm to School & Early Care Coalition and Network 

Representatives from the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition will share updates and information regarding a new website, resources, technical assistance support and statewide farm to school and early care data. 

1:20–1:45 p.m.   Full Plates and Farm to School Month: What are we cooking up? 

October is around the corner and with it comes National Farm to School Month! We’ll host group discussions about school and early care plans for celebrating. Coalition representatives will compile notes to create and share a statewide idea board. 

1:45–2:25 p.m.  Outdoor & Inside Adventures 

The creative minds of Next Step Adventure will highlight and demonstrate resources to inspire the season! You’ll get a variety of adaptable garden lessons, tips for outdoor learning and mindful activities that you can use in any setting from early childhood through high school. 

2:25–3 p.m.     Local Food Connections 

With the support of representatives from the Iowa Food Hub Managers Working Group and state agency leaders, we’ll dig into the best systems and practices for procuring local food. Two large group discussions, for schools and early care programs, will be facilitated and recorded.

  • School-based discussion facilitated by Tammy Stotts, Carrie Scheidel
  • Early care discussion facilitated by Krista Smith, Teresa Wiemerslage

3 p.m.    Virtual Training Concludes

Presenter bios

Shelly Johnson, Outreach & Energy Generator — Next Step Adventure

Shelly is recognized for leadership and success, motivating students of all ages. She is indispensable to a variety of Next Step products and services. Her boundless energy results in strong connections with people, schools, business, and organizations. Shelly teaches in formal and non-formal settings, specializing in health, nutrition, team building and Poverty Simulations. She holds a degree in elementary education, endorsements in reading and coaching, and an emphasis in middle level education.

Martha McCormick, Founder & Convener — Next Step Adventure

Martha uses creativity, partnership and fun to connect kids and adults with the natural world, and with themselves. She has a passion for experiential education that she applies to subjects as diverse as art, school gardening and yoga instruction. As the grandmother of a two-year-old she is rediscovering the wonder of worms, dirt, birds and bugs and carrying that wonder into her work.