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Keeping up with food safety requirements on the farm

by Teresa Wiemerslage, FFED field specialist Consumer demand for locally grown fruit and vegetables is on the rise. So is the expectation that all farms will follow agricultural best practices. Education and outreach efforts are critical. Growers need to know how to operate a farm under good agricultural and management practices. Producers also recognize that … Continue reading Keeping up with food safety requirements on the farm

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Chilled, LLC makes healthy freezer meals for busy families

Duane Johnson, FFED Enterprise Development Team Just more than three years ago in early 2018, Lindsy Trotter decided to start something. She had heard the grumbling and the complaints from friends and relatives, and she had experienced the same issues herself. Busy families trying to eat a healthy evening meal together were struggling. Cooking from scratch took … Continue reading Chilled, LLC makes healthy freezer meals for busy families

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Cross-age farm to school lessons continued at Turkey Valley despite pandemic

by Natalie Schneiter and Teresa Wiemerslage For several years now, Turkey Valley schools in northeast Iowa have participated in a farm to school cross-age teaching program. Teams of high school students lead lessons for elementary students featuring foods from local farms and businesses. Thanks to generous donations from the Turkey Valley Education Foundation, this program has … Continue reading Cross-age farm to school lessons continued at Turkey Valley despite pandemic