Today is the day. Today is the day. TODAY IS THE DAY! Today is the day that all of the Rising Star Interns will be giving their final reports and presentations. The presentations will be given to the deans of the College of Design and College of Human Sciences. Region 1, 5, and 7 interns have been spending the past few weeks putting together reports to present to the deans that talk about everything we have completed over the past 12 weeks of summer. It’s so weird to think that this is our last big group activity together. The Rising Star internship has been an experience of a lifetime and the best part about it, no two interns had the same experience. Isn’t that weird to think? This internship gave us all the opportunity to be creative and show our own talents in a variety of ways.
Eight videos of food preparation
I had so much fun giving these workshops! The workshops consisted of 5 fun activities pertaining healthy eating and focusing on fruits and vegetables. Each workshop started with an introduction activity, “I’m Going on a Picnic”. The youth selected a fruit or vegetable that started with the first letter of their first name. They would say “My name is [name], and I am going on a picnic. I am going to bring [fruit or vegetable].” The whole group would repeat their name and what they were bringing on the picnic.
Be on the lookout for a few more of my (Cali) food shorts to be posted on the Rising Star Intern page. I will be featuring a few recipes from ISU Extension and Outreach's very own Spend Smart. Eat Smart. website!
Throughout our internship, we have had the opportunity to work with a variety of people from Iowa State University and ISU Extension and Outreach. This past week, we met with Josh Sievers. Josh Sievers works with the Northwest Iowa Research Farm, a partnership between Iowa State University and Northwest Iowa Experimental Association. He, and the research farm, are also involved at the Lyon County demonstration garden. The demonstration garden is located at the Lyon County fair grounds in Rock Rapids, IA.
On top of raising the animals, Annie has found interest in Apothecary, botanical body care. She became interested after looking at the ingredient list on the lotion she was putting on her son when he was a baby. She began to research natural body products to make and learned how to make body care products from the plants in her own backyard. She enjoys what she does and always is looking for something new to make.
With Farmers' Markets now in full swing for the summer, Christel, Emily, and I have found ourselves traveling across Region 1 for some Fun with Food Tastings. This past weekend we spent the morning at the Lakes Area Farmers Market in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
The festival will run from 1PM to 5 PM on Sunday, September 25th with food, music, activities involving some of our local producers, and the opportunity to get to know more about the herbs grown in our area, how to grow them, and how to preserve them yourself! Hope to see you there!
Though each garden was different and had its own quirks, one theme extended through all of them- the importance of strong relationships. These gardens help bring together people in the community from all different walks of life. The building of relationships allows knowledge and food to be shared with individuals whom people may not usually connect with. The gardens are growing more than just produce, they are growing communities.
This past week the Region 1 Interns helped the Little Hands Childcare and Preschool plant their own raised bed garden. Margaret Murphy was there to lead and explain what was going to happen to the kids. She talked about what plants need to grow and how they were going to take care of the garden. The garden consists of a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The kids were very excited to get their hands dirty!