Rising Stars Blog

Our Individual Projects
June, 2, 2016

A list of the Rising Star Interns projects.

Where the wine is aged Our First Farm Tour - Little Swan Lake Winery
May, 31, 2016

The Rising Star interns have had a great time so far working throughout their regions. Region 1 had our first farm tour of the summer. We visited Little Swan Lake Winery out in Estherville, Iowa. Little Swan Lake is more than just a winery.

2016 Rising Star Interns Meet the 2016 Rising Star Interns
May, 26, 2016

Hello! The Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Rising Star Interns are back for another summer in Northwest Iowa. This is the Rising Star Internship’s third year of existence, and we are excited to continue working with local foods. During the summer, each of us will be posting about our activities and individual projects. Our job description is below for you to learn more about what a Rising Star Intern does and what to look forward to in the blog this summer:

Rising Star Interns Hard Rock & Food Bank of Siouxland Tours
July, 14, 2015

As rising star interns, we get a lot of opportunities to do a variety of activities.  Last week we got to experience two very different parts of the food system in Sioux City.

Article from LeMars Daily Sentinel Media Coverage
July, 13, 2015

Have you ever felt like everywhere you go, people know who you are?

That's how it feels being a Rising Stars intern, especially since so many of the local newspapers and farmers' markets have written articles and advertised our work here in Northwest Iowa this summer.  My hometown paper, the LeMars Daily Sentinel, did an article on us, and interviewed me about the work I'm doing this summer as an intern. 

Rising Star Interns at Fun with Food Tasting Fun with Food Tasting
July, 7, 2015

On June 27 the Region 1 Rising Star Interns traveled to the Spencer Riverfront District Farmers’ Market to do a food tasting. After setting up our table, we walked around to all the different vendors to decide on a recipe to prepare fresh right in front of customers. 

Sara speaking with individual Marketing Survey's - Sara's Individual Project
June, 29, 2015

My individual project for the summer is to help local farmers markets gain publicity and outreach with the community. 
I have been doing surveys in grocery stores and at farmers’ markets in order to find the best way yo market farmers' markets. I plan to do a survey at a farmers’ market and a grocery store in every county. So far, I have completed surveys in 4 grocery stores and 5 farmers’ markets. 

WIC Clinic Food Tasting Cassie's WIC Clinic Food Tasting
June, 25, 2015

For my individual project I am preparing Zippy Zucchini Salad for adults and children to try while they wait or on their way out of the clinic. It contains zucchini, tomatoes, green pepper, and green onion with a vinegar, sugar, and olive oil dressing on top. I also have hand-outs of the recipe in English and Spanish and a list of the farmers’ markets in the 6 counties that currently accept WIC checks to be used to buy fresh produce. 

Food Demo setup Food Demos and Food Giveaways
June, 23, 2015

This week you will be hearing from me, Lauren the Region 5 intern.  This week Hannah and I did a number of food demos in various locations throughout Northwest Iowa. 

Calico Skies Winery Wine and Dine
June, 16, 2015

On Wednesday, June 10, The Region 5 ( Lauren and Hannah) and Region 1 ( Cassie, Sara, and Mackenzie) interns traveled to Inwood to take a tour of Calico Skies Winery and Vineyard.