Grow! Know! Whoa! Program

Area youth ages K-5 are invited to join the ISU Extension and Outreach Rising Star Interns for 3 FREE food education activities taking place throughout Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Sioux, O'Brien and Clay Counties this summer. 


Youth participants will take part in hands-on activities to discover:


  • how plants grow and flourish;
  • how to easily and safely prepare fresh produce; and
  • how to enjoy fruits and vegetables. 

Youth who attend one 'Grow,' one 'Know,' AND one 'Whoa' event this summer will earn a prize! Youth can attend events in any county on any of the dates specified below.



GROW!GROW! Become a garden superstar! Youth will plant their own food and find out how to care for it. 


   June 8, 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Sioux Center Library


   June 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Sibley Library


   June 16, 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Spencer Library


   June 20, 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Rock Rapids Library


   June 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Spirit Lake Library


   June 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m. - Sanborn Library


   June 27, 1:00-2:00 p.m. - Alton Library



KNOW!KNOW! Become a nutrition whiz! Youth will discover the importance of filling half their plate with fruits and vegetables. 


   June 10, Noon-1:00 p.m. - Sibley Summer Celebration


   June 17, 9:00-10:00 a.m. - Spencer Riverfront Market


   July 8, 9:00-10:00 a.m. - Area Lakes Farmers Market


   July 10, 4:45-5:45 p.m. - Sheldon Farmers Market


   July 17, 5:00-6:00 p.m. - Rock Rapids Farmers Market


   July 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. - Hawarden Farmers Market



WHOA!WHOA! Become the next best chef! Youth will explore easy ways to prepare snacks with fresh ingredients.


July 12, 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Osceola County Fair


July 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Sioux County Youth Fair


July 19, Noon-1:00 p.m. - Dickinson County Fair


July 19, 6:00-7:00 p.m. - Lyon County Fair


July 25, 12:30-1:30 p.m. - O'Brien County Fair