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Little Hands Garden

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!

Region 1 Tours Calico Skies Winery

On Wednesday, the region 1 Rising Star interns visited Calico Skies Winery, located outside of Inwood, Iowa.  The couple that owns and operates the winery and vineyard is Will Kimberley and Ashlee Bahnson-Kimberley. Calico Skies does more than just make wine.  They have their own vineyard and are also in the business of hosting weddings, receptions, and other special events.  They host all of these events in three different indoor rooms that can be rented out and have an outdoor location as well.  When we first walked in we were greeted with smiling faces and felt very welcomed.  

So What's for Dinner Tonight?

It’s almost the end of week three for the rising star interns and I am amazed about how fast these weeks have flown by. Between the farm tours, farmers market visits, seminars, and more we are constantly on the move! By the end of each day I am exhausted and asking myself the same question, “So what’s for dinner tonight?” 

Meet the 2016 Rising Star Interns

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:


Marketing Survey's - Sara's Individual Project

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. 

Cassie's WIC Clinic Food Tasting

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.