Northwest Iowa's Power of Produce (PoP) clubs moving virtual

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Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach – Northwest Iowa county extension offices plan to host the free kids’ program: Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) virtually.
 
This program was created at the Oregon City, Oregon, farmers market in 2011. Due to its success, it has spread to farmers markets all over the nation. The PoP Club has been in Minnesota since 2014 and is growing to markets around the state. For the past two years, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has introduced the PoP Club to multiple farmers markets in Northwest Iowa, including Rock Rapids, Sheldon, Hawardan, Akron, Moville and Sioux City.
 
The 2020 PoP Club will be moving virtual through the summer to encourage safe social distancing. The virtual PoP Club members will have access to two videos per month about gardening, nutrition, fun at-home activities and appearances from farmers market vendors from July to October. Members will also receive two booklets by mail with activities geared towards the monthly videos and fun activities to keep them engaged and continuing to try new local fruits and vegetables.
 
The goal of PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. The PoP Club booklet will include activities to encourage children to explore the different varieties of fruits and vegetables, while also learning about how food is grown. 
 
Children age 4 through 12 are welcome to join the PoP Club. Register your child(ren) at https://bit.ly/VirtPoPClub. Questions about the program can be addressed to Katelyn Brinkerhoff at 712-276-2157, or kbrink@iastate.edu.

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