News & Events

 

August 2015

 

On the farm and in your community -
FOOD WASTE COMPOST TRAINING

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015; 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CEEE

Learn the fundamentals and key variables of the composting process, as well as how to incorporate utilizing food waste. The training will be beneficial for farmers, landfill operators, and those interested in composting at home. Presented by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) and the Office of the President at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Click here to view and share the flyer.

To register: iwrc.org/compost

 

UNI Local Food Program -
TASTE IOWA 2015

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015; 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Conrad, Iowa

 

Register now to be a vendor at the Food Expo or to participate in the All Iowa BBQ Showdown! Contact GNB Bank (888-456-3898) for more information. Learn more about Taste Iowa on Facebook.

 

UNI students improve access to local foods -
WATERLOO FRESH PRODUCE STAND

Students are serving two Waterloo neighborhoods through an initiative to make fresh, locally grown vegetables more available in areas that lack access to good foods at affordable prices. Through an arrangement with local farms, students volunteer to harvest the produce they purchase from farmers, saving labor costs and enabling them to sell the food at a lower price. The initiative creates opportunities for UNI students to engage the local community while bringing fairness to our food system.

See them in action on KCRG news. For more information, contact Kamyar Enshayan (kamyar.enshayan@uni.edu or 319-273-7575).

 

Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition (HCVC) -
FARMERS MARKET CHILDREN'S BOOTH
Tuesdays; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Downtown Waterloo Farmers Market

Join Green Iowa AmeriCorps at the HCVC Children’s Booth project for a variety of energy and environmental conservation activities, including planting flowers, making seed balls, creating your own reusable bag, and much more!

 

Open for the season -
COLLEGE HILL FARMERS MARKET
Thursdays through October 29; 4-6 p.m.
2205 College Street, Cedar Falls (map)

New vendors this year! Fresh produce, crafts, homemade bread, homemade jelly, fresh cut flowers, and food prepared by La Calle!

 

Residential/business solar topics online -
SOLAR ENERGY PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Four presentations from the Solar Energy Fair at the CEEE are now available for viewing on YouTube. Click below to view the presentations. Topics include:

 

Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition -
CHILDREN'S BOOTHS AT LOCAL PARKS
Tuesdays now through August 11, 2015; 11:00 a.m-12:30 p.m.
Waterloo & Evansdale

Join Green Iowa AmeriCorps for energy and environmental conservation activities in parks around Waterloo and Evansdale this summer. All activities are free and open to the public!

Contact Carmen Finken for weekly locations (carmenfinken@gmail.com) or call the Green Iowa AmeriCorps office (319-273-7233).

 

The Way We Live -
STUDENTS TAKING ACTION

Watch how middle school teacher Emily Stensland used the book, Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel, to engage her students in exploring needs and wants around the world, taking action, and mentoring younger students. Click here to watch her professional development video (72 sec.).

Another group of creative, dedicated teachers from a 2014 workshop helped their students learn about the life cycles of products. Students explored the materials in a cell phone, found out where the raw materials were extracted, and estimated the distance each component traveled.
Read about even more classroom examples here from the professional development course, Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well.

 

Buy Fresh Buy Local -
NEW LOCAL FOOD GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE!

The Buy Fresh, Buy Local Food Guide helps connect consumers to the array of local foods available in Black Hawk and surrounding counties. Find local farmers and restaurants, grocery stores, cafés, retail stores, and institutions who purchase locally grown foods! View and share the guide now!

Contact Jodie Huegerich, UNI Local Food Program Coordinator (jodie.huegerich@uni.edu or 319-273-7883).

 

UNI Local Food Program -
DONATE PRODUCE TO THE FOOD BANK

Gardeners, did you know that you can plant and donate extra produce in support of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank? Help the food bank collect Fresh Food for Families!

For more information, contact Sheri Huber-Otting (shuber-otting@feedingamerica.org or 319-235-0507 ext. 108).

 

Solar and Wind Powered Fun -
SUMMER CAMP FOR UNI-CUE STUDENTS

Students from the UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE) explored engineering and energy related STEM careers by building and testing model solar vehicles and designing a wind turbine. Participants also investigated which materials worked best in the design of passive solar buildings. Read more online!

 

PV system upgrade -
MONITOR CEEE ENERGY PRODUCTION LIVE!

The CEEE recently upgraded its PV system to provide more power – an increase from 900 to 1,500 Watts. Monitor CEEE energy production onlineThis webpage reports past production, calculates carbon offset, produces graphs, and displays photographs. Each PV panel is monitored separately, allowing the CEEE to perform experiments comparing various panel orientations and measuring the effects of snow or dust.

Read more about the CEEE facility features!

 

September 2015

 

UNI Local Food Program -
GRUNDY COUNTY FARM CRAWL

Saturday, Sep. 12, 2015; 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Get ready to visit vendors at farmers markets in Grundy County (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) and head out to visit area farms (1:00-4:00 p.m.). Mark your calendar and watch for more information to come!


UNI Homecoming -
i-RENEW IMAGINE ENERGY TRAVELER

Saturday, Sep. 19, 2015

CEEE’s Pat Higby will demonstrate solar energy by using solar panels attached to the i-RENEW Imagine Energy Traveler to make popcorn! Information about the F.R.E.E. program’s educational materials will also be available.


UNI Local Food Program -
CEDAR VALLEY FARM RIDE

Saturday, Sep. 26, 2015

Join the community bike ride to area farmers markets and farms! Twenty and 50 mile rides will be offered, beginning in the morning and finishing at the RiverLoop Public Market Co-op in Waterloo. Save the date! Details and registration information coming soon. (Presented by the Cedar Valley Cyclists, Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership, Hansen’s Dairy, Three Pines Farm, and the Blue Zones Project.)


UNI Local Food Program -
2015 FARM TO FORK HARVEST CELEBRATION

Sunday, Sep. 27, 2015
Buchanan County

Mark your calendar for self-guided farm tours (1:00-4:00 p.m.) and a local food dinner at Independence Junior Senior High School. Details and registration information coming soon!