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Friday, May 1, 2015

For Community Action, a Community Approach

“Imagine living in a poverty-free community,” the Western Community Action (WCA) website invites visitors. “Imagine living in a place where no child grows up poor or hungry or living in unsafe conditions.”

WCA works to make this a reality in the southwest region of Minnesota, and we are proud to be one of their partners.

Friday, April 24, 2015

SNAP-Ed Instruction Helps Kids Eat Healthier

Do nutrition education classes conducted in elementary schools by instructors trained in the principles of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) influence children to eat healthier foods? “Yes,” according to a study done by researchers from the University of Minnesota (U of M) Extension Center for Family Development.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Budget-Wise, Season-Wise: Farmers Markets

Spring weather is almost here and with that comes the beginning of farmers market season. In Minnesota, farmers market season starts in May and extends all the way to October. This gives you opportunities to try everything from radishes and garlic scapes in May to hard squashes and pumpkins in October.

Farmers markets provide a fantastic learning opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables — this can help broaden the variety of foods you get in your diet. If you see produce at the market you don't recognize, ask the farmers. Not only will they be able to tell you what the produce is, chances are they will have tips on how to prepare it. Many farmers provide samples of their produce for buyers to taste, so you can try a food before you buy it.
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