Hello everyone, Katelin, Grace, and Rachel here! We are the 2019 Rising Star Region 20 (southwest Iowa) Interns. We arrived at our summer home in southeast Iowa on May 13 to begin our summer adventure with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Within the first week we have been very busy planning many summer events all over region 20, touring Lee, Louisa, Henry, and Des Moines County, visiting a local egg producer, and helping plant a garden. We were welcomed with open arms at each and every place we toured and visited. As soon as we arrived in the office we hit the ground running! We are excited to get the summer started with all of the events we have planned. Promoting local foods is our main priority this summer and we are excited to promote all of the amazing local foods sources within Region 20. Get to know a little bit about us below and follow our blog to keep up with all of the amazing things we will be doing this summer!
(Left to right: Katelin, Grace, Rachel)
“I’m excited to spend the summer combining my two passions for agriculture and education and using them to promote local foods throughout my internship with the Region 20 Rising Star”
Hometown: Sumner, Iowa
Major: Agriculture Education
Hobbies: Kayaking, Swimming, fishing, and spending time with my family, friends, and pets
Fun Fact: I have 8 llamas!
“I love that I am going to get to spend my summer doing something I am passionate about: connecting the consumers with the producers.”
Hometown: Worthington, Iowa
Hobbies: spending time on the farm, doing anything outside, and taking naps with my cat
Fun Fact: I’ve shown cows since the 4th grade
“I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to make personal connections with local food producers and be an integral part of promoting their delicious and nutritious whole foods to the community to support the farm-to-table movement.”
Hometown: Mount Carroll, IL
Hobbies: Yoga, hiking, art, hammocking, and spending time outside with my friends and family.
Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Tasmania, Australia for five months!