Meet Region 11 Rising Stars!

Week 1

Week one is complete, but we are just getting started! Tatum and Maelyn, Rising Star Interns from Region 11 in Linn and Benton Counties, began May 17th. Within our first week, we have been busy planning many fun projects related to Covid-19 recovery and nutrition. In Benton County, we are working with summer lunch programs and daycares, providing hands on activities for children to learn more about healthy choices, and promoting three community gardens. In Linn County, we are planning events including Power of Produce at local farmer’s markets, teaching kids about nutrition, and helping solve food insecurity. Take a look at the “Watch Me Grow- Growing Experience” Take and Make kits we made for local youth to grow their own plant. We are looking forward to an exciting summer ahead!


Tatum Kahler

  • Hometown: Elgin, IA
  • Major: Agricultural & Life Sciences Education
  • Hobbies: Riding Rangers, Spending time with nieces and nephews, Kayaking
  • Fun Fact: I have been to 48 states!

Maelyn Thome

  • Hometown: Waterloo, IA
  • Major: Food Science
  • Hobbies: Singing, Kayaking, and Eating ice cream
  • Fun Fact: I do archery in my free time

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(L-R) Maelyn Thome, Tatum Kahler