Exciting 1st Week | Region 4

Week 1 Summary

The first week in Region 4 was filled with new beginnings. Our team (Will, Kaylee, and Belinda) met each other in person for the first time! We were excited to spend 2 days of the first week traveling with our Regional Director, Donovon Olson, to various county offices and locations to learn about our summer projects. During these visits we met County Directors and Staff that explained more culture and community influences that will be important considerations throughout our internship. Additionally, we enjoyed listening to a presentation from Healthy Harvest about local food systems – and we reaped the benefits of the smoothie bike (round of applause for Will!). Dr. Ajay Nair gave a gardening presentation at the Worth county fair grounds where we were able to learn alongside elementary students. Finally, we were acquainted with many logistics of working with Iowa State Extension and Outreach through various trainings and many questions being asked!

Summer Project Introductions and Progress

Lincoln Intermediate Greenhouse

Mason city, IA

We will be working with Lincoln Intermediate staff and community to integrate the use of their recently built greenhouse into their classroom curriculum, particularly math and science. Throughout the summer we will: initiate the use of the hydroponics system, develop lesson plans, and create a sustainable growth & maintenance plan for the greenhouse.

Farmers’ Market Marketing & Expansion

Hampton, IA

The Hampton Farmers’ Market currently has a Facebook page that has very little interaction from the community. This summer we will be building a branded identity as well as a plan to easily maintain their current social media page and their new Instagram. We will also be creating a volunteer or internship position (still undetermined) to keep the pages running in the future.

Community Gardens & Space Renovation

Hampton, Ia

The town of Hampton IA is interested in developing an empty plot of land located just West of 1st Street NW. This plot of land will be turned into usable green space. Over the course of this summer, we are working to develop a design that not only is economically feasible, but also a design that will be accepted and well utilized by the community of Hampton at large.

Activities and Accomplishments

Our team will be working together on each project to accomplish the objectives and goals. Together we have developed weekly tasks, schedules, and internal deadlines to meet the desired outcomes.
  • Established goals and objectives to guide the implementation project process throughout the summer.
  • Researched ways to integrate the greenhouse into 5th and 6th grade math and science curriculum through hands on lab activities.
  • Developed a comprehensive survey to distribute to teachers and administrative tasks at Lincoln Intermediate.
  • Met influential people in the planning process and listened to their visions and desires for the space.
  • Researched the current activity and impressions on their Facebook page.
  • Discussed ideas for a logo and an internship position using the goals of the organization.
  • Researched what other farmers’ market pages are doing to find success.
  • Took photographs at the Hampton Farmers’ Market to get started and inform logo designs.
  • Created a series of logo options and other graphics with color variations to be looked over by the council.
  • Created templates to start the pages’ branded identity and make posting easier in the future.
  • This week, concepts and potential layouts were explored, and will be presented to residents of Hampton Iowa in the following week (5/24).
  • Ideas regarding how to draw people into this space were also discussed, for example should the design cater toward individual use or larger gathering purposes.
  •  In order to properly collect data to narrow the design down to a final, a survey will be conducted with predominant members of the Hampton IA community. (5/24)
  • Through the data collected from this anonymous survey, a final design will be determined with the goal of efficiently providing additional park space to the business district located within this community. 
Belinda and Will observing the outside view of the 30' x 55' greenhouse at Lincoln Intermediate
Belinda and Will observing the outside view of the 30′ x 55′ greenhouse at Lincoln Intermediate
An Image of some peppers from the Hampton Farmers' Market that will soon be posted to their Facebook page.
An Image of some peppers from the Hampton Farmers’ Market that will soon be posted to their Facebook page.
Visualization of potential purposes/designs that can be applied to the empty lot in order to transform the site into useable green space.
Visualization of potential purposes/designs that can be applied to the empty lot in order to transform the site into useable green space.

Meet the Region 4 Interns

Portrait of Belinda Heckman, Rising Star Intern for ISU Extension and Outreach.
Belinda Heckman

I’m a senior studying Global Resource Systems and Dietetics from West Liberty, Iowa. I’m excited to learn more about extension this summer because I am interested in using community nutrition and local foods to address food insecurity issues in my future career.

portrait of Kaylee Cornwell, Rising Star Intern for ISU Extension and Outreach.
Kaylee Cornwell

I just finished my sophomore year in Graphic Design. This year I’ve learned so much about designing and communicating and I’m excited and ready to apply those skills in the real world through the Rising Star Internship!

Portrait of Will Howell, Rising Star Intern for ISU Extension and Outreach.
Will Howell

I am a fourth year Architecture student, from Lake Forest IL. I am excited to apply the skills I have acquired over my academic career to creating solutions reflected within the community. I will take every chance to gain real world experience with regards to community outreach, in order to apply those skills toward my professional career.