Region 5 is still rollin’ on

Rising Star Update!

The last few weeks have been crazy but filled with many many fun days. Here are some highlights since our last time chatting…

Visiting Omaha with Region 1:

We explored the Hope Gardens, and saw the amazing work that the Master Gardeners and others put into the garden. The extensive plots and pollinator garden included every plant and flower that you could imagine.

With the Region 1 interns!

Hope Garden signage with an abundance of beautiful growth

Cooper Farm Greenhouse tour

News talk with the KMEG Station:

We had the honor of tagging along with Woodbury’s Horticulture expert, Katelyn Brinkerhoff, and speak about Siouxlands Bike N’ Bite this past week. This great event, taking place on July 14th, is a great way to explore the hidden flavors of Siouxland while biking. Check out the interview below!

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Camps (x 3) :

The past 2 weeks have been filled with tons of camps including: Mad Science Camp (level 1 and 2), Clover Kids Camp, and Kids in the Kitchen! We had the honor of helping out with all of these great camps, and also lead food demos for the kids.

experimenting with different bubble solutions and tools to make the biggest bubble!

elephant toothpaste experiment

It’s been quite the time so far this summer. Talk soon and thanks for checking in!




The Region 5 Stars have finally arrived! We are ready to go and have some very exciting things planned for the summer. Here’s just a few things about us for now:

 Ebere Agwuncha

“I’m ready to extend my hands using my evolving and developed set of skills throughout the community this is summer and onward!”

WHERE I’M FROM: Chicago, Ilinois

MAJOR(S): Industrial Design with a concentration in User Experience

WHAT I DO FOR FUN: Watercolor, Volleyball, take pictures of flowers, thrift, eat chocolate

SPECIAL INVOLVEMENTS WITHIN MY COMMUNITY: Volunteering at the Food Pantry, Kiwanis Club, Social Networking Chair for Industrial Design Sketch Club, IDSA, and BUILD

Joi Latson

“I’m excited to combine my passion for health, languages, and food to provide a space for people to learn how to grow and prepare whole foods and prioritize their health.”

WHERE I’M FROM: St. Louis, Missouri

MAJOR(S): Global Resource Systems & Spanish with a minor in Nutritional Science

WHAT I DO FOR FUN: baking, watching Food Network, hiking

SPECIAL INVOLVEMENTS WITHIN MY COMMUNITY: Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Incorporated, Student Government, Women in Science and Engineering, Honors Ambassador, Global Ambassador for Department of World Languages and Cultures

Rebecca Wallace

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to hone my teaching skills, gain more experience with diverse learners, and use my knowledge to assist community members.”

WHERE I’M FROM: Bussey, Iowa

MAJOR(S): Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies, Licensure Option with a minor in Culinary Food Science

WHAT I DO FOR FUN: Watch the Food Network and Netflix, bake, sew, craft, kayak, and read

SPECIAL INVOLVEMENTS WITHIN MY COMMUNITY: Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society, Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, College of Human Sciences Representative, Family and Consumer Sciences Club



Region 1- Week 1

        In college, educators stress the importance of that telltale college experience where you not only learn, but work in the industry to apply that newfound knowledge. Internships become something of finding that connection with those seasoned professionals and hopefully finding your place among them in the coming years.

        Allie Faivre, Jessica Gale and I have been on a mission to soak up the summer and learn as much as humanly possible about this tiny town of Sheldon, Iowa and the counties that surround it. Between the three of us, we raised the population of Sheldon by three, got lost a time or two, are proud owners of Sheldon library cards, and have met one of the most knowledgeable and genuine patrons of this sweet little town.

     Before this internship with Iowa State Extension and Outreach, I was looking for professional contacts, who will one day be able to vouch for my work. I didn’t realize was the type of people I should really be looking for – people at the center of the community who can truly tell you what it means to live and work in a place that you are unfamiliar with.

     Allie, Jessica, and I effortlessly found that despite different backgrounds, we can carry on a good conversation and adventure or two. On Thursday and Friday, we attended training with our regional director, Cheryl Heronemus, and other staff who helped us become familiar with the role we will play this summer and get organized for the upcoming months. We then headed to Orange City for the Tulip festival, while there we encountered some modern Dutch culture, some trendy little stores and enjoyed an apparent crowd favorite, the almond patty.

          On Sunday, we ventured out on the town and got ourselves a little reading material by wandering over to the Sheldon Prairie Historical Museum. There we met a wonderful man, Duane Wahlstrum (pictured to right), who graduated from Iowa State University in 1956 with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Agriculture Education. He worked as an agriculture teacher for 31 years and since Allie and I are attending Iowa State to do that very career, we enjoyed learning about his ideas on teaching that subject. For the afternoon, Duane was our insightful tour guide, comedian and ultimately our Dairy Dandy advisor. We’d like to thank him for his dedication to the town of Sheldon and for being a friendly face in a place that is so new to us. being a friendly face in a place that is so new to us.

        When it all is said and done, this summer appears to be looking like a fun filled and exciting time for the three of us. We can’t wait to get to know everyone and keep you all updated in the process!

Until next time,
Kassidy Kuhlmann

Meet your Region 20 Rising Stars!

(Left to Right): Kelsey, Allison, Kelley

The Region 20 Rising Star Interns arrived in Southeast Iowa on May 14 and are already planning for the summer. They have received warm welcomes as they have traveled to the Lee, Louisa, Henry, and Des Moines County. Allison, Kelsey, and Kelley are excited to get started on introducing school-aged children to local produce. Get to know more about your Region 20 Rising Star Interns and stay tuned to find out more along the way!

Allison Hadley

Sophomore in Elementary Education

From Afton, Iowa

Allison Hadley heard about the Rising Star internship through her advisor at Iowa State University. She has always enjoyed teaching and working with others and promoting food and nutrition. She feels like Region 20 is a perfect fit for her. Allison is most excited to work with the children at the various schools through the Sharing from the Garden program and explore the many farmers markets in this region. When not working, Allison enjoys exercising, being outdoors and cooking or baking. She’s excited to take all her experience and knowledge gained this summer and apply it in her future career!

Kelsey Pretz

Senior in Agriculture and Life Sciences Education: Communications Option

From Columbus Junction, Iowa

Kelsey has always had a passion for agriculture and working with youth. She is looking forward to serving her own and surrounding local communities in hopes to educate the youth and consumers about the food system and promote local agriculture. After graduation, Kelsey is considering a career with ISU Extension and Outreach to continue to make a positive impact in communities. In her spare time, she enjoys spending weekends at pig shows with her family, boating on the river and of course fair time!

Kelley Harris

Senior in Family and Consumer Sciences

From Graettinger, Iowa

Kelley has always had a passion for food and nutrition and getting involved within the community. When she heard about the Rising Star Internship from a friend who was involved the previous year, she thought it sounded perfect for her. Kelley is most looking forward to getting to know the communities of Southeast Iowa and promoting a healthier lifestyle in today’s youth. In her free time, Kelley can be found out on the golf course, in the kitchen baking a pie, or reading Harry Potter.

Welcome Region 1 Rising Star Interns!

Jessica, Allie and Kassidy (Region 1)

The Region 1 Rising Star Interns arrived in Northwest Iowa on May 16, and are already planning for summer.

We’ll write more later, but in the meantime, here is a little bit about us.

Jessica Gale
Junior in Dietetics at ISU
From Stillman Valley, Illinois
Jessica heard about the Rising Star Internship from previous interns, and that insight aligned with what she desired for an internship experience. With Gale’s dietetics major, she was looking for an outlet where she could utilize what she has been learning about with nutrition in her classes. With the Rising Star’s emphasis on bringing healthy eating to the forefront she found it would be a good fit. During this summer, she is looking forward to working with children and teaching them about food and how healthy choice influence your overall well being In her spare time, she likes to be a part of the Student Dietetic Association, reading about nutrition, watching the Chicago Blackhawks, and spending time with friends and family.  

Allison (Allie) Faivre
Senior in Agricultural and Life Sciences Education, Teacher Certification at ISU
From Washington, Illinois
Faivre is considering a career with ISU Extension and Outreach after graduating college.  She looks forward to serving communities as a Rising Star intern, specifically through the Beginning Gardeners Program, Bike-n-Bite, and donation gardens. Faivre enjoys spending time outside, working with plants, playing volleyball, hiking and biking in her free time. She loves learning about and working with hydroponics. On campus, Allison has a part-time job as a Student Business Office Assistant for ISU Recreation Services.  She is actively involved in Agricultural Education Club and Students Today Leaders Forever.  

Kassidy Kuhlmann
Senior in Agricultural and Life Sciences Education, Teacher Certification with a Minor in Agronomy at ISU
From Readlyn, Iowa
Kassidy has always had a passion for agriculture and the influence it holds in the lives of Iowans. Kuhlmann hopes to one day work with various age groups about different aspect of agriculture and hopes to bridge the gap between farmers and consumers. Kassidy looks forward to the summers activities such as PoP (Power of Produce) Club, Beginner Gardeners Camp, and  additional opportunities to teach others about extension. In Kuhlmann’s spare time she enjoys working as an Ambassador and student worker to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, being outside, attending country concerts, and spending time with her family on their acreage in northeast Iowa.