Author Archives: Terri Henkels

About Terri Henkels

Over 15 years of service in public health including Director of the Polk County Health Department until retirement. A Volunteer facilitating the Healthy Altoona Partnership.

Tips on How to Use Unique Produce from Bountiful Basket Items & Bonus Recipes

Almost every Bountiful Baskets distribution day we find a unique item in our basket and for most of us we think huh …. what do I do with this?? This new series will give you tips on storage, peeling, freezing, general ideas and bonus recipes. Continue reading

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A Fun Opportunity to Help Our Kids – Project 52 Charity Softball Tournament

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Feast on Your Garden Produce All Year Round – Learn the Safest Methods of Freezing, Dehydrating & Canning

Would you like to feast on your garden produce all year round? Learn about the safest methods of •Freezing •Dehydrating •Water-bath canning •Pressure canning •Pickling •Making Jams and Salsas with your garden harvest or CSA deliveries! Sign up for your … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar – The Community Garden is Holding a Farmers Market Fundraising Event

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Information Bountiful Baskets Food Coop – Altoona Site

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Good News!!!! The Altoona Bountiful Baskets Food Coop Distribution Site Starts August 2nd

The Altoona Bountiful Baskets Food Coop site goes LIVE AUGUST 2nd at Cross Creek Conference Center (Lutheran Church of the Cross) 1701 8th St SW, Altoona, IA 50009. You will need to set up an account at Baskets can be … Continue reading

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Cooking with Fresh Herbs – Matching Herbs to Food

Do you have herbs growing in the garden and thinking “now what”? Cooking with fresh herbs creates dishes that taste garden fresh. After removing the stems chop or mince the leaves with a knife or scissors just before using. Fresh herbs … Continue reading

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Community Garden Events

     POLK COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE GARDEN EVENT TOPICS  Monday, May 12th – Seasons from the Garden – Herbs are easy to grow and preserve. Using herbs in cooking can reduce sodium consumption and the risk of hypertension.  Sample fresh … Continue reading

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Change 3 Challenge – A Healthy Altoona Initiative

 Yesterday at the Altoona Arbor Day & Health and Wellness Celebration the Healthy Altoona Partnership rolled out a new initiative called the Change 3 Challenge. The ultimate goal  is just to be more mindful in all areas of your life.

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Building a Community Garden

Last Wednesday was an especially gratifying day as four city staff, sixteen FFA students and four garden committee members prepared our community garden.  It seemed overwhelming when we started at 8:00 AM today but by 2:00 pm

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