Check Out Our 2019 Summit Program Schedule

Friday, June 7

12:00 pm: Registration Opens
2:00 – 5:00 pm: Workshops and Field Trips
5:00 – 7:30 pm: Expo Networking Reception

 Saturday, June 8 

 7:00 – 8:00 am: Registration, Breakfast, and Expo Open
8:00 – 9:15 am: Welcome Address/Keynote
9:30 – 10:45 am: Education Session 1
10:45 – 11:00 am: Coffee Break
11:00- 12:15 pm: Education Session 2
12:00 – 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:45 – 3:00 pm: Education Session 3
3:00 – 3:15 pm: Coffee Break
3:15 – 4:30 pm: Education Session 4

 The 7th Georgia Farm to School Summit offered a variety of workshops, field trips, and education sessions in addition to keynotes by Linette Dodson, State Director at the Georgia Department of Education and Wande Okuneron-Meadows of Little Ones Learning Center.

Education Sessions


Workshop 1: Food Safety and Pest Management in the School Garden
Ellen Steinberg,PhD Georgia Department of Education; Becky Griffin,MPPPM, UGA Extension
A thriving school garden is a safe school garden! Learn how to practice safe practices from planting to eating.

Workshop 2: Building an Inclusive and Equitable Farm to School Program
Sumer Ladd and Robyn Pratt, Georgia FoodCorps
FoodCorps Georgia will lead participants in creating an inclusive and equitable farm to school program. Attendees will explore culturally responsive curriculum and recipe development, teaching nutrition and tasting in a body positive and culturally responsive way, school and community asset mapping, and creating achievable farm to school goals that are built on a foundation of inclusion and equity.

Workshop 3: Local Procurement for CACFP and Summer Feeding Programs
Chef Asata Reid, LifeChef; LaMonika Jones, DECAL
Learn how to purchase local food for CACFP and summer feeding programs while enjoying CACFP compliant recipes prepared by Chef Asata Reid.

Workshop 4: Using Farm to ECE in your Quality Rated Program
Jennifer Delorme and Diane Swift, DECAL;  Gina Cook, Quality Care for Children; Wande Okunoren Meadows, Little Ones Learning Center
Explore how to use farm to early care and education activities to meet the ECERS and Quality Rated standards using the Georgia’s new Farm to ECE Crosswalk tool. Learn some simple activities to implement at your site.

Workshop 5: Culinary Rooted in Georgia
Chef Kimberly Della Donna, Georgia Organics; Ann Hamner, Georgia Department of Education; Chef Matthew Raiford, The Farmer and the Larder
Refine your knife and culinary skills! Chefs Kimberly and Matthew will guide school nutrition staff in using more local produce in the school cafeteria from preparation to marketing. 

Field Trip: Dickey Farms and Ag in the Classroom
Kelly Thompson and Lauren Goble, Georgia Farm Bureau
Georgia Farm Bureau will lead attendees through a hands-on Ag in the classroom activity and provide resources to take home. Attendees will also tour the packing shed and peach orchards to learn more about Georgia’s peach industry. A trip to Dickey’s wouldn’t be complete without enjoying some of the farm’s famous ice cream! ***Bus transportation will be provided to and from Helms College

Field Trip: Connecting Organic Agriculture to Ag Education and School Nutrition
Julia Asherman, Rag & Frass Farm; Kimberly Koogler, Georgia Organics; Scott Richardson, Warren County Public Schools
Tour two farms while 2018 Organic Radish Award Winner Scott Richardson of Warren County Public Schools discusses how school nutrition and agriculture education programs can connect to organic agriculture and incorporate organic farming into school curriculum. We’ll start at Rag & Frass Farm, a certified organic farm with diverse vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Then transition to MaconRoots, a small urban farm in Macon. ***Bus transportation will be provided to and from Helms College


Track 1: Farm to ECE

Lessons Learned in Farm to ECE
Gina Cook, Quality Care for Children; Kim Jackson, Tee Tee’s Learning Center; Sabrina Peoples, Kids R Kids
Providers share their FTECE journey- hear about their successes and how to avoid common pitfalls on starting or expanding your FTECE program.

CACFP, GELDS, QRIS: FTECE and your Program
Samantha Benjamin-Kirk, USDA; Denise Jenson and Christi Moore, DECAL,
Hear simple strategies from DECAL on how farm to ECE fits into your current CACFP, GELDS, and QRIS programs.
****Please note this session does not include CPEUs for dietitians or dietetic technicians

HOW You Feed Kids Matters
Monica Griffin, RD, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
How you feed kids matters as much as what you feed them.  This session will review best practices in responsive feeding, identify critical feeding milestones to monitor, and help early care providers integrate feeding best practices with other domains of child development. Participants will learn practical tips for classroom implementation, and receive free resources to promote healthy feeding practices during family engagement efforts..

Eat. Move. Talk!
Christi Kay, HealthMPowers
Eat.Move.Talk is an integrated healthy eating, physical activity, and language nutrition training. Learn how to encourage your staff to practice exposing children from birth to words, healthy food, and appropriate exercise that helps their bodies grow and develop.

Track 2: Family Engagement and Community Resources

Engaging Families**
Wande Okunoren Meadows and Stacie McQuaggie, Little Ones Learning Center; Kenna Ho, HealthMPowers
Learn how to effectively engage families in your community in farm to school and farm to ECE. Little Ones Learning Centers and HealthMPowers share some of their successes in family engagement.
**Please note this session does not include CPEUs for dietitians or dietetic technicians

De la Granja a la Escuela**
Carlos Cuba and Roxana Valdivia, Roxana’s House; Gina Cook, Quality Care for Children; Janeth Laruy, Mis Pequenos Angeles; Gloria Sierra, Little Lambs; Maria Ortega, My Little Geniuses
Hear from Latino early care providers on how to provide nutrition education and engage parents in Spanish-speaking communities.
****Please note this session does not include CPEUs for dietitians or dietetic technicians

Advocating for Nutrition in your Community
Chloe Marshall, National Farm to School Network
Join the National Farm to School Network for a breakdown of state and federal farm to ECE and farm to school policies, the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization, and how communities can engage in impactful advocacy at home.

Building Support through Storytelling
Jeff Romig, Georgia Organics; Kara LeClair, Burke County School System
Are you effectively communicating your Farm to School and/or Farm to ECE program to your community? Hear from a Georgia Organics storytelling strategist and a school district on how best to capture and share your story and work.

Track 3: Procurement

Feed My School Fridays
Misty Friedman, Georgia Department of Agriculture
Tap into the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture’s activities and menu items for early care through 12th grade.

Purchasing from Your Favorite Farmer
Kimberly Della Donna, Georgia Organics; Fredando Jackson, Flint River Fresh; Abby Tennanbaum, Common Market Georgia
Attendees will learn strategies for sourcing the freshest local food from experts in the field. Farmers and produce distributors specializing in local food will participate in an interactive panel discussion.

Farmers Markets, Schools, and Centers
Eleni Rigsby, Common Market Georgia; Kara LeClair Burke County School System
Want to host a farmers market at your school or center? Learn how here!

Sustainability in School Food and Agriculture Education
Scott Richardson, Warren County School System
2018 Organic Golden Radish Awardee Scott Richardson of Warren County School System shares how to use organic methods in farm to school programs and teach sustainability in agriculture education.

Track 4: School Gardens

Growing Gardens Inside the Classroom and Outside in the Schoolyard
Stephen Lush, Jackson County School System; Nuri Icorgen, Urban Sprout Farms
Garden with (or without!) a garden! An educator and a farmer share ideas for gardening indoors and outside throughout the school year.

Garden Activities for all Ages
Tasha Gomes, Captain Planet Foundation
Sample activities to engage children of all ages in exploring and learning in outdoor spaces.

Connecting School Gardens with School Nutrition
Linette Dodson,PhD, State Director at the Georgia Department of Education; Kelli Cook, Carrollton City Schools
Leaders of the 2018 Outstanding Farm to School Golden Radish district shares how Carrollton City Schools grow farm to school from seed to plate!

Decomposers Break it Down! Reducing Food Waste at your School
Andie Bisceglia, University of Georgia; Alicia Holloway, UGA Extension
Learn tried and true ways to engage students and adults in reducing food waste.

Track 5: Cooking with Kids

Using Cooking Tools with Children!
Jenna Mobley, Atlanta Public Schools
Lead hands-on cooking activities with your students with confidence! An educator turned self-taught classroom chef shares strategies for engaging a class in hands-on cooking using favorite kitchen tools (including knives!) .

Taste Test Success
Erin Croom, Smallbites Adventure Club; Ashley Rouse, HealthMPowers
Ten easy steps for taste testing in your school or early care site.

Tackling Snack Time with Kids
Chef Asata Reid, Georgia Organics; LaMonika Jones, DECAL
Learn how to engage kids in preparing CACFP and smart snack approved snacks!

Cooking with Kids with Special Diets
Brooke Lewis Slamkova, Barrow County School System; Laura Tanase, Georgia Department of Education
Accommodate kids with special diets and still cook in the classroom! Learn about the common allergens and how to make substitutions in your classroom.

Track 6: Curriculum K-12

Building a Culturally Responsive Farm to School Program
Sumer Ladd, FoodCorps Georgia
FoodCorps Georgia will lead participants in creating a culturally responsive farm to school program. Attendees will explore culturally responsive curriculum and recipe development and teaching nutrition and tasting in a body positive and culturally responsive way.

Farm 2 STEAM: Transforming School Gardens into STEAM Labs**
Karan Wood, Captain Planet Foundation
Explore STEAM lessons to take your school garden to the next level!
**Please note this session is not approved for CPEUs for dietitians or dietetic technicians

Literacy Lessons for Growing and Eating
Jenna Mobley, Atlanta Public Schools
Discover engaging ways to teach reading and writing through gardening and food activities. Favorite children’s books (fiction and non-fiction) on the topics of growing or eating food for children of all ages will be explored.

Curriculum Showcase
Nichole Lupo, Wylde Center
Explore a variety of high quality farm to school resources and curriculums! Try out a few lessons during this hands on session.