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The 6th Georgia Farm to School Summit offers a variety of workshops, field trips, and education sessions in addition to an opening keynote from Betti Wiggins and closing address by Donna Martin. Click here to view registration rates.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5: IN-DEPTH WORKSHOPS AND FIELD TRIPS

All workshops and field trips are from 2:00-5:00pm on Thursdays with the exception of the Navigating Farm to School: Roadbumps & Victories for the Farmer & School Nutrition which is from 1:00-5:00pm. Attendees may only select one workshop or field trip when registering.

Workshop 1: School Gardening
David Berle, University of Georgia
UGA gardening expert David Berle will lead both new and experienced school gardeners in everything from starting your first school garden through more advanced techniques. Learn the nuts and bolts of everything from placing your garden to what you need to sustain your garden over the long haul including soil fertility, crop rotation, and more!

Workshop 2: Cooking with Kids! Culturally Relevant Cooking in your Classroom
Jenna Mobley, Community Farmers Markets and Georgia Organics
Katie Hiebert, International Rescue Committee
Sagdrina Jalal, Georgia Farmers Market Association
This interactive workshop will help you build the skills and confidence to start or expand on cooking with kids in your classroom. Attendees will learn the basics of teaching knife skills and tool safety for all ages and group sizes and preparing raw and cooked items with your classroom. This workshop will also focus on how to value different cultural heritages, blend local food cultures, and make connections between the home and school.

Workshop 3:

Farm to Early Care: Delicious Strategies for the New CACFP Nutrition Standards*
Grushan Robinson, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Chef Asata Reid, Life Chef
Do the new CACFP meal patterns keep you up at night? Are you wondering how you are going to get your kids to try and love healthier foods?  This presentation will focus on providing early care educators and administrators with knowledge and resources on how to meet the guidelines for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack while increasing children’s preference and consumption of healthy foods. Chef Asata Reid will provide hands-on demonstrations for each meal and empower you to implement easy recipes and techniques in your center.

*This session has been approved for 3 hours of continuing education by Georgia Training Approval for Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning).

Field Trip 1: Navigating Farm to School: Roadbumps & Victories for the Farmer & School Nutrition (1 p.m.-5 p.m.)
Kara LeClair, MS,RD, Burke County Schools
Loretta Adderson, Adderson’s Fresh Produce
Lisa Dojan, Fisheads Aquaponic Letttuce
Visit Burke County Schools, 2016 Golden Radish Award Outstanding Farm to School District of the Year, and two farms that regularly serve the school nutrition department. Farm to School Coordinator, Kara LeClair and Burke County farm partners will share their farm to school perspective and how they worked together to overcome barriers and increase local procurement in the district. Please note this field trip is from 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Field Trip 2: Unconventional Teaching Gardens
Kim Hines, Helms College
Tasha Alison, Icebox Urban Farm
This two stop field trip begins at the Vineyard Giving Farm where Helms College students learn Culinary Horticulture. The second stop, Icebox Urban Farm hosts the Westabou Montessori School, public and private elementary school visits, and extensive adult education in cooking and food preservation. Here attendees will dig deeper into STEM based education.

Field Trip 3: Growing Food and Growing Minds at Episcopal Day School
Joe Kirstein, Board Chair of Science and Sustainability, Episcopal Day School
Kimberly Kirstein, Math Department Coordinator, Episcopal Day School
Visit Episcopal Day Schools’ Village Gardens where students grow vegetables right outside their classroom door and take the mobile classroom out to the 28-acre Flowing Wells Campus where 55 raised bed gardens serve as a learning lab for all subjects. Joe and Kimberly Kirstein will walk attendees through the creation of the program, how to incorporate the gardens into curriculum, and provide attendees with a variety of sample activities that can be used across grades and subjects.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6: EDUCATION SESSIONS

Track 1: Cafeteria Connections

9:30am-10:45am: Building Partnerships
Scott Richardson, School Nutrition Director and CTAE Director, Warren County Public Schools
Explore how school nutrition can build partnerships with groups such as Future Farmers of America, Career Technical and Agricultural Education, math and science departments, and business partnerships within the community to help leverage assets needed to grow your farm to school program.

11:00am -12:15pm: Georgia Grown Kids
Linette Dodson, PhD, RD, School Nutrition Director, Carrollton City Schools
Carrollton City Schools utilizes a multifaceted farm to school approach to increase meal participation. Learn how this partnership between teachers and school nutrition helps kids connect with the food they’re eating in the cafeteria through hands on cooking, gardening, classroom lessons, and taste tests.

1:45pm -3:00pm: Local Procurement Panel
Hear from distributors, farmers, and school nutrition procurement specialists on how they navigate local procurement in school nutrition programs.

Track 2: Curriculum Connections

9:30am-10:45am: Farm to School STEAM
Charlie Harper, Ed.S, K-5 Instructional Coach, Fayette County Public Schools
Jeff Eller, K-5 Media Specialist and STEAM Teacher, Fayette County Public Schools
Learn how to utilize STEAM in your garden program to transform teaching and learning as Fayette County educators share insights, instructional resources and materials, and practical guidance.

11:00am-12:15pm: Incorporating Farm to School in Middle School
Clarke County Middle School
Learn how Clarke County Middle School is integrating farm to school into their curriculum, and after school and summer programs.

1:45pm -3:00pm: Farm to High School
Brooke Lewis-Slamkova, M. Ed, Learning Style Specialist, Barrow County School System
High school can be an ideal setting to incorporate farm to school through project based learning. See example classroom and capstone projects for core subjects and career technical and agriculture education.

Track 3: Gardens

9:30am-10:45am: Garden to Cafeteria: District Grown Initiatives
Angela Douge, Atlanta Public Schools
Yvonne Douglas, Atlanta Public Schools
Kiki Frazier, Henry County Schools
Learn how to connect produce grown in school gardens to foods served in school cafeterias through tastings, cooking demonstrations, and featuring local food on the cafeteria line. This session will also cover food safety standards and how to utilize partnerships.

11:00am-12:15pm: School Gardens and Food Safety*
Ellen Steinberg, PhD, RD, Food Safety Specialist, Georgia Department of Education
Are you following the best food safety practices in your school garden? Dr. Steinberg will cover best practices and current rules and regulations covering school garden produce.

*This session has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education by Georgia Training Approval for Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning).

1:45pm -3:00pm: Digging Deep into Garden Based Projects
Stephen Lush, K-5 Scienhancement Teacher, Jackson County Schools
Ready to take science to the next level in the garden? Learn how create a comprehensive science based garden education program that gets students planting, eating, and rocking out to plants while engaging in experiential, inquiry based lessons.

Track 4: Farm to Early Care and Education

9:30am-10:45am: Growing Breakfast to Lunch in a Food Desert*
Margaret Strickland, Westabou Montessori School
Young children can be involved in every step of growing, tending, and preparing the food they eat. Learn about Westabou Montessori’s wildly successful efforts at helping young children develop a taste and appreciation for new vegetables.

*This session has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education by Georgia Training Approval for Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning).

11:00am-12:15pm: Promoting Healthy Eaters: HOW You Feed Kids Matters!*
Monica Griffin, RD, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Food isn’t nutritious until it’s eaten. Discover how to appropriately encourage new foods and healthy eating habits through responsive feeding techniques to take the stress out of taste tests and mealtime!

*This session has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education by Georgia Training Approval for Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning).

1:45pm -3:00pm: From Concepts to Reality: Bringing your Garden to FRUITion*
Wande Okunorean-Meadows, Early Childhood Program Administrator, Little Ones Learning Center
Kenna Ho, Health Educator, HealthmPowers
Don’t know how to get started, how to rally support or what to do next? Learn how to leverage resources, relationships, and policies and avoid pitfalls to create or enhance your program model.

*This session has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education by Georgia Training Approval for Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning).

Track 5: Sustaining Your Program

9:30am-10:45am: How to Win Hearts and Influence School Cafeterias
Amanda Fleming, MS, RD, School Nutrition Coordinator, Cherokee County School District
Hear from school nutrition director and manager, farmer, and an educator on how to speak each other’s language to accomplish shared goals and objectives within the school community. You’ll leave this session with an enhanced ability to communicate ideas, goals, and requests for support for farm to school activities.

11:00am-12:15pm: Developing + Sustaining a Successful School Garden
Debbie Kibbe, Georgia Health Policy Center
Debra Morrell, Esther F. Garrison School of Arts, Chatham County
Stephanie Babcock-Wright, Coastal Empire Montessori School, Chatham County
Marty Colvin, Green Freedom Farm, Chatham County
Mitch Springer, Villa Rica Elementary, Carroll County
Three elementary school Georgia SHAPE grantees will discuss the successes and challenges of their school garden journeys. Learn best practices for building school-farmer partnerships, creating teacher engagement and curricular connections, getting seeds in the hands of every child, and generating ideas for financial sustainability.

1:45pm -3:00pm: Finding Funding: Local Successes and National Models*
Kyla Van Deuson, Captain Planet Foundation
Has a brilliant idea for your farm to school program been haunting you due to a lack of funding? Look no further.

*This session has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education by Georgia Training Approval for Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning).

Track 6: Cooking with Kids!

9:30am-10:45am: Cooking in the Early Care Setting*
Wande Okunorean-Meadows, Early Childhood Program Administrator, Little Ones Learning Center
Shante Lotus Chaney, Little Ones Learning Center
Looking for some simple ways to incorporate cooking into your early care center? Learn some techniques for cooking with young kids and sharing foods and recipes with parents.

*This session has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education by Georgia Training Approval for Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning).

11:00am-12:15pm: Legumes! October Farm to School Month
Kimberly Della Donna, Georgia Organics
Celebrate October Farm to School Month with Legumes! Leave this session with the knowledge of how to conduct legume themed cooking activities and materials to implement a lesson.

1:45pm -3:00pm: Classroom Cooking for Educators
Jenna Mobley, Community Farmers Markets and Georgia Organics
A little overwhelmed at the possibility of introducing cooking into your classroom? K-5 educator Jenna Mobley will discuss classroom management techniques while leading participants in a variety of cooking activities.

Track 7: More Hands on Cooking!

9:30am-10:45am: Cooking with Parents and Families
Sara Thorpe, Program Manager, Open Hand Atlanta
Learn how to integrate nationally recognized Cooking Matters curriculum into your farm to school initiatives. Experience hands-on nutrition education activities for you to take back to your classroom like “Your Veggies, Your Way”,” Veggie Super Hero’s”, and Delicious Dips.

11:00am-12:15pm: Knife Skills*
Chef Emmanuel Stone, Community Chef & Culinary Arts Coordinator, Clarke County School District
Sharpen your knife skills in this hands-on class that helps you perfect your slice, dice, and julienne. Chef Stone will lead you in enhancing your knife skills with some pointers on how to translate your new skills to your students.

*This session has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education by Georgia Training Approval for Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning).

1:45pm -3:00pm: Cooking for Kids with Kids*
Chef Asata Reid, Life Chef
Cooking with kids expert Chef Asata leads participants in a hands on cooking demos for preparing food with early care through elementary age children.

*This session has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education by Georgia Training Approval for Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning).

 

If you have questions or need further information about the 2017 Georgia Farm to School Summit, please contact Georgia Organics Farm to School Coordinator Abbie King at abbie@georgiaorganics.org or 404-481-5015.