We are thrilled to add a farmer to our Farm to School team! Meet Kimberly Koogler, our new Farm to School Assistant. Kimberly will be assisting with workshops, October Farm to School Month, and the Golden Radish Awards.
We are so excited for her to join us, and, of course, we had to ask her the tough questions we pose to all new employees:
What was your previous job?
My previous job was full-time vegetable farmer at Cosmos Organic Farm. I am still at Cosmos, but will just be going to markets and managing our CSA program, now that I am working at Georgia Organics, too!
Who/what inspired you to do the work you are doing for Georgia Organics?
So many things…Having worked a lot of farmer’s markets selling vegetables, I have learned that one of the obstacles facing local farmers who are trying to sell their organically grown produce directly to consumers is widespread ignorance about the big, industrial food system, what it takes to grow vegetables organically, and what some of the vegetables are and what to do with them.
Exposing kids to vegetables and teaching them about where food comes from now will hopefully make a huge difference in our broken food system in the future, when they are influencing their parents’ food purchases and when they are eventually buying their own food. I hope that the Farm to School programming will help to overcome the hurdle of general disconnect from good, healthy food.
What do you want to accomplish for Georgia’s farmers?
I hope to help educate people about food so that they will be more inclined to support their local food producers. It seems that the more people know about how food is produced and distributed, the more they want to support their local, organic farmers. We need that!
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