When educators and community members reach out to us about direct assistance with gardening or nutrition at their sites, we often connect them with our Golden Radish Award partners, UGA Cooperative Extension. Extension Agents are a fantastic resource for farm to school activities. Agriculture and Natural Resources Agents or Master Gardeners can provide assistance with soil fertility and pest management in school gardens. Family and Consumer Science (FACS) Agents can provide food safety and nutrition training and connect students to make 4-H programs.
On March 27, our Farm to School team hosted a workshop for the Northwest District FACS Agents in Henry County. These agents are go to resources for a variety of health resources, including establishing an overall healthy diet, food safety, disease prevention, and food preservation. The Georgia Organics team was excited to expand their skills in working with farm to school programs by strengthening culinary and knife skills.
Farm to School Director and Chef Kimberly Della Donna demonstrates proper technique for cutting seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as carrots and strawberries.
After watching Chef Kimberly demonstrate each cut, Agents work together in peer groups using a Peer Observation Checklist to learn and replicate each cut.
When cooking with kids, our team encourages exploring different tastes, textures, and fragrance of foods. Here, Chef Kimberly leads participants in identifying different culinary herbs that are easy to grow in school gardens.
Agents work together in independent groups to create kid friendly recipes, like Massaged Kale Salad, Kale Pesto, and Whole Grain Strawberry Shortcake.