Join us in welcoming our brand new farm to school intern Kayleigh Jones. You can contact her by email at KayleighJones@georgiaorganics.org.
Tell me more about what you’re studying at school?
Last year I moved to Atlanta to pursue my Master’s in Public Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. This past year I worked at Georgia Shape, the state’s childhood obesity initiative housed at the Georgia Department of Public Health. I also was a volunteer health coach at Grady Hospital’s ‘Walk the Line’ program, teaching healthy habits with walks along the BeltLine.
Why/What inspired you to intern at Georgia Organics?
I grew up in the Hudson Valley area of New York, surrounded by small farms and agriculture. Growing up there fostered an appreciation and passion for growing, buying, and selling local foods. As I became interested in public health, I saw the extent to which our diets influence disease and therefore our quality of life. I am so excited to be an intern at Georgia Organics, which is place where I can meld my love for food and public health education into one job.
What do you hope to accomplish at Georgia Organics?
I hope to gain further experience in programming that focuses on educating kids and people of all ages about food, and the effects it has on our bodies over our lifespan. And of course, to continue to spread the word that eating local fruits and vegetables does not have to be difficult!
What is your spirit vegetable?
Sunny Gold Tomato. These cute tomatoes need lots of sunlight to be happy, are bright and sweet like me!