As a high school teacher and farmer, Brooke Lewis-Slamkova has a passion for teaching kids where and how their food is grown. Her current position as the Family Consumer Science teacher in Barrow County allows her to teach students about how their food choices impact themselves and their community. Hands-on learning and taste-tests provide the perfect opportunity for children to learn and experience food in new ways.
1.What role do you play in the farm to school and early care and education movement?
I am the sponsor of the Apalachee High School garden and on the Barrow County Farm to School booster committee. I use my position to share the possibilities of the school garden to faculty and students. As a local farmer, I support local movements that support small farms and procuring local foods to go into the schools.
2. Why are you excited to present your topic? What are some key takeaways attendees will get from your session?
Food allergens should be a prominent focus for all teachers and school nutrition personnel. Children’s safety is our number one priority. That being said, we should not let that preclude kids from enjoying taste tests and experiencing the school garden. Small substitutions and replacements can ensure that all kids get to have an amazing experience with food.
3. What are you looking forward too at the Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit?
Every Georgia Organics event that I have been to have had excellent presentations and awesome food. The presenters are people with real world experience that have a true passion for our kids. It is also awesome to know that the foods you are eating are locally grown and sustainably sourced.
Presented by Georgia Farm to School Alliance and Georgia Farm to Early Care and Coalition, hosted by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and Georgia Organics.
The farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) and farm to school movement connects early care providers, schools, and local farms in an effort to serve healthy meals and snacks, improve student nutrition, and increase farm and gardening educational opportunities. This year’s Summit welcomes early care providers and staff, teachers, school nutrition staff, students, parents, farmers, distributors, and others interested in learning more about Georgia’s farm to ECE and farm to school community.