LaMonika Jones is the Procurement and Purchasing Compliance Officer at Bright from the Start: GA Dept. of Early Care and Learning. Originally from Detroit, LaMonika has lived in Georgia for the past 10 years. Since graduating from college, she has spent time in various sectors working for small businesses as well as grassroots non-profits. LaMonika is passionate about what she refers to as “heart work” especially as it relates to educating and empower younger generations.
1.What role do you play in the farm to school and early care and education movement? My role in Farm to School/ECE involves supporting all things Local Sourcing by connecting early childcare centers and programs with farmers, farmers markets, etc. as well as informing them of various methods of incorporating Farm to ECE into their programming.
2. Why are you excited to present your topic? What are some key takeaways attendees will get from your session? I’m excited about presenting because it serves as an opportunity for early childcare centers to learn how to purchase what they need in order to operate a successful meal program. It’s also an opportunity for them to learn about how beneficial local sourcing is, as well as the many vendors, farmers, etc. ready to assist them with Farm to ECE practices.
3. What are you looking forward too at the Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit? I’m most looking forward to networking with other community partners and organizations who are passionate about Farm to ECE and learning about what they are doing to support all things Farm to School/ECE.
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.