Our Farm to School team hosted two one hour trainings at Model High School in Floyd County, Ga. on July 26. Approximately 60 K-12 educators attended the workshops to learn about
- Georgia’s Farm to School program
- Georgia Organics’ October Farm to School Month
- How to incorporate school gardening and farm to school into school curriculums
- and the benefits of edible gardening.
Several of the teachers in attendance mentioned having difficulty incorporating farm to school into their class lessons. They appreciated learning easy ways food and gardening can be incorporated with minimal deviation from their standards based lessons. ” I think cooking and gardening with students can be intimidating for teachers, said workshop host and Georgia Organics Farm to School Manager Abbie Chaddick. “This presentation shows how you can incorporate farm to school in simple ways.”
Below are a couple of reflections from attendees regarding their workshop experiences.
“The gardening activities and nutrition tips were especially important for us educators.” – Matthew Myers, Coosa High School
“I am going to an elementary school (Alto Park Elementary) for the 2019-2020 school year. I’m a grower and I’m really looking forward to teaching my new students about plants!” – Ellen Jackson, Alto Park Elementary