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By: Gabrielle Jackson, Dietetic Intern, Georgia State University The first week of October commemorates an exciting time for early care settings across Georgia- Georgia Pre-K Week! This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Georgia Pre-K Program. The Program began as a pilot by former Governor Zell Miller in 1992 to lay a solid foundation […]

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What a whirlwind! Over the last few weeks, I had the great opportunity to work with Georgia Organics as a Dietetic Intern. Going into this, my only thought was: “I’ll get to work on a farm!” And while I did do just that (and we’ll get into it later), I also got to experience so […]

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By Katherine Hobson From dressing up in a carrot costume, to harvesting fresh lettuce with toddlers and preschoolers, Carol Clarke of Concerted Services Inc. loves sharing her excitement for Farm to Early Care and Education (Farm to ECE) with South Georgia early care providers. Farm to ECE aims to foster a lifelong love of healthy, local […]

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Last week I was invited to attend The Good Food For All convening in Washington DC. Good Food For All is a network of community-based, grassroots and national organizations who share a commitment to working collaboratively to advance racial equity through federal food and farm policy. The Union of Concerned Scientists hosted over 100 Good […]

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On Feb. 3, the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative launched in Macon. The Learning Collaborative selected 18 early child education providers from over 80 submissions to participate in the inaugural year. The Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative was created in 2017 with support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.  Georgia […]

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by Shante’ Chaney-Donnelly #RootingForCarrots Pre-K Edition This past Friday (October 16th) marked the beginning of my awesome mentorship with Little ones Learning Center. The director Wande’ Meadows is super excited about Farm to Preschool at her school and you guessed it… SO AM I! We agreed on having me do super fun cooking demos, facilitating “Try it” […]

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By Kate Karassik, SoulShine Sprouts Director Growing up, my summer camp experiences revolved gluing wood parts together in an arts and crafts barn and acing my canoeing test.  These days, kids have more options – Space camp, Wild Animal Encounter Camps, Horseback Riding. Those are all well and good, but Farm to School themed camps are […]

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Establishing a connection between farm and school is fundamental to keep children healthy and to teach them where their food comes from. Misty Friedman is a long time supporter of showing children the importance of eating healthier, of food origins, and of how food habits impact the environment and the community. Friedman is the School Nutrition Coordinator at the Georgia Department of […]

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We’re honored to have Deborah Kane, the USDA National Director of Farm to School (and UGA alumna!), as this year’s keynote for the Georgia Farm to School and Preschool Summit in Athens on Feb. 19-20.  She recently took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to chat with us about the upcoming opportunities and challenges she encounters in her […]

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Are you a farmer or distributor who wants to sell to a preschool? Well, you’re invited to attend Georgia’s first Farm to Preschool Meet and Greets, which will serve as an opportunity for local farmers and distributors to meet with representatives from preschools and early childcare centers, and discuss opportunities for buying and selling fresh, […]

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