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by Susie Burton In March, Joni Kennedy of Melon Head Farms (Clarkesville, GA) visited Level Grove Elementary School to speak to third graders about soil.  The third graders were just finishing up their soil unit, so they flexed both their newfound scientific knowledge and their speaking and listening skills by interviewing Farmer Joni.  Students drafted […]

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Alecia “Red” Barrett was hooked on Farm to School after attending the Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit in 2012. For Barrett, it was the perfect way to develop healthy eating and strong educational habits. “Farm to School is what we’re stressing right now,” said Barrett. “…especially because you can tie the food into education, […]

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by Susie Burton Taste test preparations started two weeks ago, when fresh, Georgia-grown turnip greens were ordered from Bakers Farm in Norman Park.  This morning, the day of the taste test, Ms. Tammy Barnes, cafeteria manager at LGES, and her staff start in the kitchen early, washing greens and prepping the ingredients.   A simple […]

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by Megan Connolly This week the students of Mrs. Free’s 7th Grade Social Studies class at Rabun County Middle School learned about India through a culinary lense.  A 7th grade Georgia Standard is to “analyze the diverse cultures of the people who live in Southern and Eastern Asia”. As a continuation of the class’s Global Culinary Series, the students […]

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By Leah Kelley As a school garden teacher, I have worked with youth in gardening for over 3 years now, and I so enjoy teaching them about the magic it is to grow food, to learn about our food systems, nutrition, and cooking. The populations I’ve worked with are urban, in Lansing, MI, Waco, TX, […]

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By Sumer Ladd What’s currently trending in the world of food and cooking? Kid chefs! Master Chef Junior, Rachel vs. Guy: Kids Cook Off, and Chopped: Teen Invasion are all shows that put a spotlight on kids with extraordinary cooking skills. If you haven’t already, you should definitely tune in, because they’re super entertaining and […]

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On October 7, the Georgia capitol atrium was bustling. Nearly 150 representatives from 39 Georgia school districts had traveled from all corners of the state—from Savannah-Chatham County Public School System on the coast to the north Georgia mountains’ White County Schools—to receive the prestigious Golden Radish Award. Georgia Organics’ annual Golden Radish Awards ceremony celebrates […]

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On Wednesday, Oct. 7, State School Superintendent Richard Woods, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., and Georgia Organics Board Chair Mandy Mahoney honored 39 districts with the Golden Radish Award (up from 30 last year!), which is given to school districts in Georgia who are doing extraordinary work in farm […]

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by Rachel Waldron Returning Service Member Rachel Waldron reflects on the previous year with the Young Urban Farmers program while orienting the new group of students. September began with the promise of a new crew: new talent, new questions, and for some, renewed dedication. Last year, the Young Urban Farmers (YUF) program provided 16 Athens-Clarke […]

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