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Last week, our talented Northeast Georgia farm to school crew teamed up with Lisa Ezzard and Brooks Franklin of Leah Lake Farm to run a carrot taste test at North Habersham Middle School. Some students arrived early into the lunchroom and went straight to the taste test to line up and meet the farmers. When […]

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By Rachel Waldron, FoodCorps Service Member Because there are so many great activities to do out in the garden during the springtime, its difficult to get the kids excited about staying inside. But when a substitute teacher does not take the students out to the garden, I try to bring aspects of the garden inside. […]

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By Abbie King, Intern, Georgia Organics Farm to School Intern We interviewed our Northeast Georgia Farm to School Regional Coordinator and Assistant, Maggie Van Cantfort & Georgia O’Farrell, about the exciting work they are doing in Habersham and Rabun counties as part of the Northeast Georgia Farm to School program. What is your role with Farm […]

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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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by Paula Maia Fernandes A garden is capable of growing much more than beautiful plants, it can also grow a community. Lola Blum has on her name what she is all about – to help blooming community’s core values such as healthy living skills, community development, environmental education, and artistic expression through growing a garden. Blum is the Co-Founder […]

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  By Constance Roberts, FoodCorps Service Member As many of us can relate to, the second question I am most frequently asked, after my name, is “What do you do?” This question often leads to a flurry of confusion on both the questioners and respondent’s end. I often become flustered when trying to explain exactly […]

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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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By Sarah Dasher, FoodCorps Service Member I’m often surprised by how fascinated kids are by things that I think might go over their heads. For instance, to me, the fact that a tiny rock-like thing sprouts and grows into a tomato plant or corn or a tree is like magic. Just add water, sun, and […]

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We were big fans of our new farm to school coordinator before we ever interviewed her for the job—Emily Cumbie-Drake has been a mainstay at Georgia Organics events for a long time, and her smiling face is now in our office full-time! What was your previous job? I was a Sustainability Program Coordinator at Emory’s […]

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