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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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By Lauren Ladov, FoodCorps Service Member The magic brews stronger the longer it takes to change This winter, I led several different classes making butter. Understanding states and the transformation of matter is a Common Core standard K-3. Armed with heavy cream in jars, I challenged students to change this liquid into a solid. So […]

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By Rachel Waldron Tis the season for family, for gratitude and, maybe most importantly, for food. We live in a world where our food defines us—nationally, regionally, ethnically, individually—and yet there is a growing divide between people and their food. Part of our work with the YUF is to bridge that divide, to bring students […]

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FoodCorps Service Members have a knack for interacting with kids and teenagers, and they’re experts at getting them interested in learning about the nutrition of the foods they consume. Whether they are working with kids in school gardens or performing cooking demonstrations with the foods students have grown, FoodCorps service members provide hands-on education and promote local food […]

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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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