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By Stephanie Simmons Yesterday, the Northeast Georgia Farm to School mini-grant initiative culminated with an evening of celebration, which showcased the learning and creativity by teachers and students around mobile cooking cart and garden project awards, along with technical assistance from FoodCorps service members Megan Connolly (Rabun County Schools) and Susie Burton (Habersham County Schools). Four years […]

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By Megan Connolly The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia was founded in 1992 in Athens, Georgia, in an effort to end hunger in northeast Georgia. The Food Bank has recently expanded its reach further north. In June 2015, construction began on a warehouse and food processing center in Rabun County located in downtown Clayton. The $6.4 million […]

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        by Leah Kelley “The best thing you can do to reduce food cost is to buy whole food,” said Joel Salatin during a talk at PACE Academy in Atlanta last month. Salatin, as he usually does, was challenging the idea that healthy food has to be expensive.   If you’re not […]

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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 Bexx Merck Some people might think I’m about to hate on pumpkin spice. They’re right. Tis the season, right? Who knew an innocent blend of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, allspice, and cinnamon could sweep over the nation like, well, kale?   I wish it would stop. Not the pumpkin part, the spice part, and maybe […]

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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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  by Susie Burton Grow It! Cook It! Teach It!: Mini-Grant Recipients Receive Training and Resources A brisk fall day on Grassfed Farms in Clarkesville proved the perfect setting for NEGA Farm to School’s professional development workshop for its mini-grant recipients.  Teachers and nutrition staff from six Habersham and Rabun county schools (along with staff […]

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by Ian Rossiter  My go-to summer job for years has traditionally been guiding kayak tours. This job is amazing. I spent my days on the beaches and in the marshes of our beautiful Georgia coast, which was the ideal environment for me to nerd out on coastal wildlife and all the rest of our natural […]

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by Sarah Dasher Let me tell you about a girl in kindergarten named Emaan. One day, Emaan’s mom read a garden book to her that mentioned recycling and composting. These are now some of her greatest interests, and Earth Day is her favorite holiday. Her eyes light up when you ask her to put garden […]

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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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