*Georgia Agriculture Education Leaders of Farm to School *

Teachers and FFA students represented Georgia Agriculture Education at the
third Annual Georgia Farm to School Summit February 24 & 25th in Columbus.  The
sold out crowd at the Summit was the largest convener of farm to school
leaders in the state and included farmers, school nutrition staff, school
administrators, parents, students and community members.

Farm to school, which aims to create and stimulate reliable markets for
Georgia farmers while increasing students’ consumption of fresh fruits and
vegetables, is growing in both Georgia and the U.S.  A typical program
might include school meals that incorporate and highlight locally grown
foods, edible school gardens, student and community educational programs
and the harvest and cooking of local produce.

Agriculture education teachers, Sara Clark, Dr. Pam Stratton, Taylor Ginn,
Sarah Duckworth and Young Farmer Teacher Trish Williams presented during
the “Farm to School in the Classroom” component of the summit sharing the
story of the successes of agriculture education and inspirational ideas and
lessons plans that weave farm to school into curriculum standards. During
the opening session Gordon County was highlighted and Superintendent, Dr.
McCown, presented with Trish Williams, Sara Clark, and Sonoraville FFA
students Miranda Northrup and Marina Zeigler.

More than one thousand people visited the expo, where East Jackson FFA
students Samantha Manley and Brooke Chrisley worked alongside Sonoraville
FFA members to inform and educate the public about Georgia FFA program.

To view photos of this past weekend's summit go to: Georgia Agriculture
Education Photo Gallery <>

or copy and paste link:

Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-552-4461 / 706-540-0032
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