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
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.