By Diana Pena
Diana Pena is a CDC Public Well being Affiliate serving because the Farm to Faculty Coordinator on the Georgia Division of Public Well being. She additionally helps the Georgia Farm to Faculty group in our work to attain Georgia Farm to Faculty Alliance and Farm to Early Care and Training strategic plan targets.
Touring the World with Regionally Grown Gadgets: Highlight on Farm to Faculty Innovation Grantee Jones County Colleges!
Georgia Organics and the Georgia Division of Public Well being (GA DPH) have collaborated to ascertain the Farm to Faculty Innovation Mini Grants Program. These funds help farm to high school initiatives that:
· Enhance entry to native, recent, organically grown meals,
· Embody culturally responsive meals and schooling,
· Enhance native meals procurement,
· And/or profit Georgia-certified natural farmers in different methods.
We’re excited to spotlight Farm to Faculty Mini Grant Awardee Jones County Faculty System. Matoshia Grant, Faculty Vitamin Director of Jones County Colleges, leads the work of this culturally responsive meals schooling mission.
With solely seven faculties, Jones County Faculty system is small compared to others in Georgia. Their geographic locality limits college students’ publicity to cultural and ethnic meals, which prompted Matoshia Grant to suggest this mission, “to permit college students to tour the world with domestically grown meals.” Matoshia and Jones’s County Colleges’ personnel have labored collectively to create taste-tests, host cooking classes with a chef, and safe a discipline journey to a neighborhood farmer’s market.