March 5, 2012

Duckworth speaks on ‘farm to school’ ideas

Sarah Duckworth, an agriculture education teacher at Gladden Middle School, presented at a statewide conference recently.

Teachers and FFA (Future Farmers of America) students represented Georgia Agriculture Education at the third annual Georgia Farm to School Summit Feb. 24-25 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 United States.

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.

Duckworth was one of a handful of presenters 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.

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