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Friday, June 14, 2019

Attending Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit

Attending the Farm to School Summit

A collaborative partnership among
Georgia Farm to School Alliance & Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education
with hosts Georgia Organics & Bright from the Start.

How Can We Work as a Community?

Last Friday and Saturday, I was fortunate to attend the Farm to School Summit in Macon, Georgia. There were many familiar faces, and it was exciting to see new ones. I heard many presentations, and I learned about the many intriguing farm to school initiatives happening across the state. 

I was impressed to learn the hard work of Latino groups who are also heavily engaged as early childcare providers. Many were mothers who began providing these services in their homes and earned a grant to start their own garden. 
Through this they expressed how they have seen the benefits of having a garden for the children and themselves. At the same time, they touched a very important topic that some of you may be able to relate to. They provided children with healthy diets, but as the children graduated and moved onto elementary school, their diets, sadly, were not healthy. So these good habits that they instilled at an early age were lost. It brought them to ask a question:
 
How can they get parents more involved in healthy diets beyond preschool?
So parents and educators, have you felt this within your community? I'd love to know your thoughts and story. And if you have found some success in this area, I'd love to share your story. I know that many times the ideas and goals are there, but everything can get lost in the planning and implementation. Let's work together to build a thriving community and future for our children.
Share Your Voice - It Matters!
Overall, it was great to see the strides being taken by multiple individuals, groups, and organization at the summit. As more developments happen, I hope to keep you updated and for those interested, ways you can become more involved. 

Sincerely,

Pilar
SPOTLIGHT on Small Bites Adventure Club
Helping children discover, love and eat their vegetables through hands-on learning. 
While attending the summit, it was great to see Erin Croom (on the far right), an initiator of the Farm to School program. She continues to be an advocate for children and educators through her company Small Bites Adventure Club
She is connecting children to their veggies so they can grow a love for it. How awesome is that?
Way to go Erin! Thank you for advocating in your community!
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Mention Alegre Farm and get $5 off a 10 month subscription. Email erin@smallbites.club for more information!
 
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In your local community
Gwinnett County is undergoing plans to begin a community garden at Rhodes Jordan Park through Harvest Gwinnett's initiative Live Healthy Gwinnett and partners Gwinnett Health and Human Services, Parks and Recreation, and UGA Extension Gwinnett.
Below is the Conceptual Garden Plan. 
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