Education and Food Access Work

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Education

  • B.S.Ed.        Early Childhood Education. University of Georgia. (2005-2008)

Additional Courses 

  • Edible Schoolyard Academy. Edible Schoolyard. (July 2010)
  • Urban Agriculture Training Program. Georgia Organics. (2012)
  • Edible Schoolyard Academy. Edible Schoolyard. (July 2014)
  • John Dewey Culinary Institute. University of Vermont (June 2017)
  • Cultivating Farm to Early Childhood Course. Vermont Feed. (2020-2021)
  • Building Connections in the Garden Course. Life Lab. (2021)

Professional Positions

Board Experience

  • Grow the Good ATL Advisory Board. Board Member. (2021)
  • Branan Towers Senior Living. Board Member. (Jan 2017 – Present)
  • WYLDE Center. Executive Board Member. (Jan 2015 – June 2020)
  • Georgia School Garden Network. Executive Board Member. (Jan 2017 – Jan 2019)

Professional Experience

  • Summit/Conference Education Planning.
    • Committee Member. Growing School Gardens Summit. (2022)
    • Committee Member. Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit. (2019, 2021)
  • Strategic Plan Development.
    • Staff Member. Community Farmers Markets. (2015, 2019)
    • Board Member. Wylde Center. (2015, 2019)
  • Evaluation Plan Development.
    • Team Member. Georgia Organics Farm to School. (2016)
  • Design Table Process.
    • Team Member. Food Well Alliance. (2016)
  • Website Development.
    • Staff Member. Community Farmers Markets. (2015)

Professional Memberships

  • Georgia Farm to School Alliance.
  • Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia.

Professional Publications

  • Toolkit {Farm to Early Care} for Georgia Organics (Spring 2020)
  • Instructional Videos {Farm to Early Care} for Georgia Organics (Fall 2019)
  • Online Multimedia Training Courses for Captain Planet Foundation (Spring 2018)
    • Getting Started with Learning Gardens (for School Teams)
    • Getting Started with Learning Gardens (for Teachers)
    • Planting and Planning Learning Gardens (for School Teams)
    • Learning Gardens for K-2 Teachers
    • Learning Gardens for 3-5 Teachers
    • Learning Gardens for 6-8 Teachers
  • Curriculum {K-5, all subject areas} for Captain Planet Foundation (Spring 2017)
  • Curriculum {K-8, all subject areas} for Emeril Lagasse Foundation (Summer 2017)
  • Annual Scope and Sequence {PreK-5, based in permaculture, yoga} for Soulshine (Spring 2017)
  • Lesson Plans {PreK-8, all subject areas} for Georgia Organics for National Farm to School Month
    • “Turnip the Volume” (Fall 2020)
    • “Oh my Squash” (Fall 2019)
    • “Kickin’ it with Kale” (Fall 2018)
    • “Make Room for Legumes” (Fall 2017)
    • “Leaf it to Spinach” (Fall 2016)
    • “Rooting for Carrots” (Fall 2015)
    • “Grow Radish Grow” (Fall 2014)
    • “Lettuce Try It” (Fall 2013)
  • Oral History {Women Who Farm} for Southern Foodways Alliance (October 2016)
  • Blog Posts {Instructional Guides, Growing Guides} for Captain Planet Foundation
  • Blog Posts {Recipes, Photo Essays, Outreach Spotlights} for Community Farmers Markets

Professional Presentations

Keynote Speeches

  • North Carolina State University School Garden Summit in Kannapolis, North Carolina (August 2019)
  • Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia Annual Conference in Helen, Georgia (March 2018)

Conference Sessions

  • Green Schools Gathering in Gwinnett County, Georgia (September 2019)
  • Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit in Macon, Georgia (June 2019)
  • Green Schools Gathering in Gwinnett County, Georgia (March 2019)
  • Community Farmers Market Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia (March 2019)
  • Georgia Organics Conference in Tifton, Georgia (February 2019)
  • Georgia Organics Conference in Augusta, Georgia (February 2018)
    • Presented “Culturally-Relevant Cooking”
    • Presented “Action Planning for Farm to School”
  • Community Farmers Market Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia (February 2018)
  • School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute in Santa Cruz, California (January 2018)
    • Presented “Finding, Modifying, and Sequencing High Quality Lessons”
  • Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit in Augusta, Georgia (October 2017)
    • Presented “Culturally Relevant Cooking with Kids”
  • School Nutrition Association Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (July 2017)
  • Northeast Farm to School Institute in Burlington, Vermont (June 2017)
    • Presented “Curriculum Connections to the Food System”
  • Georgia Organics Conference (February 2017)
  • Community Farmers Markets Symposium (February 2017)
  • Community Farmers Markets Symposium (January 2016)
  • Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit in Athens, Georgia (February 2015)
    • Presented “Growing a Strong STEM”
  • Atlanta Food & Farm Food Literacy Institute (March 2014)
  • Atlanta Public Schools Farm to School Tour (October 2013)
  • Environmental Educators Association Conference (March 2013)
  • Atlanta Farm to School Workshop (February 2013)

Webinars

  • “Teaching Literacy Through Food for K-8” for Georgia Organics (December 2020)
  • “Winter Garden Activities for Children 2-12” for Georgia Organics (November 2020)
  • “First Farm to School Activities for Children 2-5” for Georgia Organics (October 2020)
  • “Hands-on Cooking and Mindful Taste Tests” for Georgia Organics (October 2020)
  • “Easy Outdoor Activities for Children 2-12” for Georgia Organics (October 2020)
  • “Planting and Caring for a Fall Garden with K-8 Students” for Georgia Organics (October 2020)
  • “Turnip the Volume on Sensory Education” for Georgia Organics (September 2020)

Teacher Workshops

  • Developed and Presented Full-Day Teacher Training Workshops for Georgia Organics 
    • Baldwin County Schools, Georgia (March 2020)
    • Griffin-Spaulding County Schools, Georgia (February 2020)
    • Dekalb County Schools, Georgia (January 2020)
    • Sandy Springs, Georgia (October 2019)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (April 2019)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (March 2019)
    • Augusta, Georgia (February 2018)
    • Dublin, Georgia (January 2018)
    • Dublin, Georgia (November 2017)
    • Leesburg, Georgia (October 2017)
    • Canton, Georgia (April 2017)
    • Winder, Georgia (February 2017) – Two Day Workshop
    • Hampton, Georgia (January 2017)
    • Macon, Georgia (September 2016)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (September 2016) – Two Day Workshop
    • Atlanta, Georgia (February 2016)
    • Cochran, Georgia (February 2016)
    • Savannah, Georgia (February 2016)
    • Athens, Georgia (February 2016)
    • Hampton, Georgia (January 2016)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (October 2015)
    • Athens, Georgia (September 2015)
  • Presented Full-Day Teacher Training Workshops for Life Lab
  • Developed and Present Teacher Training Workshops for Small Bites Adventure Club
    • South Dekalb Early Learning Center (January 2020)
    • Roswell North Elementary School (November 2019)
    • Sheltering Arms: Barack and Michelle Obama Center (August 2019)
  • Developed and Presented Training Workshops for FoodCorps
  • Developed and Presented Full-Day Teacher Training Workshops for Emeril Lagasse Foundation
    • New Orleans, Louisiana (September 2019)
    • Seaside, Florida (July 2018)
  • Developed and Presented Full-Day Teacher Training Workshops for Captain Planet Foundation
    • London, England (November 2017)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (August 2017)
    • Monroe, Louisiana (March 2017)
    • Penn Yan, New York (March 2017)
    • Rochester, New York (March 2017)
    • New York, New York (March 2017)
    • Van Buren, Arkansas (March 2017)
    • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (February 2017)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (November 2015)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (October 2015)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (September 2015)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (February 2015)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (November 2014)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (October 2014)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (February 2014)

Honors and Awards

Professional Development

  • Georgia Farm to School Summit (April 2021)
  • California Farm to School Conference (March 2021)
  • Mississippi Farm to School Conference (February 2021)
  • Community Food Systems Conference in Savannah, Georgia (December 2019)
  • Children and Youth Garden Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin (July 2019)
  • Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit in Macon, Georgia (June 2019)
  • Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia Annual Conference (March 2019)
  • Georgia Organics Conference (February 2019)
  • Terra Madre in Turin, Italy (September 2018)
  • National Farm to Cafeteria Conference (April 2018)
  • Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia Annual Conference (March 2018)
  • Georgia Organics Conference (February 2018)
  • Community Farmers Market Symposium (February 2018)
  • Community Food Systems Conference (December 2017)
  • Georgia Farmers Market Association Food for Thought Conference (December 2017)
  • Food, Ag, and Equity Conference (November 2017)
  • Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit (October 2017)
  • Soulshine Permaculture Conference (September 2017)
  • Northeast Farm to School Institute in Burlington, Vermont (June 2017)
  • Green Schools Conference (March 2017)
  • Atlanta Civic Summit (February 2017)
  • Food Media South Conference (February 2017)
  • Georgia Organics Annual Conference (February 2017)
  • Georgia Organics / Vermont FEED Farm to School Intensive (February 2017)
  • Community Farmers Market Symposium (February 2017)
  • Change Beyond the Plate Conference (December 2016)
  • Georgia Farmers Market Association Food for Thought Conference (December 2016)
  • Urban Educational Excellence Conference (October 2016)
  • Terra Madre in Turin, Italy (September 2016)
  • Southern Foodways Alliance Oral History Workshop (July 2016)
  • National Farm to Cafeteria Conference (June 2016)
  • Slow Food USA School Garden Conference (April 2016)
  • Food Media South Conference (February 2016)
  • Georgia Organics Annual Conference (February 2016)
  • Wholesome Wave Statewide Conference (February 2016)
  • Community Farmers Market Symposium (January 2016)
  • Wholesome Wave National Conference (January 2016)
  • Edible Schoolyard Class Observations in Berkely, California (October 2015)
  • Georgia Organics Annual Conference (February 2015)
  • National Farm to Cafeteria Conference (April 2014)
  • Georgia Organics Annual Conference (February 2014)
  • Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit and Annual Conference (February 2013)
  • Atlanta Local Food Initiative Food System Summit (November 2012)
  • Decatur Farm to School Symposium (August 2012)
  • Georgia Organics Farm to School Workshop (October 2011)
  • EEA Outdoor Educator Symposium (November 2011)
  • Georgia Organics Educators Workshop (July 2010)
  • Edible Schoolyard Academy in Berkely, California (July 2010)

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