FoodCorps National Site Visit: From Oregon to Northeast Georgia

On Wednesday, April 29th, two national FoodCorps staff traveled from Oregon to see the exciting things that are happening with Northeast Georgia Farm to School and our FoodCorps service members. NEGA Farm to School staff, FoodCorps service members, and Georgia Organics staff hosted them for the day. They started by visiting Wildcat Hill Garden at the Rabun County public school campus, and enjoyed a farm-to-table lunch at Fortify by Chef Jamie Allred, one of our first farm to school chefs. Chef Allred was kind enough to leave his busy kitchen to share his involvement with farm to school, and why he thinks the program is important. This gave national FoodCorps some insight into how involved our communities are with the program.

After visiting some of the sites in Rabun, they moved on to Habersham County where they did a Habersham school gardens tour, saw a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project session, and visited the Culinary Arts lab at Habersham Central High School. That evening they were able to enjoy another meal by one of our farm to school chefs, Chris Bolton of Harvest Habersham. It was a packed schedule, but we enjoyed sharing the growth of farm to school in northeast Georgia with national FoodCorps staff members.

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