Northeast Georgia Farm to School is excited to announce the six schools it is offering mini-grants to this fall! Since the beginning of summer, NEGA Farm to School has been creating a new mini-grant program that is kicking off this fall. Applications were offered to Habersham and Rabun County schools interested in increasing farm to school programing through school gardens, mobile cooking carts, or a creation of their own. Applications were dispersed the 1st of August, and recipients were chosen by August 21st.
In Rabun County the elementary, middle, and high school will all be receiving a mobile cooking cart, professional development focused on cooking with students, and FoodCorps service member assistance. Cornelia Elementary, Level Grove Elementary, and Habersham High School, all in Habersham County, will be receiving school gardens, professional development focused on gardening with students, and FoodCorps service member assistance. Each school team will work with their FoodCorps service member one day per week to connect food education to standards-based curriculum. In December they will present to colleagues and community members what they were able to achieve through having access to a mobile cooking cart or school garden. Although the mini-grant program is only for the fall, FoodCorps will be working with the school teams the entire 2015-2016 school year. They will also be working in the school cafeteria to promote local fresh food and connect what is being done in the classroom to what is being done in the cafeteria.
FoodCorps’ first days in the schools will be the second week of September, and school teams will receive their mobile cooking cart or school garden packages during the professional development day on September 16th. We are excited to see the amazing work that will be done and goals that will be achieved this year .