After two months of getting acquainted with the northeast Georgia community and Rabun and Habersham schools, Megan and Susie have already made some great farm to school achievements. They have both played integral parts in coordinating and organizing taste tests, have assessed each school’s farm to school progress, and have taught meaningful lessons in collaboration with teachers.
This month Susie taught a nutrition and American diets lesson to Shanna Patrick’s culinary arts classes at Habersham Central High School. The lesson explored the basics of good nutrition, trends in the standard American diet over the last 50 years or so (including the significant rise in diet-related disease and death), and an exploration of why people eat what they eat (including strategies for changing diets for the better). It was quite a success with students being very engaged throughout the entire lesson. Susie has also been working with Level Grove Elementary School, Cornelia Elementary School, and Habersham Central High School to get school gardens installed and planted alongside teachers and students.
Megan taught a pumpkin lesson this month in two third grade classes at Rabun County Elementary School. The lesson was called, “Seed to Smoothie,” and it explored the life cycle of a pumpkin. The lesson was arranged into four rotations: in the first rotation students learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin, it’s adaptations, and they planted a pumpkin seed. In the second rotation students learned how to make pumpkin smoothies using supplies from the mobile cooking cart. In the third rotation they wrote/drew what they learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin. In the fourth rotation they watched a video about photosynthesis. Below is the pumpkin smoothie recipe Megan came up with, which makes a great fall snack!
Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup milk
2 Tablespoons honey
2/3 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
1 cup ice
Directions: Blend all ingredients, and enjoy!