Our Teachers of the Month spotlight in Barrow County continues this week with some questions answered by Laura Dickson, K-5 Discovery Specials teacher at Holsenbeck Elementary School.
What does Farm to School mean to you and why is it important to you?
I want to educate the kids on where their food comes from and the benefits of it.
How did you first get involved with Farm to School? (Where did you hear about it, what sparked your interest to bring it into your classroom, etc.)
I got an email about a Northeast Georgia Farm to School workshop
Can you highlight some of the exciting Farm to Schools efforts happening in your class? (Taste Tests, school gardens, field trips to farms, etc.)
The first week of school we made butter while sharing the things we did over the summer. Then we tried the butter. Some of the kids had no clue that it was that easy to make butter and that it tasted good.
My 5 th graders planted pumpkins in my window that we will be planting outside and measuring them as they grow.
How do your students respond to your Farm to School efforts?
We just started talking about it but they are excited to grow things and to be able to eat them.
What is the most exciting thing about Farm to School in the classroom?
Taste testing with the kids.
What is the most challenging?
The most challenging thing is the number of kids I see. I see k-5 which is about 919 students. It’s hard to get enough stuff for all of them.
What are your top 2 Farm to School goals for this school year?
To have a success growing garden.
To teach the kids how to grow their own food.
If you were a vegetable, which vegetable would you be and why?
I would be corn because I can be turned into some many different things.