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NC Farm to School Summit 2019

September 19–20, 2019

Raleigh Convention Center
500 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC

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Farm to School Summit, 2019: Working Together in Farm to School

Hosted by Farm to School Coalition of NC and launching the 1st annual farm to school awards of NC.

Early Bird registration prices through August 23rd!! Registration will close September 6th.

Pre-summit workshops and field trips will take place on September 19, 2019 at various sites near Raleigh—join us for Food Sciences Teacher Workshop, School Garden Workshop, Racial Equity in Farm to School Workshop, Policy in Farm to School Workshop, Four Farm Field Trips , Composting Facility Field Trip, School and Early Care Center Field Trips

Our 2nd state-level summit, to be held September 20th, 2019 in Raleigh, NC, will be an opportunity to strengthen the network of practitioners committed to any and all components of farm to school—from local food purchasing to experiential learning about agriculture, gardening, food, cooking, nutrition and health.

Join us as we grow our membership and collaboratively build capacity of farm to school efforts across the state.

Who Should Attend?

Teachers, School Nutrition Directors, Family and Consumer Sciences Agents, Non-profits, Farmers, Cooperative Extension Agents, Researchers, Parents, Chefs, and all!

Host Hotel

Farm to School Room Block at the Sheraton Raleigh

  • Sheraton Raleigh Hotel (1 min walking from Raleigh Convention Center) 421 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • State rate available for single and double rooms ($149/per night)
  • Reservation link for conference attendees: Book your group rate for Farm To School Summit 2019

The last day to book with the summit hotel block is August 28, 2019.

Alternate Hotels in Downtown Raleigh

Raleigh Marriott City Center, 500 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 USA

Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown, 320 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Parking Information

​Unfortunately the Raleigh Convention Center does not provide parking but is surrounded by many parking decks.

Performing Arts Parking Deck ($3 per hour with a $12 daily max)

128 W South St Raleigh, NC 27601

https://www.downtownraleigh.org/go/performing-arts-parking-deck

Raleigh Marriott City Center ($3 per hour with a $12 daily max)

500 Fayetteville Street

Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 USA

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/rdumc-raleigh-marriott-city-center/

For additional parking options, visit https://www.downtownraleigh.org/getting-around/parking

Thursday, September 19th

Pre-Summit Trainings and Field Trips - various times, locations, and prices; detailed descriptions and info on registration page and on downloadable “full schedule”

Food Sciences Teacher Workshop

· Offered by The NC Department of Public Instruction

· Full day, 8:00am-5:00pm

· Museum of Natural Science, 11 W Jones St Raleigh

· Open to Ag and FCS teachers only

· Max 24

· Includes lunch

· Designed for Family & Consumer Sciences and Ag Ed Teachers currently teaching or planning to teach the FN43 Food Science & Technology course. This full-day training includes hands-on food science labs, expert presentations, curriculum overview, and instructional best practices. Questions: FCSEducation@dpi.nc.gov.

School Garden Workshop

· Offered by NC Department of Public Instruction, NC4H, and NCSU Plants for Human Health Institute

· Full Day: 8:00am-3:00pm

· Willow Springs Elementary School, 6800 Dwight Rowland Rd., Willow Spring NC 27592

· Max: 25

· Includes lunch

· Dig in with a team of educators, nutritionists,and horticulturists how a school garden can enhance hands-on learning in all K-12 curriculum areas and build a healthy school environment. At this hands on workshop, discover how to build, plant and tend an edible garden; strategies and activities for connecting to grade-level standards; and how to sustain and keep the garden growing through garden management teams.

Racial Equity in Farm to School Workshop

· Offered by we are www.weare-nc.org

· Full day, 8:00am-4:30pm

· NC Rural Center, 4021 Carya Dr, Raleigh

· Max 35

· Includes lunch

· This Racial Equity training serves as a general introduction to racial equity at the intersections of food and education. Open to anyone doing work related to farm to school (k-12); come as we work together to explore language, history & analysis to strengthen our collective ability to work through an equity lens for the benefit of all children. *We encourage coming in teams.

Policy in Farm to School Workshop

· Offered by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

· www.carolinafarmstewards.org

· The National Farm to School Network

· http://www.farmtoschool.org/

· Half Day, 1:00pm-4:30pm

· at the NC Rural Center, 4021 Carya Dr, Raleigh

· max 35

· snacks only

· From local purchases to education, farm to school has multiple benefits for kids, schools, and communities, but with layers of federal, state, and local policy, efforts can be daunting. Join this session to learn about policies that help determine what local food ends up feeding NC kids and develop strategies for educating and/or advocating to your Congressional delegates, state-level elected officials and your local school board to make the process of supporting farm to school easier at all levels of government.

Farm Field Trip to Black Cotton

· Offered by Julius Tillery at BlackCotton

· www.blackcotton.us

· Full day, 8:15am-4:30pm

· max 30

· Bus departs from Rural Center, 4021 Carya Dr, Raleigh

· Includes Lunch at La Kitchen Delite

· We’ll head first to Tillery Family Farm in Rich Square, NC where you’ll see cotton and soybean fields, the historical school house and cemetery, as well as the family garden. We’ll then stop for lunch at a local diner, La Kitchen Delite before heading to the BlackCottonUS office at old Garysburg Elementary School, now the Town Center. At the office you’ll see how cotton is processed and turned into product. Julius Tillery will share the story of why he started Black Cotton, his travels and research in developing his plan, and the impact of this farm on the community and region. He’ll also address how the context of this farm is part of what he shares with school groups coming to learn about both the production and the history of cotton farming in NC and the South.

Farm to Field Trip to First Fruits

· Offered by Wisdom for Life

· https://wisdomforlife.org/

· Half day, 8am-1pm

· max 45

· Bus departs from Rural Center, 4021 Carya Dr, Raleigh, NC 27610

· Snacks only provided

· Jason Brown, a former NFL player, and his wife Tay work with school groups to “teach the life cycle of plants, how to plant a seed, the importance of the soil, and how to be good stewards of the land—all universal concepts that are important for every child to know and understand.” You’ll get a farm trolley tour of the whole farm, from garden to barnyard and hear how they work with school groups. Jason and Tay have been dedicated to donating produce for hunger relief, and will share their story and faith-based mission of the farm.

Farm Field Trip to Durham HUB Farm

· Offered by Durham Public Schools HUB Farm

· https://www.thehubfarm.org/

· Half Day, 10am-12pm

· Max 30

· Meet at site: Durham Public Schools Hub Farm

· 117 Milton Road, Durham, NC 27712

· by Durham Public Schools. The Hub Farm engages students, teachers, and the greater Durham community in environmental stewardship, health and nutrition, and career development.

· The Hub Farm’s mission is to improve the academic achievement and well-being of students in Durham Public Schools through experiential outdoor learning. Come tour the Hub Farm’s 30 acre farm, forest and aquatic outdoor learning center, owned

Field Trip to NCSU Compost Learning

· Offered by NCSU Cooperative Extension and Wake County Cooperative Extension

· https://composting.ces.ncsu.edu/

· 4000 Chi Road, Raleigh

· Half day, 9am-12pm

· No max

· Meet at site: NCSU Compost Learning Lab,

· This education, research and demonstration site is the heart of the 1,500-acre Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory, with 26 types of backyard composting and vermicomposting units, both medium and small scale, and multiple areas for hands-on activities. A 40-ft by 30-ft Worm Barn houses a dozen types of worm bins ranging in size from household bins to a 40 square feet bed.

Early Care Center Field Trip to A Safe Place

· Offered by Kim Shaw

· Facebook @ASafePlaceChildhoodEnrichmentCenters

· Half day, 10am-11:30am

· Max 20

· Meet at site: 1216 Cross Link Rd, Raleigh

· Come visit a model farm to early care center to explore their farm to ECE work: garden & cooking education in the classroom, procurement and promotion efforts, healthy school food environment, food waste reduction through composting, hunger reduction efforts, and parent connections. The Director, Chef and teachers will share how they have made f2ECE happen, sharing out of successes and learned lessons, and the benefits and impacts of farm to early care and Education.

Millbrook Environmental Connections Magnet Elementary School Field Trip

· Offered by FoodCorps NC

· https://www.facebook.com/ncfoodcorps/

· Half day, 9am-12pm

· Meet at 1520 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27609

· Max 20

· Optional lunch in the school cafeteria.

· Join us at local elementary schools that are growing the Farm to School movement in their own playgrounds and courtyards. Farm to School is more than connecting our cafeterias to our farms, it is also the education of our students on the food system and its impact on the health of our mind, bodies, and planet. On this field trip, you will tour a local school garden and hear from the dedicated school staff about the impact these edible spaces have on their communities, and how FoodCorps is supporting their missions in Farm to School.

Farm Field Trip to Fresh-Pik/Deans Farm

· Offered by Fresh-Pik/Deans farm

· https://deansfarmmarket.com/

· Half day, 9:00-1:00

· Bus departs from The NC Rural Center,

· 4021 Carya Dr, Raleigh, NC 27610

· Max 20

· snacks only provided

· Come meet the farmer who is a founding member and the current president of the NC Farm to School Cooperative, a farmer cooperative comprised of farmers across the state, who bid on the NCF2S contract. FreshPik sells produce across the US and into Canada but James Sharp also sells at Deans Farm Market in Wilson. Several years ago, the farm built a commercial kitchen and hired a chef. The chef now makes value-added products from the farm’s produce, including jams, sauces, dips and meal packages. Coordinated by Courtney Sharp, Deans Farm Market also hosts school field trips, holds summer camps for kids, is available for parties and has several events on the farm.

Friday, September 20th

Detailed descriptions and info on registration page and on downloadable “full schedule”

500 S. Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00am – 9:00am

Registration and Breakfast

Meeting Area North

9:00am – 9:30am

Welcome and Who is in the Room?

306 Ballroom

break

9:45am – 11:00am

Displays, Demos, and Hands-on Activity Rooms

These activity rooms will provide displays and resources as well as hands-on activities and demonstrations. Staffed by practitioners from multiple organizations, come try some activities yourself, taste a sample, plant an herb, and ask questions from the folks who do it day in, day out as well as those developing resources at the state-level.

Gardening & Composting for Classrooms and Schools, Rm 202

hosted by NC4H, Wake County Cooperative Extension, Rhonda Sherman from the NCSU Composting Learning Lab, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and FoodCorps NC

Cooking with Students & Taste Tests, Rm 203

hosted by Guilford County Cooperative Extension, ASAP/Growing Minds, Farm to ECE Collaborative, FIG (Food Insight Group), and FoodCorps NC

F2SCoalition of NC: What’s next in Farm to School in NC & YOUR VOICE, Rm 307

hosted by The Farm to School Coalition of NC Steering Committee and their organizations

Concurrent Sessions

Local Food on the Line: Share Outs from School Nutrition Directors, Rm 305A

Ruth McDowell, Edgecombe School Nutrition and Janette Broda, Asheville City School Nutrition

In this session School Nutrition Directors will share the various ways they get local food into their cafes, the easiest ways to start, what direct relationships with farmers can bring, how promotions and connections to other farm to school efforts increase the impact. From Western city to Eastern rural, these voices will offer direct experience.

Racial Equity in Farm to School Curriculum, Rm 305B

Ronda Bullock, Executive Director for we are and Sarah Bausell, Educational Consultant for we are

This session will identify the opportunities and benefits for rooting ag, local food, and cooking related curriculum and activities in a racial equity frame. Come join us for tools and strategies to assess, revise, and develop new or current curriculum and activities from a racial equity lens. This workshop is interactive so we encourage you to bring an activity or curriculum module that you might like to revise or an idea for developing a new activity/lesson.

Youth Leadership in f2s: Supporting Emerging Current Leaders, Rm 201

YES! (Youth Empowered Solutions!) and CTE (Career and Technical Education DPI)

Details forth coming.

break

11:15am – 12:30pm

Displays, Demos, and Hands-on Activity Rooms (see above)

Concurrent Sessions

Culinary Institute: Teaching Forward for Successful Students, Rm 305A

Susan Thompson of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and Lauren Weyand and Adrian jones of Craven County School Nutrition

The NC K-12 Culinary Institute was designed to improve student health and academic success through nutritious, appealing meals at school, increase participation in high-quality school nutrition programs, expand the capacity of local school nutrition programs to purchase, prepare and serve fresh, locally grown produce, increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grain-rich foods, and provide continuing education opportunities for school nutrition professionals. Over 200 new recipes, many featuring locally grown products, have been developed for NC school meals. Come to this session to learn more about the skills, techniques, recipes and resources institute graduates teach forward in their Local Education Agencies.

Local Foods Curricula: Teaching Resources, Rm 305B

Jodie Riedel of Wakefield High, Megan Sedaghat of Swift Creek Elementary, Liz Driscoll of North Carolina State/Cooperative Extension, Reno Palombit of NC Department of Public Instruction

How do we raise a generation who is food literate? This session will explore a variety of curricula and instructional resources and methods to promote teaching young people about local food. From elementary to high school, Extension to Career and Technical Education, these resources will provide you with tools you can use and strategies to reach across disciplines and practice settings to increase food literacy.

Farm Visits & Farmer Connections: Share Outs from Farmers & Teachers, Rm 201

Julius Tillery of Black Cotton, Kamal Bell of Sankofa Farms, Ashley Meredith or Melissa Amoabeng of the Durham HUB Farm

Details forth coming.

12:30pm – 2:00pm

LUNCH and Awards Ceremony

Music by Dillard Academy Students

2:15pm – 3:30pm

Concurrent Sessions

The Role of Farm to School in Weather Emergencies, 305A

Calvin Allen, Rural Forward and Scott Marlow, RAFI

Schools and School Nutrition are consistently at the forefront of disaster recovery efforts from weather emergencies, keeping our kids and communities safe and protected before and after storms. This session will provide an exploration space for how farm to school infrastructure specifically—both human and material—might help enhance these efforts. What role does farm to school play in building connections between community partners, above and beyond educating students about the role climate plays in the lives of farmers and our food system? How might additional kitchen infrastructure facilitate demands and needs in weather events? This will feed into a larger conversation already long in motion about disaster preparedness and recovery in our most hard-hit NC communities.

Your Local Food Councils and Farm to School, Room 305B

Rochelle Sparko of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Erin Brighton of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy Council

We’ll explore local food policy councils and how they are supporting farm to school, plus learn strategies for educating and advocating at the local level for farm to school support. This session will name the benefits to both farm to school practitioners and food councils in advancing farm to school.

Jr. Chef Competition, Rm 201

Erica Hoskins and students of Apex High School

How do we promote the next generation of culinary and school nutrition professionals? How can we incorporate more student voice in school nutrition menus? How do we promote nutrition education, cooking skills, and awareness of local agriculture? The NC Jr. Chef Competition! Come learn more about how the competition works and how to get your students involved. The Family & Consumer Sciences program at Apex High School will share their experience participating and sample their award-winning recipe.

Open Sessions (determined by attendee interest during lunch break), Rms 202 and 203

3:45pm – 4:15pm

Closing, Next Year Announcements, and Raffle

There is an option to register for pre-summit field trips and workshops separately, you do not need to register for the Summit to attend pre-summit events. Each workshop/field trip has its own registration link.

Friday Summit

All-Day Farm to School (F2S) Summit - $35

  • Offered by The Farm to School Coalition of NC
  • Includes lunch
  • Full day, 8:00am-4:30pm
  • at Raleigh Convention Center,
  • 500 S. Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • demo/resource room for gardening & composting
  • demo/resource room for cooking & taste
  • concurrent sessions am and pm
  • open session opportunities in afternoon
  • awards ceremony over lunch

Thursday,Pre-Summit Trainings and Field Trips

Pre-Summit Food Sciences Teacher Workshop - $40

  • Offered by The NC Department of Public Instruction
  • Full day, 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Museum of Natural Science, 11 W Jones St Raleigh
  • Open to Ag and FCS teachers only
  • Max 24
  • Includes lunch
  • Designed for Family & Consumer Sciences and Ag Ed Teachers currently teaching or planning to teach the FN43 Food Science & Technology course. This full-day training includes hands-on food science labs, expert presentations, curriculum overview, and instructional best practices. Questions: FCSEducation@dpi.nc.gov.

Pre-Summit Racial Equity in F2S Workshop - $40

  • Offered by we are www.weare-nc.org
  • Full day, 8:00am-4:30pm
  • NC Rural Center, 4021 Carya Dr, Raleigh
  • Max 35
  • Includes lunch
  • This Racial Equity training serves as a general introduction to racial equity at the intersections of food and education. Open to anyone doing work related to farm to school (k-12); come as we work together to explore language, history & analysis to strengthen our collective ability to work through an equity lens for the benefit of all children. *We encourage coming in teams.

Pre-Summit School Garden Workshop - $40

  • Offered by NC Department of Public Instruction, NC4H, and NCSU Plants for Human Health Institute
  • Full Day: 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Willow Springs Elementary School, 6800 Dwight Rowland Rd., Willow Spring NC 27592
  • Max: 25
  • Includes lunch
  • Dig in with a team of educators, nutritionists,and horticulturists how a school garden can enhance hands-on learning in all K-12 curriculum areas and build a healthy school environment. At this hands on workshop, discover how to build, plant and tend an edible garden; strategies and activities for connecting to grade-level standards; and how to sustain and keep the garden growing through garden management teams.

Pre-Summit p/Policies to Support f2s Workshop - $25

  • Offered by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • www.carolinafarmstewards.org
  • The National Farm to School Network
  • http://www.farmtoschool.org/
  • Half Day, 1:00pm-4:30pm
  • at the NC Rural Center, 4021 Carya Dr, Raleigh
  • max 35
  • snacks only
  • From local purchases to education, farm to school has multiple benefits for kids, schools, and communities, but with layers of federal, state, and local policy, efforts can be daunting. Join this session to learn about policies that help determine what local food ends up feeding NC kids and develop strategies for educating and/or advocating to your Congressional delegates, state-level elected officials and your local school board to make the process of supporting farm to school easier at all levels of government.

Farm Field Trip to Black Cotton - $40

  • Offered by Julius Tillery at BlackCotton
  • www.blackcotton.us
  • Full day, 8:15am-4:30pm
  • max 30
  • Bus departs from Rural Center, 4021 Carya Dr, Raleigh
  • Includes Lunch at La Kitchen Delite
  • We’ll head first to Tillery Family Farm in Rich Square, NC where you’ll see cotton and soybean fields, the historical school house and cemetery, as well as the family garden. We’ll then stop for lunch at a local diner, La Kitchen Delite before heading to the BlackCottonUS office at old Garysburg Elementary School, now the Town Center. At the office you’ll see how cotton is processed and turned into product. Julius Tillery will share the story of why he started Black Cotton, his travels and research in developing his plan, and the impact of this farm on the community and region. He’ll also address how the context of this farm is part of what he shares with school groups coming to learn about both the production and the history of cotton farming in NC and the South.

Farm Field Trip to First Fruits - $25

  • Offered by Wisdom for Life
  • https://wisdomforlife.org/
  • Half day, 8am-1pm
  • max 45
  • Bus departs from Rural Center, 4021 Carya Dr, Raleigh, NC 27610
  • Snacks only provided
  • Jason Brown, a former NFL player, and his wife Tay work with school groups to “teach the life cycle of plants, how to plant a seed, the importance of the soil, and how to be good stewards of the land—all universal concepts that are important for every child to know and understand.” You’ll get a farm trolley tour of the whole farm, from garden to barnyard and hear how they work with school groups. Jason and Tay have been dedicated to donating produce for hunger relief, and will share their story and faith-based mission of the farm.

Farm Field Trip to Durham HUB Farm - $20

  • Offered by Durham Public Schools HUB Farm
  • https://www.thehubfarm.org/
  • Half Day, 10am-12pm
  • Max 30
  • Meet at site: Durham Public Schools Hub Farm
  • 117 Milton Road, Durham, NC 27712
  • by Durham Public Schools. The Hub Farm engages students, teachers, and the greater Durham community in environmental stewardship, health and nutrition, and career development.
  • The Hub Farm’s mission is to improve the academic achievement and well-being of students in Durham Public Schools through experiential outdoor learning. Come tour the Hub Farm’s 30 acre farm, forest and aquatic outdoor learning center, owned

Field Trip to NCSU Compost Learning Lab - free

  • Offered by NCSU Cooperative Extension and Wake County Cooperative Extension
  • https://composting.ces.ncsu.edu/
  • 4000 Chi Road, Raleigh
  • Half day, 9am-12pm
  • No max
  • Meet at site: NCSU Compost Learning Lab,
  • This education, research and demonstration site is the heart of the 1,500-acre Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory, with 26 types of backyard composting and vermicomposting units, both medium and small scale, and multiple areas for hands-on activities. A 40-ft by 30-ft Worm Barn houses a dozen types of worm bins ranging in size from household bins to a 40 square feet bed.

Early Care Center Field Trip to A Safe Place - $20

  • Offered by Kim Shaw
  • Facebook @ASafePlaceChildhoodEnrichmentCenters
  • Half day, 10am-11:30pm
  • Max 20
  • Meet at site: 1216 Cross Link Rd, Raleigh
  • Come visit a model farm to early care center to explore their farm to ECE work: garden & cooking education in the classroom, procurement and promotion efforts, healthy school food environment, food waste reduction through composting, hunger reduction efforts, and parent connections. The Director, Chef and teachers will share how they have made f2ECE happen, sharing out of successes and learned lessons, and the benefits and impacts of farm to early care and Education.

Millbrook Environmental Connections Magnet Elementary School Field Trip - $20

  • Offered by FoodCorps NC
  • https://www.facebook.com/ncfoodcorps/
  • Half day, 9am-12pm
  • Meet at 1520 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27609
  • Max 20
  • Optional lunch in the school cafeteria.
  • Join us at local elementary schools that are growing the Farm to School movement in their own playgrounds and courtyards. Farm to School is more than connecting our cafeterias to our farms, it is also the education of our students on the food system and its impact on the health of our mind, bodies, and planet. On this field trip, you will tour a local school garden and hear from the dedicated school staff about the impact these edible spaces have on their communities, and how FoodCorps is supporting their missions in Farm to School.

Farm Field Trip to Fresh-Pik/Deans Farm - $20

  • Offered by Fresh-Pik/Deans farm
  • https://deansfarmmarket.com/
  • Half day, 9:00-1:00
  • Bus departs from The NC Rural Center,
  • 4021 Carya Dr, Raleigh, NC 27610
  • Max 20
  • snacks only provided
  • Come meet the farmer who is a founding member and the current president of the NC Farm to School Cooperative, a farmer cooperative comprised of farmers across the state, who bid on the NCF2S contract. FreshPik sells produce across the US and into Canada but James Sharp also sells at Deans Farm Market in Wilson. Several years ago, the farm built a commercial kitchen and hired a chef. The chef now makes value-added products from the farm’s produce, including jams, sauces, dips and meal packages. Coordinated by Courtney Sharp, Deans Farm Market also hosts school field trips, holds summer camps for kids, is available for parties and has several events on the farm.
Tracey Bates, MPH, RDN, LDN, FAND

Tracey Bates, MPH, RDN, LDN, FAND

School Nutrition Specialist and Co-Chair of the Farm to School Coalition of NC
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Tracey Bates, MPH, RDN, LDN, FAND is a School Nutrition Specialist for School Nutrition Services with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In this role, she coordinates nutrition communications and outreach, develops educational materials and resources, supports healthy school environments, and provides professional development for School Nutrition personnel, educators and others working with school-age children and their families.Bates is currently co-chair for the Farm to School Coalition of North Carolina and serves on the advisory committee for FoodCorps NC and the Whole Child NC interagency committee. In addition, she serves on the steering committee and is a past chair for NC Action for Healthy Kids. Bates is a former House of Delegates Director and Board of Directors member for the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A Fellow of the Academy as well as a former delegate and past president for the North Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Bates received the Recognized Young Dietitian and Member of the Year awards.

Ronda Taylor Bullock

Ronda Taylor Bullock

Director, We Are
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Ronda Taylor Bullock is originally from Goldston, NC. In 2018, she earned her doctorate at UNC Chapel Hill in the Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement Program. Her research interests are critical race theory, whiteness studies, white children’s racial identity construction, and anti-racism. Prior to entering her doctoral program, Dr. Taylor Bullock taught English for almost ten years at Hillside High School in Durham, NC, where she now resides.

Dr. Taylor Bullock is the co-founder and executive director of we are, which stands for working to extend anti-racist education. As a non-profit, we are works to equip children, parents, and educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the complexity of racism. we are uses a three-pronged approach to dismantle systemic racism in education by offering summer camps for children in rising 1st-5th grade, workshops for parents, and professional development for educators.

Dr. Taylor Bullock is the wife of Dr. Daniel Kelvin Bullock and mother of son Zion and daughter Zaire.

James Sharp

James Sharp

Owner of Deans Farm Market
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As a child growing up on a tobacco farm, James Sharp started a garden, selling produce to the farm’s employees. At age 15 he named his company Fresh-Pik Produce. The next year, with driver’s license in hand, James began selling produce to a local grocer, Bailey Red and White, then Piggly Wiggly. From that garden Fresh-Pik Produce has grown to more than 350 acres of cantaloupe, watermelons, strawberries, cabbage, collards, field greens, romaine lettuce and other produce. James started selling produce to the public-school system through the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’sFarm to School (NCF2S) program. He is a founding member, and current president of the NC Farm to School Cooperative, comprised of farmers across the state, who bid on the NCF2S contract.

Janette Broda, MHS, RDN, LDN

Janette Broda, MHS, RDN, LDN

Director of School Nutrition, Asheville City Schools
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Janette Broda, MHS, RDN, LDN has served the School Nutrition program for seven and a half years. Janette started her School Nutrition career as Director of School Nutrition for Cherokee Central Schools on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Reservation. While in Cherokee, Janette connected with local, state and national partners to develop a farm to school program. Janette’s deepest interest was to incorporate good quality, scratch made, healthy meals for her students. Janette transitioned to Asheville City Schools and is currently serving as Director of School Nutrition. Janette’s goal is still the same, serve students good quality foods to enhance learning, performance, growth and development in the classroom and beyond. Janette supports locally grown products by purchasing from the state’s DOD program, NC Farm to School Program and purchasing locally from district produce vendor. Janette’s leadership roles include Board Chairman for the NC Procurement Alliance, serves on the NC Food Distribution Advisory Council, member of the Farm to School Coalition of NC and Advisory Council for the F2S NC AWARDS and School Nutrition Association. Janette resides in Waynesville, NC, with her husband Corey and two children, Oliver and Hannah.

Ruth McDowell, MS

Ruth McDowell, MS

School Nutrition Director for Edgecombe County Public Schools
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Ruth has worked in Child Nutrition for thirty -three years and has enjoyed every minute of it. She started her career as a Women Infant and Children (WIC) Nutritionist with the Washington County Health Department. Other work experience includes working for the NC Cooperative Extension Service as a 4-H Agent and also the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) coordinator. Because Ruth is committed to supporting Farm to School, she diverted commodity entitlement dollars to purchase locally grown produce from Department of Defense (DOD). She currently serves as the School Nutrition Director for Edgecombe County Public Schools. Ruth is an active member of the School Nutrition Association (SNA) and has served on the SNA Executive Board. She has also served on the NC Food Distribution Advisory Council and currently serves on the NC Procurement Alliance Board of Directors and the Farm to School Coalition of NC. Ruth received three USDA Best Practice awards and received the SNA 2018 Director of the Year award.

Linden Thayer, PhD

Linden Thayer, PhD

Director of Research & Innovation, Food Insight Group (FIG)
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Linden is passionate about community-based, food-as-social-justice work. She holds a PhD in Nutrition Intervention and Policy from UNC-Chapel Hill, and she relishes the opportunity to work across disciplines, social agendas, and geographies to build programs, policies, research, and connections that promote the health and wellbeing of communities. As a former Lunch Lady, she has a particular passion for supporting schools’, students’, and families’ efforts to grow school food systems that nurture community wellbeing from farm to school to child. She hopes that her work empowers others to take up food system causes in their own communities. She also hopes more people find time to dig in the dirt because dirt is awesome.

Kimberly Shaw

Kimberly Shaw

Owner and Operator of A Safe Place Child Enrichment Center
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Mrs. Kimberly Shaw is the owner and operator of A Safe Place (ASP). Mrs. Shaw started as a family child care home in August 1997 and the business has been growing ever since. Mrs. Shaw began childcare operations out of the family residence. One year after inception, the Shaw’s had to renovate and expand to their home to meet demand for the quality care she provided. The growth continued to include two full-time five stars, NAEYC accredited centers dedicated to quality childcare to families that would otherwise not be able to afford such. A Safe Place has NC pre-K classrooms and are community partners with Early Head Start providing activities that create opportunities for children to learn about themselves in a safe and healthy environment. ASP provides a loving atmosphere that supports the development of self-esteem and self-confidence, and provides good models and tools to be successful in life. These attitudes and philosophies for doing business have enabled A Safe Place to become the success it is today. ASP is located in a food desert and has continued to work to create access to fresh, healthy foods and activities for the community. This urban mini-farm is currently a POD (Preventing Obesity by Design), F2CC( Farm to Child Care), and Shape NC location in Wake County to teach the children and families involved about growing food, eating healthier, and maintaining active lives both at the school and at home.


Mrs. Shaw currently serves on the boards of Wake County Smart Start, Child Care Services Association.

In 2014 Mrs. Shaw received The Dorothy B. Graham Child Care Leadership Award.

In 2017, 2018 Served on the board of the Early Education Coalition.

In 2017, 2018, and 2019 Served as a Statewide Mentor for the Farm to Early Care and Education Initiative.

In 2015 and 2017 A Safe Place CEC Inc. received the City of Raleigh Urban Agriculture Award.

Jodi Riedel

Jodi Riedel

Agricultural Education and Family Consumer Science Teacher at Wakefield High School
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Jodi Riedel is a high school agricultural education and family consumer science teacher of 19 years at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, NC. She loves to write curriculum and get her hands dirty with people of all ages. Jodi helps to manage a greenhouse, gardens, goats, chickens, and quail at her school. She facilitates the Wakefield Garden Army ( a growing horticultural collaboration between the high school, middle school, and elementary) and the student agricultural leadership organization called the FFA. When not working, she enjoys mischief in her home garden with the her four children, ages 9, 3, 1, and 45 (her husband counts as another one of the children).

Amy M. Stanley

Amy M. Stanley

Director of School Nutrition Services for Bladen County Schools
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Amy Stanley resides in Whiteville with husband Jay and 3 children. She graduated from Mount Olive with a bachelor of science in business administrative management and organizational development. She began her career with Columbus County Schools over twenty years ago. She has been the Director of School Nutrition for Bladen County Schools for the past ten years. She is a member of the School Nutrition Association of North Carolina where she has held the position of District Director, Treasure, Vice President, President-Elect and President. As a member of the executive board for SNA NC she has traveled to Washington to discuss the importance of School Nutrition for the students in North Carolina and across the nation with legislators as well as participated in the Future Leaders program. She also sits on the southeast region advisory council for The Dairy Alliance. She is also a member of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with family and friends.

Reno Palombit

Reno Palombit

FCS Education Consultant
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Reno is a Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Education state administrator at the NC Department of Public Instruction where he manages Career and Technical Education courses such as, Food & Nutrition, Culinary Arts & Hospitality, and Food Science & Technology. Reno works to deliver relevant curriculum to over 125,000 students who take FCS courses annually, as well as supporting over 1,000 FCS teachers through professional development experiences and technical assistance to the field. He is passionate about preparing students for careers in food, nutrition, and culinary arts and helping to raise a generation of young people who are food literate.

Doug Vernon

Doug Vernon

Extension Assistant
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Doug Vernon is a retired agricultural education teacher. In his role with PHHI Extension, he connects PHHI with the community, especially through local schools and school gardens. He forges partnerships that help facilitate outreach program efforts. Vernon also coordinates Scientist for a Day, a unique experience where select students from Kannapolis City Schools spend a day at PHHI hearing from scientists and learning about STEM careers and research that is taking place at the Research Campus.

Gavin Fradel

Gavin Fradel

K-12 Science Consultant
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Gavin Fradel is a science consultant in the K-12 Standards, Curriculum and Instruction division at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Gavin obtained his Undergraduate teaching degree in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in science from East Carolina University. He taught 14 years in Middle Schools in central North Carolina. During this time, he has been recognized as a Young Teacher of the Year for his school and district, coached middle school boys and girls basketball, and has obtained his Masters Degree in Science Education from East Carolina University. At NCDPI, Gavin has delivered and continues to deliver professional development for teachers, principals and district leaders to increase understanding of the NC Standard Course of Study.

Quina Weber-Shirk

Quina Weber-Shirk

Extension Agent
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(Quina sounds like “KEE-na,” rhymes with Tina) Quina works to support a vibrant network of community and school gardens throughout Guilford County which contribute to a just and sustainable food system. She does this by coordinating educational programs for community and school gardeners, including garden site visits, technical assistance with garden start-up, community organizing, garden-based curriculum and activities, and year-round sustainable gardening practices. Quina believes that school gardens are living laboratories where gardeners of all ages learn by observing, doing, and interacting with each other.

Rochelle Sparko

Rochelle Sparko

Policy Director
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Originally from western Massachusetts, Rochelle now calls Durham, North Carolina home. Rochelle earned undergraduate degrees from Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary, as well as a law degree from Georgetown University. For nearly 10 years, Rochelle had a career as a lawyer and advocate for low-income people in Hawaii and North Carolina. In 2013, Rochelle joined the CFSA staff as the policy director. Since then, she has worked hard to ensure that policymakers hear about small- and mid-scale farms, organic farms, and regional food systems in the Carolinas. She’s committed to doing her best to bring clear and accurate information about policy changes to CFSA’s members and supporting members who are willing to serve their communities through advocacy.

Chloe Marshall

Chloe Marshall

Policy Specialist
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Chloe Marshall serves as the Policy Specialist for the National Farm to School Network, and is based in their Washington, D.C. office. She previously served as the Maryland Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator with Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C, where she represented the food bank on policy and budget issues locally and on Capitol Hill. She is also founder and co-chair of the Food Justice Coalition of 20743, a collaboration of residents, community organizations, and grassroots leaders who seek community-led solutions to local food equity issues. Chloe is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a degree in Culinary Nutrition.

Jason and Tay Brown

Jason and Tay Brown

Farmers
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Jason Brown, a former NFL player, says he and his wife Tay work with school groups to “teach the life cycle of plants, how to plant a seed, the importance of the soil, and how to be good stewards of the land—all universal concepts that are important for every child to know and understand.” At their farm, you’ll get a farm trolley tour of the whole farm, from garden to barnyard and hear how they work with school groups. Jason and Tay have been dedicated to donating produce for hunger relief, and will share their story and faith-based mission behind starting the farm.

Rhonda Sherman

Rhonda Sherman

Director of the Compost Learning Lab
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Rhonda Sherman is the director of the Compost Learning Lab and has been providing education and technical assistance on vermicomposting and composting at NC State University for 26 years. A leading authority on vermicomposting, she organizes an annual conference on large-scale vermicomposting that draws participants from all over the world. Rhondagives about 40 presentations annually, has conducted countless training courses and workshops, and has a variety of publications on composting and vermicomposting. Her new book is The Worm Farmer’s Handbook.

Amy Bowan

Amy Bowan

Extension Assistant
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Ms. Amy Bowman, is an Extension Associate in STEM Education with the N.C. Cooperative Extension component of PHHI. She develops and implements STEM-based instructional initiatives related to the research efforts by PHHI faculty. Initiatives include classroom modules, hands-on activity kits, web resources and handouts. She targets K-12 students by sharing resources with teachers, county Extension agents, home school groups and the general public. She coordinates training opportunities with fellow STEM educators to feature PHHI research and demonstrate seamless integration of PHHI resources into the curriculum. A 15-year veteran middle grades teacher, Bowman holds her National Board Certification in Math.

Liz Driscoll

Liz Driscoll

4-H Youth Specialist
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Heather Barnes

Heather Barnes

Marketing Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
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Heather Barnes is a Marketing Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She works with the NC Farm to School program and several agriculture commodities. She lives with her husband and three sons on their family farm in eastern NC.