Cultivating Change and Connection: Reflecting on the FOLCS Kindred Gathering
Since 2015, Groton has partnered with FoodCorps to bring food education into the district’s schools. Now, they aim to fund their own farm-to-school and food education programming.
During this season of giving thanks, I sat down with FoodCorps New Jersey alum, Lexi Mestas, who served with Cooper’s Ferry Partnership in Camden, New Jersey, and who worked closely with various community partners as part of the Campbell’s Healthy Communities Partnership.
November is Native American Heritage Month, and at FoodCorps, we think this is an especially great time to highlight the inspiring work happening in the many Native and Indigenous communities in which we serve. You’ll hear from FoodCorps service members and alumni who are connecting kids back to the food cultures of their communities.
“We owe Food Corps service member Andrea Richard and culinary manager Donisha Harrison a big thank you for spearheading the farm-to-school efforts throughout the district,” Culver said. “From school gardens to partnering with groups such as Atlanta United, they’ve gone above and beyond to introduce our students, parents, and teachers to the benefits of healthy eating.”
This month’s update is all about how the midterms will influence our policy goals, including the farm bill and the movement to eliminate taxation on the AmeriCorps Education Award.
Ali Mediate is the founder of Maine Foodscapes, a group of entrepreneurs and volunteers aiming to educate on local foods while enabling Mainers to start growing on their own
“In the Killip Garden, we try to make an effort to grow culturally relevant foods, so making sure we’re growing a variety of Navajo blue corn or other types of blue corn, having a salsa garden…that’s something we’ve wanted to continue to work on,” Logan said. “It’s a priority.”