- State Fellow: Sumer Ladd
- State Partner Supervisor: Kimberly Della Donna
For information on how to volunteer with FoodCorps in Georgia, please contact Sumer.
Why Serve in Georgia?
From the beautiful Georgia mountains, the academic center of Athens, to the bustling city of Atlanta, Georgia’s service sites offer unique opportunities to serve our state’s children, schools and farmers. With a long growing season, service members can grow and eat a variety of delicious local food with students year round. We love good food in the South, and preparing and eating good food is central to our community and family life.
Georgia has experienced a tremendous growth in farm to school in the last several years. Twenty-seven Georgia school districts have or are starting farm to school programs. State agencies and partner organizations participate in the Georgia Farm to School Alliance and work closely to advance farm to school programming, including hosting the annual Georgia Farm to School Summit. Service members will have the opportunity to engage stakeholders on the grassroots level, as well as interact with state leaders to affect change.
Georgia Organics believes that the most comprehensive programs incorporate the four C’s of farm to school: Cafeteria (buying, serving, and promoting local food), Classroom (learning using food, including in a school garden), Community (engaging farmers, parents, and others), and Culinary (students preparing, cooking, and tasting food). Service members will have opportunities to engage with students, farmers, teachers, and school and community leaders to help create community capacity to sustain programs for many years.
Georgia Organics connects organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families. The overarching goal of Georgia Organics is to create a true local food system that fosters small sustainable farms, provides access to fresh, whole foods to all communities, and ultimately improves the health of Georgia’s environment, its citizens, and its economy. We established Georgia’s farm to school program in 2007, and oversee workshops for teachers, farmers, and parents and build the infrastructure needed to grow edible school gardens, local food procurement and food education the PreK-12 environment.
Georgia Organics works closely with school district leaders and statewide partners and agencies to grow these programs at the grassroots community level, as well as at the “grasstops.” Georgia Organics serves as the National Farm to School Network’s State Lead for Georgia.