GFB Prepares Members To Teach Ag Literacy
By: GFB News
3/21/2013 8:46:59 AM
About 250 county Farm Bureau volunteers and staff attending the Georgia Farm Bureau Educational/Leadership Conference March 15-16 in Macon got a crash course in teaching students about agriculture and eating healthy.
GFB Women's Leadership Committee Chairman Nanette Bryan announced that beginning July 1 the organization will launch a comprehensive program to promote locally grown food, GFB's Certified Farm Markets and proper nutrition habits as recommended by the USDA Choose My Plate program rather than promoting one Georgia commodity as GFB has previously done. "My Plate is Georgia Grown," is the theme of the promotion for the 2013-2014 school year.
The change in promotion strategy is designed to take advantage of consumers' increased interest in where their food comes from and the growing effort to fight childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes. The new promotion strategy is intended to complement the Georgia Department of Agriculture's (GDA) Feed My School for a Week and the USDA's Farm to School programs.
Numerous speakers led workshops designed to show GFB volunteers how they can teach students about the basics of agriculture while promoting healthy eating habits. GDA Nutrition Educator & Outreach Specialist Melanie Harris and GFB Commodity Specialist Brandon Ashley taught conference attendees to make snacks promoting vegetables and Georgia commodities. The kid-friendly recipes included Veggie Man, a skeleton constructed of raw vegetables with a bowl of ranch dressing for the head; "sushi" rolls made from wheat bread, peanut butter and jelly; and apple "snakes."
Crawford County teachers Andrea Seagraves and Amy Hill discussed curriculum they developed for their kindergarten class based on agriculture and their weekly Farm Fridays.
Bleckley County third grade science teachers Christy Jones and Tanya Rogers shared how they plant a school garden and use it to teach according to Georgia Performance Standards.
UGA Extension Agents Edda Cotto-Rivera and Cindee Sweda discussed teaching kids which Georgia commodities can help meet the recommended daily intake of the five food groups USDA Choose My Plate advocates.
GFB Women's Committee members Elaine Avery and Angela Todd discussed resources available through USDA Choose My Plate such as Supertracker, a calorie tracker with a listing of 8,000 food items that helps consumers keep a daily tally of their food consumption, and daily nutrition tips sent via email. Todd urged attendees to watch their portion sizes to control their weight.
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