Farm to School

first_imgIt may not use the fanciest place settings or offer wine pairings, but the best farm-to-plate eatery in Warren County, Georgia, is — by far — the school cafeteria.The best part is that all the entrees are reasonably priced and there are no reservations required.Over the last four years, Scott Richardson, director of food and nutrition for Warren County Schools, has worked with Warren County farmers, school administrators, lunchroom staff and local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents to integrate local produce and meat into the school nutrition programs.The result of this multipronged approach to feeding a school has helped to connect Warren County’s 620 students to their community’s agricultural backbone while giving local farmers access to a new local market. It has also given the students — especially middle- and high-school students — a sense of the importance of providing themselves and their younger classmates with healthy and delicious food.“Learning how to be good stewards of the land, practicing environmental sustainability and learning the nutritional value of eating fresh, locally grown and harvested foods is something unique to the educational curriculum in Warren County,” said Richardson, who also serves as the career, technical and agricultural education director for Warren County Schools.After four years building their farm-to-school program, the Warren County school community celebrated a banner year in 2018-2019. Georgia Organics recognized the school system with a Golden Radish Award for excellence in organic production methods and the inaugural Outstanding Extension Farm-to-School Program Award from Golden Radish partner University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.Warren County, which is home to about 5,250 Georgians, only has one school campus for kindergarten through 12th grade. That campus served about 640 students this past school year.The school system’s small footprint allows older students in agriculture classes to produce enough food to supply the cafeteria with local vegetables on a regular basis, Richardson said. Students work with agriculture teacher Peggy Lynn Armstrong to grow leafy greens in the school greenhouses during the winter and harvest from a 1-acre garden plot during the spring and fall.Last year, agriculture classes planted muscadine vines in their garden and installed a waste-saving drip irrigation system for the grape plants and garden plot. This year, students helped put in a nine-tree orchard consisting of three varieties of pear, fig and nectarine trees. When there haven’t been enough veggies in the school garden to supply the cafeteria, Richardson has worked with County Extension Coordinator Tammy Cheely to source locally grown produce from Warren County farmers.In addition to serving students school-grown produce three times a week, last fall the school system began partnering with local farmers to serve locally raised beef.“I always tell the farmers that I work with that they are all in this together and whatever is good for one of them is good for all of them. I think this locally grown beef effort is a perfect example of that,” Cheely said.Jeff Kent of Kent Countyline Cattle worked with two other producers — Big Woods Ranch and White Creek Cattle — to supply 2,300 pounds of U.S. Department of Agriculture-inspected ground beef to the school. It has been used in everything from hamburgers to spaghetti sauce to tacos, and the students notice the difference in quality when it’s being served, Cheely said.Working to supply the school system allowed Kent and his partners to test the local market, and now the farmers are expanding into direct-to-consumer beef sales as well.“In beef cattle, the margins are small,” Kent said. “We make more money selling meat than we do selling a cow on the hoof. This way we know we’re feeding (local kids) beef that was raised the way we think it should be raised.”Working to bring community partners — farmers, the school system, parents and students — together to improve the lives of school children in Warren County is a goal of UGA Extension in all of the state’s counties.“Partnerships multiply our efforts,” Cheely said. “We always accomplish more together.”In the coming years, Richardson hopes to expand the school system’s traditional agricultural education to sixth through eighth grades and add fruit trees to the school’s property.“When other schools look at Warren County, I think they can learn a lot about being efficient with school garden plans,” said Becky Griffin, school garden outreach coordinator for UGA Extension and Golden Radish board member. “They are putting food on the table for students during the lunch period, not just taste testing. Warren County shows that it’s a doable system. You can actually supply your lunchroom from the garden.”Across the state, there are about 1,000 school gardens and hundreds of farm-to-school programs. The growth of these programs is a testament to their impact on students’ diets and their understanding of the natural world, Griffin said.For more information about the school and community programs offered through UGA Extension, visit the Center for Urban Agriculture.last_img read more

Man City into first final of Guardiola era

first_imgBut he made light of a tight angle by letting fly with a shot into the top corner from 18 yards out.It would have been easy for Bristol City to be overwhelmed from then on in but, to their credit, it was the southwest side who scored next, in the 64th minute.John Stones made a mess of a clearance and when it came back into the box, Pack guided a well-directed header across Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and into the top corner.Flint turned in a header late on to give Bristol City fans hope of extra time but, pressing for that goal, their side were wide-open to a counter-attack, with Sane cutting the ball back for De Bruyne to fire home.Share on: WhatsApp They kicked off with a narrow advantage at Ashton Gate after a 2-1 first-leg win at the Etihad Stadium.But goals either side of half-time from Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero effectively saw Manchester City to a win on Tuesday and success over over the two legs as they reached their first final under former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Guardiola.Bristol City were undaunted, however, with Marlon Pack pulling a goal back in the 64th minute before Aden Flint scored deep into stoppage time.However, there was still time for Kevin De Bruyne to round off the scoring for Manchester City.Guardiola’s men will now face the winners of Wednesday’s Emirates Stadium semi-final between their Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley on February 25, with the two London clubs deadlocked at 0-0 after a first-leg stalemate.“We are so happy to be there, to reach this final,” Guardiola, whose debut season as City boss last term saw him end a campaign without a trophy for the first time in his managerial career, told Sky Sports.“We played an amazing game until 2-0 and then we lost control, these type of games never end until the end.“This is a lesson for next weekend in Cardiff in the FA Cup and especially for the Champions League,” the Spaniard warned.– ‘Judged on trophies’ –“At 2-0 we knew it would be easier because they needed three or four goals but with one minute left it was 2-2 and anything could happen.”Guardiola played down the personal importance of reaching a Wembley final, saying: “It’s not for me, it’s for Manchester City, a club who are trying to reach another level. “I know that we will be judged by trophies we win but we are so happy,” he insisted. “Nobody can take away what we have done, but Chelsea or Arsenal are strong teams.”Meanwhile Pack summed up the mood of the home side by saying: I’m proud of the boys and proud to be part of this team. Hopefully we can take this into the league now and keep it going.”It looked as if Bristol City would deny Manchester City a goal in the first half of Tuesday’s match.But three minutes before the break, Hordur Magnusson made the mistake of trying to shepherd the ball out of play rather than clearing and was dispossessed near the byline by Bernardo Silva.His cross was fired in by Sane and left Bristol City, chasing promotion to the lucrative Premier League, with a mountain to climb.Four minutes after the re-start Aguero, Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer, seemed to put the result of the tie beyond doubt.The Argentina striker, fresh from a hat-trick in a 3-1 league win over Newcastle United last weekend, still had plenty to do following De Bruyne’s cross-field ball.center_img Bristol, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola saw his Manchester City side pushed hard before defeating second-tier Bristol City in an entertaining League Cup semi-final on Tuesday to leave him one game away from winning his first major trophy in English football.Guardiola’s runaway Premier League leaders, eyeing an unprecedented season quadruple given they also remain involved in both the FA Cup and Champions League, won 3-2 on the night for a 5-3 aggregate win over the Championship side.last_img read more

Boca Juniors arrive in Madrid to end Copa saga

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP |  Boca Juniors landed in Spain on Wednesday as they prepare to end the long-running Copa Libertadores final saga over two weeks after a fan assault threw the fixture into doubt.Boca players were greeted by an army of fans outside their hotel in Madrid as they prepare to finally dispute the second leg of the final against arch-rivals River Plate on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, with the scores level at 2-2 after the first match at Boca’s La Bombanera ground almost a month ago.The match has been delayed ever since River fans attacked the Boca team bus hours before the match was supposed to take place at River’s El Monumental stadium on November 24.River jetted off from Buenos Aires on Wednesday afternoon, with Boca already in the Spanish capital in order to contest the decisive leg of the biggest match in Argentine football history at a venue at which they had both initially refused to play.Over the weekend River joined Boca in saying that it was “incomprehensible” that the game had been moved to Spain, insisting that the club bore no responsibility for the “faults in the security operation” for the high profile fixture in Buenos Aires.On Tuesday Boca hero Juan Roman Riquelme slammed the decision to move the match away from Buenos Aires to Spain, saying that it would make one of the world’s fiercest derbies “the most expensive friendly in history”.“The final is losing a bit of its magic,” Cristian Farfalla, a young Boca Juniors supporter who made the transatlantic trip from Argentina, told AFP. “Honestly, I would have preferred the game to be played over there (in Argentina). But on the other side, I have the chance to be able to come and see it, which I wouldn’t normally have been able to do.”On Monday the two clubs each put 5,000 tickets on sale to supporters in Argentina at 3,600 pesos (84 euros), or a quarter of the average monthly Argentine salary.Meanwhile in Spain 20,000 tickets were put on sale for Boca fans outside Argentina on Tuesday, and a source close to the match organisers told AFP that the same number of tickets would go on sale to River supporters who live abroad.last_img read more

Gov. DeSantis Gives Coronavirus Update at Orlando Hair Salon

first_imgHe continued, We’re adding Sarasota/Bradenton drive-thru site, Naples/Fort Myers drive-thru site, and then a hybrid drive-thru and walk-up site at the Miami Beach Convention Center. So you’re actually going to have more opportunities if you want to test, because we just feel — if you’re putting people back to work and maybe a worker has some symptoms, they’re hopefully in these communities — an easy way to do it.”DeSantis spoke with hair stylists at the OhSoooJazzy Hair Salon in Orlando, telling them that haircuts and manicures could soon return if barber shops and salons use safety measures.Among the ideas to make that happen are barbers and clients wearing gloves and masks, closing waiting areas, and having clients stay in their cars until they receive a text message to come in.“I am confident that it’s not just a matter of ‘if,’ (it’s) just a matter of ‘when,’ but we’ve got to make sure it is safe and sound,” said DeSantis.He did not indicate whether salons would be allowed to reopen everywhere in Florida or if they would be limited to areas outside the virus’ epicenter of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, which makes up about 60 percent of the state’s cases and deaths.DeSantis announced last week that the state will reopen Monday, May 4, with the exception of heavily-hit Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.At least 1,364 Florida residents have died from COVID-19, as of Saturday.Palm Beach County: 3,080 cases-195 deaths-Men: 1,516, Women: 1,502-474 hospitalizationsBroward County: 5,257 cases-204 deaths-Men: 2,605, Women: 2,522-1,044 hospitalizationsMiami-Dade County: 12,632 cases-367 deaths-Men: 6,506, Women: 5,971-1,651 hospitalizations Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday discussed Florida’s efforts to battle the coronavirus at a hair salon in Orlando.“As of last night, Florida had 581 COVID patients in the ICU statewide,” he said. “That’s the lowest we’ve had in a month, and for a state of almost 22 million people, that’s obviously a very, very small number of patients.”DeSantis also talked about the increase of testing availability in the state.“We’ve tested almost 420,000 people now in the state of Florida,” he said. “We have the seven drive-thru sites that have been operating for a while, including the one in the Orange County Convention Center, but we’re adding Pensacola, which had a soft open yesterday, large open today.”last_img read more

YWCA of Olympia Announces 2014 Business of Achievement

first_imgFacebook35Tweet0Pin0Submitted by YMCA of Olympia Three Girls Media CEO, Erika Taylor Montgomery.According to the Shriver Report, two out of three households depend on the wages of working moms. However, childcare is expensive and can be hard to find for some women. Many workers have limited or no sick or maternity leave.  Some women use restroom stalls to breastfeed their infants.  The facts are sobering, but some businesses are stepping in and stepping up to remove these barriers and create family-friendly workplaces that support and empower women and families.Three Girls Media works hard to create an environment that supports working parents, which is why it was selected as the 2014 YWCA of Olympia Business of Achievement.  Three Girls Media is an award-winning boutique Public Relations & Social Media Management Agency located in Olympia, WA. The firm works with clients worldwide to help them raise their brand awareness and name recognition through both traditional and digital public relations tactics. “This business is very empowering for women! Noteworthy benefits include extremely flexible schedules, family leave, telecommuting, and even Costco memberships.”“The business doesn’t just talk about families being first…they live it! Whether that means office dogs barking occasionally or kids at staff meetings, each member of the team is encouraged to make whatever scheduling allowances are needed to ensure the health and welfare of their families and themselves.”While providing excellent service and dedication to their customers, Three Girls Media emphasizes a healthy work/life balance, allowing employees to make their own schedules. This enables employees to avoid prohibitive day care costs, obtain advanced education, and be involved in nonprofit and school-based volunteer opportunities.“We are proud to honor Three Girls Media as our inaugural Business of Achievement.” says YWCA executive director Hillary Soens. “They exemplify the YWCA’s goal to support the economic and social advancement of women each and every day in their business practices.”“I’m so humbled and honored by this award! When I started Three Girls Media nine years ago it was incredibly important to me to have a business model that honored putting families and my team’s personal lives first. To be recognized for something that is a core belief and practice of mine and my business is truly fantastic!” stated Erika Taylor Montgomery, Three Girls Media Founder & CEO.A Business of Achievement biography is available on the YWCA of Olympia website.The 20th Annual Women of Achievement Gala, presented by Titus Will, will take place on Thursday, November 6th from 5:30pm – 8:45pm at the Red Lion Hotel Forest Ballroom. The event is open to the public and tickets ($80) will be available by contacting the YWCA of Olympia at 352-0593 or online at www.ywcaofolympia.org under Events or Donate. Once again Titus-Will Cars will serve as the Women of Achievement Gala Presenting Sponsor, with WSECU and Lucky Eagle as the Gala Sustaining Sponsors.For more information about the Women of Achievement Gala or for media inquiries, please contact Cherie Reeves Sperr, Special Events & Communications Director at 352-0593 or [email protected]last_img read more