Georgia Ag Department Educates on Food and Farming

Georgia Ag Department Educates on Food and Farming


DOESN’T HE. AND IT JUST SO HAPPENS WE HAVE
HIM HERE IN STUDIO WITH US THIS WEEK ALONG WITH MISTY FRIEDMAN, WHO IS THE SCHOOL NUTRITION
AND OUTREACH SPECIALIST FOR THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. MISTY GOOD TO SEE YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING IN TODAY. [Misty]
How are you doing today? [Ray]
Georgie. I know Georgie does not talk so we will just
shake his paw. Georgie thank you for coming in. But yeah, Misty, let’s go ahead and start
with the Georgia Grown’s Feed My School program. I mean you have a lot of good things going
on with this right now. Give us some background on the program. How has the Department of Ag worked with these
schools to make this and have schools give you feedback for this. [Misty Friedman – School Nutrition and Outreach
Specialist, G.D.A] This is our sixth school year with Feed My
School for a week. And every year we add between three and five
school systems that we go in and work with. And they, these school nutrition directors
are making menus that are 75-100% Georgia products. In most cases it is 100% for an entire school
week of school lunches. And It just really brings the focus to the
local communities, what’s being produced there, and really agriculture as a whole across the
state with it being our largest industry in all. [Ray]
Yeah. And of course, another thing we hear so much
about and something Commissioner Gary Black is very passionate about is the 2020 Vision
program. And we’re not talking about perfect eyesight. It’s more like the perfect nutrition program. Talk about that. [Misty]
The 2020 vision for school nutrition is that by the beginning of school year 2020, 20%
of every meal offered to a student in the state of Georgia will be a Georgia product. This is actually foods grown and processed
here in the state. [Ray]
Right, and, and, and we saw Georgie out there that day running through the fields. Again, Georgie is very smart, but Georgie
cannot, he still has not learned how to talk. He can communicate though. But, what did he learn that day going around
the state of Georgia dealing with the school children and dealing with Georgia agriculture? [Misty]
Well, his first thought was you know, looking at his lunch tray that day, “How did this
peach get on my tray?” [Ray]
Right [Misty]
And so we decided to go out and we visited farms from North Georgia to South Georgia
growing everything from peaches to cucumbers. And we really got a chance to see how it’s
grown, how it’s processed, how it’s packaged, and how it’s delivered to the school, and
then how it actually ended up on his lunch tray. [Ray]
Wow [Misty]
And so he followed it from the beginning to the end. Literally from farm to fork. [Ray]
Yeah and I’m sure there’s a lot of administrators out there maybe possibly watching this and
possibly interested in this. How can schools reach out to either the Georgia
Department of Agriculture or yourself in getting involved in this program? [Misty]
If they visit our website, FeedMySchool.org, on there are recipes that are tested and in
quantity for school nutrition programs to use across the state. All of our things that are on the website,
everything is free. There’s also a For the Classroom section. And those are things that we’ve developed
for teachers to use as tools in their classrooms where they can use Georgia agriculture as
a basis of just about any kind of lesson that they’re going to be teaching. [Ray]
Right. Well it goes without saying, you are doing
a phenomenal job with this. [Misty]
Thank you. [Ray]
Thank you so much for coming in. And Georgie, again, we love having you in
here. High paw. High paw. Good man. Yeah, alright.

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