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Decatur Farm to School

DF2S April 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decatur Farm to School (DF2S) is a Wylde Center program  that works to improve nutrition, knowledge of where food comes from, hands-on outdoor education, environmental awareness, and appetite for fresh fruits and veggies by leading efforts in the classrooms, cafeterias, communities, and gardens of the City Schools of Decatur. The DF2S committee is led by parents, teachers, community members, Wylde staff members and has been active since 2010.

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Decatur Farm to School

Dear Decatur Farm to School Volunteers,

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Decatur Farm to School program. Decatur Farm to School (DF2S), a Wylde Center program is a grassroots effort to connect City Schools of Decatur with local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in their cafeterias, improving student nutrition, and providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime. DF2S activities take place in the cafeteria, in the classroom and in the garden. Volunteer opportunities include helping with taste tests, organizing volunteers, Dine-Outs, communications, the mini-grant program, and more!

Below you will see listed several sub-committees. We are looking for folks who are interested in serving as chairs, as sub-committee members, and as general volunteers who are willing to give a few hours on the day of an event.

Again, thank you for your interest. Please contact volunteer@wyldecenter.org to let us know which committee or activity you are interested in.

Committee meetings are held the 4th Monday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Wylde Center office located at 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA  30030.  Chairs of each subcommittee are required to attend.

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1. Executive Circle - 1 person to fill each slot.
PURPOSE: To serve as the Executive Circle for the Decatur Farm to School activities.
TASKS: Attend monthly meetings and fulfill the strategic goals of the committee.
TIME COMMITMENT: 1 hour per month in addition to the monthly meeting
ROLES:
Chair(FULL) – creates agenda for meeting, communicates with committee chairs, works with committee to recruit new members each fall
Chair-elect (OPEN) – “learn the ropes” with current chair of the committee. Expectation is that chair-elect will serve as chair the following school year.
Secretary (FULL) – take minutes, work with the chair to set up the agenda, manage online document storage, website updates
Treasurer (FULL)- report on income/expense at each meeting; develop budget for following year
Board Liaison (FULL)- Wylde Center Board members attend monthly DF2S committee meetings sharing updates between the two.

2. General Volunteer
PURPOSE: To support the activities of DF2S.
TASK: Volunteers may help with dine-outs, taste tests, and any other DF2S activity on an as needed basis.
TIME COMMITMENT: Depends on the activity
*****Please contact volunteer@wyldecenter.org if you are interested in being notified when volunteers are needed for projects.

3. Volunteer Coordinator – Immediate Need to Fill
PURPOSE: To support DF2S activities by communicating with and procuring volunteers.
TASKS: Responsibilities include contacting the active DF2S volunteer base when needed for a DF2S related activity; communicate with the Wylde Center volunteer coordinator to list opportunities; manage volunteers for DF2S activities; create communication blurbs to be sent to all of the schools.
TIME COMMITMENT: 1 hour per month in addition to attending the monthly DF2S committee meeting
ROLES:
Chair (OPEN): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the Volunteer Committee.

4. Fall Dine-Out
PURPOSE: The fall Dine-Out raises important funds that supports the efforts of the DF2S committee. Multiple Decatur restaurants participate in this event donating a portion of their proceeds to the program.
TASKS: Responsibilities include:

● Recruit and communicate with participating restaurants;
● Plan day of logistics / set-up & break-down
● Secure and distribute raffle donations
TIME COMMITMENT: 5 hours per month for two months in addition to attending the monthly committee meeting
ROLES:
Chair (FULL): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the Dine-Out Committee.
Fall Dine- Out Committee (OPEN): Participate in the planning leading up to the event.
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5. Mini-Grants
PURPOSE: The DF2S committee sets aside funds each year for a mini-grant program supporting both teachers, school grounds committees, and the nutrition staff.
TASKS: Committee will oversee distribution of funds for the School Grant Program, Georgia Organics’ Conference F2S Summit, School Raffle Donation, and Nutrition Donation.
TIME COMMITMENT: 1 hour per month
ROLES:
Chair (OPEN): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Lead the efforts of the Mini-Grants Committee.
Mini-Grants Committee (OPEN): Support the activities of the committee

6. Communications
PURPOSE:To share with the community the accomplishments of the Farm to School work being done in our school system. This is done through printed materials and online postings.
TASKS: Responsibilities include posting updates to social media, communicating with schools to include DF2S blurbs in their newsletters (i.e. events, tshirts, updates), website updates; work with Dine-Out lead to promote the fundraiser; manage and produce the DF2S newsletter (3x per year) and other promotional materials.
TIME COMMITMENT: Varies based on project.
ROLES:
Chair (FULL): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate with the Wylde Center Board Communication Committee Chair. Lead the efforts of the Communications Committee.
Communications Committee (OPEN): Support the activities of the Communication committee.

7. School Liaison
PURPOSE: School liaisons are representatives from each school that facilitate communication between the school and the DF2S committee. Ideally, the liaison either works at the school or has a child at that school.
TASKS: Responsibilities include contacting the school when introductions need to be made or when DF2S newsletter wants to spotlight the school for F2S activities. Newsletter editor will reach out to the liaisons for which schools are up next for highlighting. Liaisons are expected to write up the short spotlight. Liaisons also coordinate volunteers for their school during the taste tests and specific DF2S events held at that school.
TIME COMMITMENT: 1 hour per month.
ROLES:
Chair (FULL): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the school liaisons.
School Liaison Committee: 1 person is needed per school. (FULL)

8. Spring Dine-Out

PURPOSE: The Spring Dine-Out raises important funds that support the efforts of the DF2S committee. Multiple Decatur restaurants participate in this event donating a portion of their proceeds to the program.
TASKS: Responsibilities include:
● Recruit and communicate with participating restaurants;
● Plan day of logistics / set-up & break-down
● Secure and distribute raffle donations
TIME COMMITMENT: 5 hours per month for two months in addition to attending the monthly committee meeting
ROLES:
Chair (OPEN): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the Dine-Out Committee.
Spring Dine-Out Committee: Participate in the planning leading up to the event.

9. Merchandise
PURPOSE: DF2S has been selling t-shirts for several years that are fun to wear and raise awareness at the same time.
TASKS: Responsibilities include managing inventory, ordering stock, coordinating bi-annual system-wide t-shirt orders
TIME COMMITMENT: 1 hour per month
ROLES:
Chair (OPEN): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the Volunteer Committee.
Merchandise Committee (OPEN): Support the efforts of the Merchandise committee.

10. Taste Test
PURPOSE: Each semester the Wylde Center education staff choose a vegetable that will be grown in school garden and sampled during the taste test. This is multilevel program that involves sowing out seeds, harvesting, preparing, serving, and collecting data.
TASKS: Work with the Wylde Center Farm to School Manager to plan and implement the taste test.
TIME COMMITMENT: 2 hours per month
ROLES:
Chair (OPEN): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the Internship Committee and the Farm to School Manager.
Taste Test Committee (OPEN): Support the work of the taste test.

11. DHS F2S Internship
PURPOSE: The DF2S created the internships as a way to provide a Farm to School opportunity for Decatur High School students. Each summer, 3 DHS students intern at farms, restaurants, and farmers market to get a true sense of Farm to Table. They each receive a $500 stipend for the hours given over a 6-week period.
TASKS: Committee will work with the Farm to School Manager to advertise for and select the summer interns. Summer interns work for 6 weeks during the summer at a farm, restaurant, market.
ROLES:
Chair(OPEN): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the Internship Committee and the Farm to School Manager.
Internship Committee (OPEN): Support the work of the committee including serving as points of contact during the internship period.

12. DF2S Special Event
PURPOSE: The DF2S committee would like to add an additional event to its calendar to fulfill the dual purpose of raising awareness and raising funds.
TASKS: To imagine and plan an event.
TIME COMMITMENT: Varies based on the type of event.
ROLES:
Chair (OPEN): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the Special Event committee.
Special Event Committee (OPEN): Support the work of the committee.

Again, thank you for your interest. If you have any questions, please contact volunteer@wyldecenter.org.

Farm to School Spring Dine-Out

The Wylde Center’s Decatur Farm to School Spring Dine Out is set for Wednesday, April 15th, from 5-9 pm, and our list is even bigger and better this year! Dine in or take out from any participating restaurant and a portion of your purchase will go towards Decatur Farm to School.  This event is a great community effort that supports the City Schools of Decatur’s healthy eating initiatives. Don’t forget to purchase raffle tickets at the restaurants for some great prizes. Thank you for your support!
Restaurants include:

Brick Store Pub

Cakes & Ale

Farm Burger

Lawrence’s Cafe

Leon’s Full Service

Makan

Mojo Pizza n’ Pub

Oakhurst Market

Raging Burrito

Sapori di Napoli

Seven Hens

Steinbeck’s Ale House

Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards

The Iberian Pig

The Imperial

Universal Joint

Wahoo! Grill

 

Thank you for your support!

Summer Internship

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Calling all Decatur High School students!

Do you want to learn more about growing organic foods and getting them to the table?  Want to spend your summer gaining first hand experience in culinary, business, agriculture, or other related industries?  

Decatur Farm to School invites eligible students from Decatur High School to apply for the 2014 Decatur Farm to School Summer Internship Grant.  

You’ll work with local farmers, chefs, restaurant managers, and market managers as you learn what it takes to grow, sell, procure, and prepare fresh produce and other foods.  In addition to training in Farm to School concepts, grantees will work at two locations during the summer to gain exposure to both the agricultural and consumer sides of Farm to Table.  Internship hosts include Farm Burger, Leon’s Full Service and Brickstore Pub, Love is Love Farms, Global Growers Network, the Farmers Market Consortium, and the Wylde Center.

What’s in it for you?  Farm to Table training, hands-on experience at local farms, restaurants, and markets, and a $500 grant.  All you have to do is work with your mentors for 60 hours, then tell the world what you did.

Don’t wait – apply today!  Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2014.

 

 

Teacher Training

Thinking about planting an edible garden at your school?  Have a school garden and don’t know how to care for it, or even what’s in it?  Want to use the garden as part of your curriculum, but don’t know how?

Let the garden and education experts from the Wylde Center teach you what to do!

Our one-day training courses for educators open up the eyes and minds of teachers and staff to see edible school gardens as a versatile, hands-on teaching tool – and give them the skills to use this green resource, too.  Whether Language Arts or Math, Science or History, Agriculture or Art, school gardens are fertile ground for lessons and learning across all grade levels.

Decatur Farm to School’s professional development workshops take educators in the City Schools of Decatur to the basics of Farm to School to having the tools to develop and implement their own lessons.  Workshops will recommence in Fall 2014.

 

Not in City Schools of Decatur, but still want Farm to School teacher trainings at your school? 

Lesson Plan Support

Coming Soon!

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