Growing Racial Equity & Food Justice With School Gardens

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Growing Racial Equity & Food Justice With School Gardens
April 20, 3-4pm ET
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Hosted by National Farm to School Network

April is National Garden Month ? School gardens are an integral part of farm to school and offer meaningful opportunities to engage youth in both learning about and contributing to racial equity and justice in the food system. Join National Farm to School Network on Tuesday, April 20 at 3pm ET for a Coffee Chat conversation on Facebook Live with Krystal Oriadha (National Farm to School Network, Senior Director of Programs & Policy) joined by special guests Betti Wiggins (Houston Independent School District, Officer of Nutrition Services) and Dorothy Grady-Scarbrough (Mississippi Farm to School Network Co-Director and Founder of Mississippians Engaged in Greener Agriculture) to hear their experiences, ideas, and visions for how gardening with youth can advance racial equity and food sovereignty in our communities. RSVP on Facebook to join us live or to watch the recording later.

Betti Wiggins is Officer of Nutrition Services for Houston Independent School District, the nation’s seventh-largest school district. She is responsible for managing and implementing all of the district’s school nutrition programs that serve more than 280,000 nutritious meals to students at 287 schools every day. Before moving to Houston, Betti led food services for Detroit Public Schools, where she started 76 school gardens and a 4.5-acre school farm, where students grew fresh produce for the district’s food program.

Dorothy Grady-Scarbrough is the Co-Director of the Mississippi Farm to School Network and founder of Mississippians Engaged in Greener Agriculture. She has more than 40 years of experience as a farmer in the Delta, and maintains a demonstration farm in Shelby, Miss., where she hires and trains local youth to grow, harvest, store and cook fresh fruits and vegetables. She has facilitated the creation of more than 125 school gardens and helps school districts throughout the state to procure locally-produced food.
National Farm to School Network is rooted in the vision of a just food system for all. We work to make this vision a reality through farm to school – the ways kids eat, grow and learn about food in schools and early care and education settings. Watch our past Coffee Chat conversations on topics including racial healing with Brandy Brooksending food apartheid with Qiana Mickie, and black youth and agriculture with Hanifa Adjuman on our YouTube page

Event Properties

Event Date 4/20/2021 3:00 pm ET
Individual Price Free