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2016 Southeast Farm to School Conference

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2016 Southeast Farm to School Conference
September 23-24, 2016
TD Convention Center
Greenville, SC

Registration closed. Please call 828-236-1282 with any questions.

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Friday, September 23 – Pre-conference day with field trips to farm to school sites in upstate SC and a local foods reception.
Saturday, September 24 – Full day conference.

The field trips and reception will be an additional charge with limited capacity. View everything you need to know about the 2016 conference.

View the full agenda and workshop descriptions.

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Keynote Speaker: Donna S. Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND, President of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Martin is director of the Burke County, GA school nutrition program, which has 4,500 students in five schools, serving breakfast, lunch, after-school snacks, and supper. 

An active member of the Academy’s School Nutrition Services DPG, Martin was the group’s electronic communications chair and newsletter editor. She represented the Georgia Dietetic Association in the Academy’s House of Delegates; is a member of the School Nutrition Association Foundation’s board of directors; and served on the Georgia Department of Education’s Task Force on Nutrition Standards for School Nutrition Programs. She served as the Academy’s treasurer-elect in 2012-2013 and the Academy’s treasurer in 2013-2015. Martin will serve as the Academy’s President in 2017-2018. Martin is a graduate of the University of Georgia and earned a master’s degree from the University of Alabama – Birmingham and an education specialist degree from Augusta State University. Martin’s district was the first school district the First Lady visited outside the Washington, DC area to help plant a garden.

Farm to school programming connects classrooms, the cafeteria, and the community—helping children develop healthy relationships with food and enriching the overall educational experience for children and adults alike. The movement is growing, nationally and here in the southeast.

With more than 10 years of experience in farm to school training and programming, ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program offers a combination of creative ideas and practical applications for school environments. Our Farm to School Conference is designed to provide you—school staff and community members—the training and resources you need to implement successful farm to school programs.

This year’s Farm to School Conference will offer multiple workshop sessions geared specifically for teachers, early childhood educators, parents, community health professionals, and child nutrition staff. Join educators from across the southeast to strengthen existing programs and jump start new farm to school efforts in your community!

This year’s conference will feature workshops focused on six specialized tracks as well as networking opportunities and state meetings for individuals from NC, SC, GA, TN, KY, FL, MS, and AL. Each track will feature content for folks new to farm to school as well as those that want to improve their existing programs.

Please contact us with any questions about attending, or sponsoring the 2016 Southeast Farm to School Conference, or use the form below to sign up and receive updates.

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