Prior to joining FoodCorps and serving her home county in Calaveras, Emily Metzger received a BA in Elementary Education at Westmont College and then spent a 2 year stint traveling across the nation working on organic farms. Now as a FoodCorps service member, Emily is teaching classes at elementary schools in Calaveras and supporting FFA at the local high school while also simultaneously supporting her family farm. Read on to learn how Emily is making the connection from her family farm to the school cafeteria and classroom.
When it comes to really improving the lives of children in cafeterias and classrooms alike, Kevin and Autumn Hesser are emerging superstars up in Calaveras County and the surrounding Mother Lode region of the California Farm to School Network. (For a view of the Mother Lode and the rest of our current regions and regional leads, see this map!)
The Hessers, along with UC Master Gardener Odile Morrison, are the heart and soul of Gardens to Grow In, a newly-minted non-profit organization that began under the umbrella of Calaveras Unified School District Educational Foundation. Gardens to Grow In has acted as an incredibly strong community builder through its work to help school gardens get up and running, provide engaging nutrition and cooking education to youth, and support a number of other projects to enhance school food environments, such as on-campus farmers markets and sending families home with tools and skills to grow more food at home.