The Tampa Bay Farm2School (TTF2S) student committee is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of South Florida (USF) and the Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS) who engage with community and school partners on a variety of garden and sustainability themed projects. Committee members assist the TBF2S board in their work building gardens, giving classroom presentations, writing grants, cooking with kids, fundraising, marketing and supporting teachers with special projects at Cork Elementary, Turner-Bartels K-8 School, Greco Middle School and Muller Elementary.
During the 2017/18 year committee members planned and built a reading garden, weeded and planted elementary gardens, maintained an herb garden for a culinary arts program and gave classroom presentations. Committee members are also invited to help plan and build two large garden installations in the 2018/19 school year at Turner-Bartels on Nov. 3 and at Cork Elementary on January 26, 2018. In the Spring of 2018 we guided elementary and middle school students through the process of performing an EPA Cafeteria Food Waste Audit.
TBF2S partners with the US Green Building Council to broaden the message about the impacts and benefits of the green and healthy schools movement. This partnership affords college students the opportunity to work alongside USGBC professionals during "Green Apple Days of Service.” Green Apple Day is an initiative of the Center for Green Schools, a USGBC program with global impact, benefitting over 7 million students with almost one million volunteers across 73 countries. Green schools support community health by reducing harmful emissions, minimizing environmental impact, saving energy and water while reducing utility costs, reducing waste going to landfill and lessening the burden of extraction of new natural resources for construction and operations.
TBF2S College Student Committee
2018/19 Richa, Winnie, Carson, Christians, Yara, Sangram
Sangram S Karande
Christians Barros Adwell
Team Leader: Tampa Bay Kids’ Kitchen
2017/18 Student Committee
I am a third-year student majoring in Biomedical Sciences with minors in General Public Health and Psychology at the University of South Florida. After completing my undergraduate work, I will be attending the Morsani College of Medicine in the fall of 2019. I was initially drawn to the concept of healthy eating and plant-based nutrition in middle school, where I competed in the state science fair with projects that compared the antioxidant content of different fruits, herbs, and vegetables. As a volunteer Dietary Assistant at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in college, I gained an even deeper appreciation for the role that food plays in ensuring our well-being. By representing the intersection of health consciousness, community service, and youth education, my involvement with Kids’ Kitchen is a natural extension of my earlier passions. I hope to carry forward the lessons I learn as a TTF2S volunteer into my future work as a physician.
Winnie Mulamba’s greatest goal and desire is to help communities, organizations and nations foster sustainable and self-sufficient economies that views a healthy environment as a core contributor towards success. Ms. Winnie has professional work experience in project management where she oversaw women empowerment projects; in addition to working as a sales and marketing executive in the agricultural seed industry in Kenya. Ms. Winnie currently works as a Graduate Assistant at the Patel College of Global Sustainability. Academically, Ms. Winnie got her Bachelors in Commerce from KCA University in Kenya as well as a post graduate diploma in project management from Kenya Institute of Management. She is presently seeking a M.A in Global Sustainability with a main focus on water resources. As a student committee volunteer with Farm2School, Winnie is involved with grant writing projects as well as hands-on work day activities. She is passionate about sustainable food systems and believes that information is power. Educating the young generation on sustainable living not only helps protect our planet but also paves way to a healthy, resilient and more productive future.
I am a graduate student pursuing my Masters in Global Sustainability (Concentration - Sustainable Business Enterprise) at USF Patel College of Global Sustainability. I completed my Bachelors in Chemical Engineering at Mumbai University, India I am currently working as a GIS Analyst & Research Intern at Coastal Risk Consulting LLC. I am passionate about the environment and want to help make this world more sustainable.
I loved my volunteer experience with Farm2School at Turner Elementary School when I got to work with children & other volunteers in organizing a food waste audit. This experience made me understand how much waste was generated at schools and why it is vital for students to work towards reducing waste and understanding the value of food. The students were much more organized, and several students took the initiative to find out faults in the system and process. I encouraged the students I was supervising to look at what type of food waste weighed the most and asked them to suggest ways to reduce the waste. I asked them questions in such a way so that they came up with the solutions to the problems, this way the students felt involved and took much more effort.
My name is Carson Joyce and I am from Jacksonville, FL. I am studying finance at USF’s Muma College of Business and am set to graduate in May of 2019. I had the great opportunity of being involved in after school agriculture programs growing up, and I would like to contribute to the younger generation’s life by teaching them simple things they can do to reduce their environmental footprint. My family moved to Acapulco de Juárez, Mexico, for one year, when I was younger where we were able to go into rural communities outside of the city and helped the locals live in a stable manner. This experience has encouraged me to pursue this type of work going forward which is why I want to join Farm2School as a sustainability coordinator.
Hello! I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I received my BS in Veterinary Medicine, MS and PhD in Animal Science at Sao Paulo State University and at Lethbridge Research Center- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. In 2010, I returned to my country and worked as a Research Coordinator and Liaison Officer at the Agriculture and Livestock Research Center, a subsidiary of the Department of Agriculture of Rio de Janeiro State, where I had the opportunity to co-head World Bank Sustainable projects focused on assisting family farmers transition from traditional to organic agriculture through sustainable practices. I led the Rio de Janeiro contingent for the National Campaign Brazil’s “Organic and Sustainable” initiative launched by the Ministry of Social Development and Fight for Hunger. I worked as a member of the non -profit organizations Eco-Chefs and Slow Food Movement. Today I am studying at USF’s Patel College of Global Sustainability with a dual concentration in Food Sustainability and Security with the additional studies in Business. Currently, I am a member of The Sustainable Food Research Initiatives at USF, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger and Slow Food USA. I am joining Temple Terrace Farm2School because I love the mission and vision of helping kids experience hands on lessons in the garden and learn about healthy living.
Hi all! My name is Yara and I am a Junior majoring in anthropology and minoring in environmental science and policy at the University of South Florida. I plan to attend law school after graduation and to pursue a career in animal rights law. I learned about Temple Terrace Farm 2 School when I attended an open house for the Patel College of Global Sustainability. I am interested in anthropogenic climate change, social & environmental justice, animal agriculture & sustainability, and plant-based eating. I think that one of the best ways to move away from animal agriculture, mitigate climate change, secure justice for all communities, and ensure a sustainable future for humans is to engage future generations in garden work. I believe this provides kids with the resources and education to live healthier and happier lifestyles not only for animals and the planet, but for themselves. Through teaching children how to cook healthy and easy meals from a young age, I hope that they will be able to make healthier choices about food for the rest of their lives, and feel good about what they eat and make every day. I look forward to volunteering with TTF2S, especially because it ties together my interests that I mentioned before.
I'm Molly Dixon from St. Louis, MO. I'm currently in the process of completing my masters at USF studying Sustainable Business with certificates in Sustainable Energy and LEED. I'm excited to work with Farm 2 School to practice establishing sustainable initiatives within schools.
My name is Jean Jacques Werleigh but most people call me Jacques. I was born and grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I am now pursuing a master's degree at USF Patel College for Global Sustainability with a focus in Food Security and Sustainability.
A licensed clinical social worker at the USF Diabetes Center, Amanda is a graduate of the Patel College of Global Sustainability. She is a member of the Food Studies Research Initiative and Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger.
Hi there, I’m Kaitlin. I was born and raised in Canton, Ohio but moved to sunny Orlando, Florida about 7 years ago. I’m currently studying Global Sustainability with a concentration in Food Sustainability and Security at USF’s Patel College of Global Sustainability.