The Tampa Bay Farm2School (TTF2S) student committee is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of South Florida (USF). Morsani College of Medicine 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, Muller Elementary, Tampa Heights Community Garden, Harvest Hope Community Garden, Sweetwater Organic Farmers Market, the Florida Learning Garden and the Temple Terrace Boys & Girls Club.
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 Mimi, Brandon, Stephanie, Richa, Winnie, Christians, Yara
Team Leader: Tampa Bay Kids’ Kitchen
Brandon Luis Herrera Pierce
Stephanie Rodgers Marketing/Fundraising Intern
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.
I have been a gardener since I was I was child, and have recently become entranced in the world of local food systems, and all things urban and sustainable agriculture. I have been studying plant-pollinator interactions on and off since 2007. I hold an MS in biology from the University of Akron and am currently finishing my Phd in Wildlife Biology at Clemson University, where my project focuses on farming practices that can attract and support healthy populations of wild bees in agricultural landscapes. A newcomer to Florida, one of my favorite activities is learning how to grow food here in my own community garden plot at Greco Middle school community garden.
I am currently a second year medical student at the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences with two minors, one in biomedical physics and one in philosophy, from the University of South Florida prior to starting medical school. I became interested in the Farm 2 School and Kids’ Kitchen movement through my involvement as the student leader of the Nutrition Science and Research Scholarly Concentration at the Morsani College of Medicine. I am very passionate about nutrition, especially raw plant based nutrition, which is one of the main reasons I decided to become involved in this opportunity. Additionally, I come from a Mexican-american background with parents and grandparents who were migrant farmworkers.
Currently in my senior year at the University of South Florida, I am majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. Finding out that the Farm2School organization has grassrooted efforts to create educational and empowering spaces as a progressive solution, I had to get in on the action. Aligned with my interests in graphic design, politics, and social media, I hope to bolister TBF2S’s message and significance through increasing social media presence and support base for this wonderful and important organization. Specifically looking forward to the opportunity to help design and market a campaign for the Give Day Tampa Bay fundraiser, as well as assist with event planning, I can’t wait to help get this organization the recognition it deserves.
My 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.
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.