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.
Tampa Bay Farm 2 School College Student Committee
Interested in joining the F2S Student Committee? Contact Misha Sholeh at firstname.lastname@example.org
2019/20 Hope, Savannah, Misha
2018/19 Student Committee Members
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 believe it is of utmost importance to invest in the next generation through education and providing the tools in which they can apply this education. When I began to connect the dots between what I was eating and where it was coming from I learned to be more conscientious about what I consumed and the process it took to get to my plate. This helped me to not only consume a healthier diet, it also acted as a reminder to reduce food waste and eat a diet that works in conjunction with our environment. I am thrilled to have found TBF2S as this is the mission they are working to instill. I have been involved in various community gardens around Tampa Bay and through those experiences have great admiration for sustainability practices that provide nutritious food as well as taking care of the land we are harvesting. It is my vision to impart my passion for growing food to the youth and the excitement and innovation that will be birthed from that. I am a senior at the University of South Florida with a concentration in Criminology.
I am currently working toward a Master's in Global Sustainability at USF with a focus on Food Security and Sustainability. Our current food production system cannot be maintained by the planet for much longer. I think that education is the best way to change the world. Helping the next generation learn how to grow and cook their own food is a great way to reduce food insecurity and food miles. Helping kids learn about the food cycle through experience is a great way to peak their interest and hopefully enough to get them to do it themselves at home! As someone who loves indoor plants and is beginning an outdoor, food-producing garden, I am looking forward to sharing my passion for sustainable food systems and gardening with local kids by showing them how they can make a difference in their community.
I graduated with my master’s in Medical Sciences from the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine in August 2019. I graduated with two bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology, from the University of South Florida in December 2017. Growing up with a vegetable garden in my backyard, I was always inclined to help create and eat plant-based foods. As part of my high school project, I volunteered at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, where I helped harvest seasonal vegetables and prepared them for the Sunday Market. As an undergraduate, I volunteered at the USF Herbarium after I took a medical botany course and I learned more about the medicinal uses of plants. From then on, I’ve been passionate about cooking and baking, especially plant-based meals. When I discovered Kid’s Kitchen through the USF Health Service Corps, I was excited to join and support an organization that aligned with my interests and passion. I look forward to continue volunteering with TBF2S.
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 want to serve as a Farm 2 School board member because I see many opportunities with the organization for sharing my passion for sustainable environmental practices with kids and teens."
Hyacinth Burrowes is a senior at the University of South Florida studying Public Health and Environmental Science & Policy. She is passionate about food waste, composting, and mycology. When she isn’t volunteering, she enjoys going to see live music, experimenting with culinary fermentation, and watching anime. Hyacinth is a Master Gardener who works at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research Center in the Plant Pathology lab assisting with research of fungal pathogens.
Brandi is an experienced Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the international affairs industry. Skilled in Sustainable Development, Environmental Issues, Sustainability, Biodiversity, and Environmental Impact Assessment. She is the Coverdell Fellow at the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability. She served on the Kids’ Kitchen summer planning team for the after school cooking club at the Boys & Girls Club of Temple Terrace.
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.