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
Brandon Luis Herrera Pierce
Stephanie Rodgers Marketing/Fundraising Intern
Team Leader: Tampa Bay Kids’ Kitchen
Sangram S Karande
Christians Barros Adwell
Team Leader: Tampa Bay Kids’ Kitchen Research
Team Leader: Tampa Bay Kids’ Kitchen
2017/18 Student Committee
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. This project opened my eyes up to the world of agriculture and the plethora of issues surrounding it that affect the environment, human health, animal welfare, social justice, and global economics. My hope for my career going forward is to share my knowledge in pollinator ecology with the public to increase transparency of the issues affecting bee populations and also to be a part of the urban agriculture movement and community gardens by supporting local efforts to educate the next generation and grow food in cities. 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; because of this, I found it even more compelling to work with this organization after hearing that a large population of the students that will be reached come from a similar background to mine. I truly believe that poor nutrition is at the core of most of our chronic health conditions, thus having the opportunity to work with children at such a young age to expose them to plant based nutrition is an incredibly exciting thing for me because I know it will make a lasting difference in their lives. As an aspiring physician who regularly follows a primarily raw plant-based diet, I truly feel as though the mission of this organization aligns with my personal goals and for this reason, I look forward to being a part of this movement.
Currently in my senior year at the University of South Florida, I am majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations, which has helped me follow my passion for understanding and engaging with media channels. I am also working towards receiving a minor in Sociology and a General Business Certificate. Through my academic studies, I began recognizing the serious lack of healthy and sustainable food practices in varying socioeconomic areas, especially in Tampa. 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.
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.
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.