Tampa Bay Farm 2 School Executive Board
Elizabeth Leib, Founder/Director
Elizabeth loves the challenge of getting start-up projects off the ground; specifically projects that makes the world a better place. An online conversation in 2011 with Grant Rimbey on a local garden blog led to her to organize a volunteer gardener group to start the Temple Terrace Community Gardens. Three years and two community gardens later in spring, 2013, she passed the community garden leadership baton to Travis Malloy and started a non-profit to support youth gardens. Temple Terrace Farm 2 School (now Tampa Bay Farm2School), is a volunteer driven organization working to empower youth for health, success and a sustainable future through hands-on agricultural experiences. Elizabeth has built partnerships with the the city of Temple Terrace, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, USF Morsani College of Medicine, Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay, US Green Building Council, USF College of Public Health, Patel College of Global Sustainability, and the USF School of Architecture and Community Design. She has secured funding from the Tampa Garden Club, Sprouts Healthy Community Foundation, Temple Terrace Junior Women’s Club, Ward Mitchell Civil Trial Attorneys and donors Beth and Gerry Curts to build garden programs at Greco Middle School, Turner-Bartels K-8, Cork Elementary and Muller Elementary. Elizabeth was proud to be recognized at the October 16, 2018 Temple City Council meeting for her leadership role in building the local garden community. Grant funding by Sprouts Foundation for Healthy Communities has made possible the new program, Kids’ Kitchen, a mobile pop-up kitchen to teach kids plant based cooking. Elizabeth has lived in Temple Terrace for 25 years with her nice husband who teaches English and Creative Writing at USF, writes really good theatre plays and smart theatre reviews and with her son, a senior at King High School who is an avid body builder, wrestler, and jiu-jitsu competitor. Elizabeth is a graduate student at the Patel College of Global Sustainability and has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Eckerd College.
Christiane Barros Adwell, Vice-President
Christiane was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She received her 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. Christiane worked as a Research Coordinator and Liaison Officer at the Agriculture and Livestock Research Center as co-head of World Bank Sustainable projects focused on assisting family farmers transition from traditional to organic agriculture through sustainable practices. She also 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. Christiane is a USF Patel College of Global Sustainability student with concentration in business and food security. She is a member of the Sustainable Food Research Initiatives at USF, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger and Slow Food USA. She is a founding member of the new Tampa Bay Kids’ Kitchen, a program of Tampa Bay Farm2School.
Julie Cornwell, Treasurer
Julie Cornwell is a graduate of the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability and a Surgical Nurse at Moffitt Cancer Center. She led the team that planned the first Kids’ Kitchen summer cooking camp at the Boys and Girls Club in Temple Terrace. “I have spent the last 17 years working hands on in various operating rooms throughout the country. I have worked in all settings, from small outpatient facilities to large, teaching, Level 1 trauma centers. I have been privileged to participate in life saving procedures, and have personally witnessed modern medical practices transform lives in an astounding way. It is my belief that sustainable business practices will allow hospitals to provide the highest quality care while reducing costs, improving health, preventing illness, and preserving our environment, resulting in a higher quality of life for everyone. I have now dedicated my life work to seeing this goal realized.”
Richa Bisht, Kids’ Kitchen Team Lead
"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 TBF2S volunteer into my future work as a physician."
Richa majored in biomedical sciences with minors in public health and psychology at the University of South Florida. Later this month, she will be attending the USF Morsani College of Medicine. Her interest in healthy eating and plant-based nutrition began in middle school, where she received recognition from the USDA for her investigation of antioxidant levels in herbs. She later worked as a volunteer dietary assistant at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, conducted medical research at USF as well as Tampa General Hospital, and served on various student executive boards during her undergraduate career. She began volunteering for Farm2School's Kids' Kitchen program in the fall of 2018 before becoming an intern in the spring 2019 semester.
Nicholas Barnes, Program Manager
Nicholas Barnes was born in Kaiserslautern, Germany, but grew up all over. He is currently a graduate student at the University of South Florida’s (USF) Patel College of Global Sustainability. Nick is set to graduate in May of 2019 with an M.A. in Global Sustainability and a concentration in Sustainability Policy, having received his B.A. in International Studies from USF in December of 2017. Even before enrolling at the Patel College, Nick has always had an interest in sustainability and its role not just in environmental welfare, but also its role in social and economic welfare and security.
“My hope is to be able to partake in work that develops communities towards the ideas of sustainability. I learned of Tampa Bay Farm 2 School during my studies at the Patel College where I also developed an increased understanding of the role of food in developing sustainable communities. This is what drew me into TBF2S as the organization’s vision aligns with my interests and passions. I believe that through educating and providing tools to younger generations, TTF2S is able to help push communities toward sustainability.” says Nick.
Nick’s work with Tampa Bay Farm 2 School is made possible by student internship sponsor Ken Ward, Ward Mitchell: Civil Trial Attorneys.
"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 Murphy, Student Committee
I’m currently the Coverdell Fellow at USF Patel College of Global Sustainability. This summer I was a member of the Kids’ Kitchen leadership team for the Farm 2 School Boys & Girls Club cooking camp. I’m an experienced Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the international affairs industry who is skilled in Sustainable Development, Environmental Issues, Sustainability, Biodiversity, and Environmental Impact Assessment. I’m looking forward to applying my skills to help grow Tampa Bay Farm 2 School this year.