Maysville highlights Farm-to-School for USDA

Gracelyn Jones shows participants in the USDA Produce Safety University program some of the onion flowers she grew with students at Maysville Elementary School.

Gracelyn Jones shows participants in the USDA Produce Safety University program some of the onion flowers she grew with students at Maysville Elementary School.

For the second consecutive year, members of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Produce Safety University program recently visited with students and staff at Maysville Elementary School.

MES was highlighted March 27 as part of the university’s field experience, and the visit gave USDA and school officials the opportunity to see first-hand the work being done in facilities across the Jackson County School System. They toured Maysville’s onsite garden and also heard from students involved in the “stake-holders” program.

Participants, who are school nutrition managers from across the country, heard from Dr. Debra Morris, JCSS School Nutrition director; Gracelyn Jones, FoodCorps service member; Meredith Gallman, Farm-to-School Title IV worker; and Cathy Anglin, MES cafeteria manager, about the Farm-to-School program for which JCSS has been recognized at the state level.

Dr. Morris and her team were recognized in October with their fifth Golden Radish award at the platinum level, one of just 21 programs across the state to be honored for best practices at the highest level. The awards program is a partnership among Georgia Organics; Georgia’s departments of agriculture, education, public health, and early care and learning; and the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension.

USDA Produce Safety University participants, who are school nutrition program managers from across the U.S., explore the garden at Maysville Elementary School.

USDA Produce Safety University participants, who are school nutrition program managers from across the U.S., explore the garden at Maysville Elementary School.

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