February Farm to School Partner Highlight
Becca Roe is the FoodCorps Service Member at DC Bilingual Public Charter School in Washington, DC, where she manages the School Garden Market (in partnership with DC Greens!), and gets to plan and lead garden- and food-based educational programming. This month we asked her, “When was your Farm to School ‘aha’ moment?” Here’s her reply:
‘Aha’ moment: There is not one single ‘aha’ moment that comes to mind when I think about my FoodCorps service at DCB, a year and a half in — what I have instead are a million tiny moments of change at work that on their own may seem inconsequential. The kindergartener who routinely finishes her plate in order to be in the “clean plate club;” the first grader who chooses a new veggie at the salad bar; the fourth grader who asks, every day, when we can go out to the garden next. If I ever feel despair over the state of our food system, or the environment my students are inheriting, or the health injustices they’re facing — I focus on these tiny rays of hope. In my service I have the responsibility and the privilege of planting seeds not just in DCB’s spectacular garden, but also in the minds and hearts of the passionate, brave, and loving kids I work with. My deep hope is they flourish into individuals who have the tools to make informed food choices and fight for a just and equitable food system.