i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – Develop 4R Farm, a greenhouse at Ocoee High School

Caitlyn Glatting

Farm to School, Farm to Community Coordinator

University of Florida, Family Nutrition Program

What is the change you are designing to achieve?

The change I am designing to achieve is the creation of a toolkit for future Farm to School Hub projects that focus on schools producing for for their cafeteria on-site.

How will you measure that change?

I will be measuring that change by documenting communication, processes, and systems along the way. Specifically through surveys/interviews with stakeholders and partners to measure success, challenges, and ways to improve in the short and long term.

What is the innovative component or strategy you will implement as a result of the design-a-thon?

The innovative strategy is the design of the toolkit. Through in-person and Zoom video interviews and surveys I will help to define partners roles and strategy. This will allow for other schools to have a template/starting place when thinking about starting a program of their own. It will be in-depth and detailed.

How did the design-a-thon help you?

It has been so incredibly beneficial networking with the Key Informants. After creating my concept map, I was able to see gaps in my project and those gaps determined which informants I went to speak to. I was also able to gain tons of knowledge that will help me in other projects in my position.

Summary:

My project will be working with Four Rivers Restaurant Group (4RRG), UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, Family Nutrition Program (FNP), and Orange County Public School (OCPS) to develop 4R Farm, a greenhouse at Ocoee High School. The greenhouse will serve as a productive learning environment to provide direct nutrition education and job skills training as well as increasing the availability of fresh, local foods to students at the school. The Farm to School & Community initiative will integrate experiential learning models with community building while educating students on all components of the growing and food safety process.

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