The Temple Terrace Farm2School (TTF2S) student committee is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of South Florida (USF) 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 TTF2S board in their work building gardens and supporting teachers as needed at Cork Elementary, Turner-Bartels K-8 School, Greco Middle School and Learning Gate Community School.
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 prepare to build two large garden installations in the 2018/19 school year. In the Spring of 2018 we helped elementary and middle school students perform a EPA Cafeteria Food Waste Audit..
TTF2S 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.
TTF2S College Student Committee
2018/19 Carson, Christians, Yara
2017/18 Student Committee
My name is Carson Joyce and I am from Jacksonville, FL. I am studying finance at USF’s Muma College of Business and am set to graduate in May of 2019. I had the great opportunity of being involved in after school agriculture programs growing up, and I would like to contribute to the younger generation’s life by teaching them simple things they can do to reduce their environmental footprint. My family moved to Acapulco de Juárez, Mexico, for one year, when I was younger where we were able to go into rural communities outside of the city and helped the locals live in a stable manner. This experience has encouraged me to pursue this type of work going forward which is why I want to join Farm2School as a sustainability coordinator.
Christians Barros Adwell
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 lead 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 organization Eco-Chefs and Slow Food Movement. These experiences I acquired in various National and Regional Agricultural Sustainable Programs including working with the Federal policies, bureaucracies and lobbyists inspired me to continue to pursue the fight for Global Sustainability upon my return to the US. Today I am studying at USF’s Patel College of Global Sustainability with my 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.
I learned about Temple Terrace Farm 2 School when I attended an open house for the Patel College of Global Sustainability. I am currently in a course which focuses on environmental rhetoric in the Anthropocene, which has afforded me the ability to better communicate environmental issues and write policies across social, political and cultural boundaries. I am interested in 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, providing them with the resources and education to live healthier and happier lifestyles not only for animals and the planet, but for themselves. Volunteer work is important to me, and I currently volunteer with two organizations, one at USF Patel Elementary as a mentor to a student and the other as a Social Justice Peer Educator where I work to put on events for USF students surrounding themes of social justice. 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 received my undergrad in Education and Environmental Science at a liberal arts college in Illinois. Before moving to Tampa I taught English in South Korea and was the director of the Green Team while teaching STEM classes at Community Boating in Boston MA. I aspire to become a sustainability coordinator to help companies align their mission and values with environmentally sustainable practices. 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, graduated High School in Polk County, FL. I received a BS in Biology, a minor in Health Sciences, and additional course work in Medical Anthropology from the University of Central Florida. I was president of IDEAS for UCF for two years prior to graduating, in this role, I learned and experienced a great deal with environmental advocacy and stewardship, community service, and grassroots movements. I then work several years for the UCF Arboretum, responsible for coordinating the volunteer program and my favorite, managing the community garden and greenhouse. I am now pursuing a master's degree at USF Patel College for Global Sustainability with a focus in Food Security and Sustainability. I aspire to work for global organizations such as Oxfam, UN FAO, USAID focusing on Food production, food policy, food waste and the environmental impact associated with food production and consumption.
Amanda is currently a graduate student in the Patel College of Global Sustainability, concentrating on food sustainability and security. She is a member for the Food Studies Research Initiative at USF and the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger. Amanda is also a licensed clinical social worker at USF Diabetes Center and an advocate for health and environmental issues, and recognizes the impact of food on health. She recently completed an internship visiting sustainable farms across the United States, and is interested in school and community gardens, urban agriculture, food waste reduction and environmental justice.
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. Before coming to Tampa for graduate school, I was getting my undergraduate degree in Sociology at Florida State University. I am very passionate about working with non-profits and have been involved with a few different organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA. I chose to go into food sustainability after learning how damaging our industrialized food system is to our health and the environment. I’ve been educating myself ever since and am driven to bring sustainable and nutritious food systems to our communities, just like Farm 2 School. I believe educating others, especially the youth, on how to grow their own food will create a more accessible and collective food system that has the power to change lives. I can’t wait to be a part of it!