Temple Terrace Farm2School Executive Board

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Elizabeth Leib, Director

Elizabeth loves to launch new projects. And particularly any project 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 baton to Travis and started the Temple Terrace Farm2School program. She continues to support community gardening through her work on behalf of the Coalition of Community Gardens. Elizabeth is a graduate student at the Patel College of Global Sustainability. She has lived in Temple Terrace for 24 years with her nice husband who teaches at USF, writes really good plays and smart theatre reviews and with her son, a King HS student who is an avid body builder, wrestler, and who also trains in jiu-jitsu.

 

Amanda Corsentino, Vice-President

Amanda Corsentino, a Staff Attorney with the law firm of White & Case, learned about the Farm 2 School project from fellow community activist Jennifer Webb at a civic engagement event they both attended. Amanda holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Florida and a Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. She has 10 years of experience working in and volunteering for governmental and nonprofit organizations. Amanda spent much of her childhood in rural Maryland, surrounded by farmland and woodlands. Her mother, a gardener, and her father, a hunter, eagerly involved their children in the process of growing and preparing food. Amanda attributes her passion and respect for food and land to these very early experiences. She believes that an empowered, educated, and encouraged youth can serve an important role in supporting a healthy, ethical food system.

Adrian Gonzalez

Temple Terrace Farm2School is pleased to welcome our first Program Manager for the 2017/18 school year. Adrian grew up helping his father operate a blackberry farm in Mexico that exports blackberries worldwide. He is completing his masters degree at the Patel College of Global Sustainability with a food systems concentration. Adrian has been able to apply his research about how to to increase crop productivity in a sustainable way to bring improvements to his family's blackberry farm. He says of his work at Greco during the 2017/18 school year: "I'm looking forward to working with Greco's agriculture teacher, Ms Ladd, to help students understand the interconnection between food, health and the environment."

The 2017 Temple Terrace Farm2School student internship is made possible by Ken Ward, Ward-Mitchell: Civil Trial Attorneys and by Beth and Gerry Curts, in memory of George Fee.

Arnel Garcesa

Arnel Garcesa, M.A., is a recent graduate of the Global Sustainability program at the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida. His passions include sustainable living, energy and agriculture. He shares with many the vision of Tampa Bay as an area growing and co-existing in harmony with its beautiful natural resources. Arnel joined the TT Farm2School organization to build and support school gardens through investing in their natural capital and most importantly their human capital – the burgeoning next generation of sustainability leaders. As a 2017 Mickey Leland Energy Fellow, he investigated and proposed initiatives to decrease potable water consumption at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to align with Executive Order mandates. Arnel is a WELL AP™, an accredited LEED Green Associate and proud to be a Tampa native, a graduate of King High School and Florida State University. 

Arthur Polacow, Program Manager

Arthur Ramos Polacow is going to graduate from the Global Sustainability Program at the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida in May 2018 with a concentration in Sustainable Business. He grew up in Brazil helping his father operate commercial stores that include gas stations and now a burger restaurant. His passions include helping organizations to implement sustainable initiatives in their operations with an objective to reduce their environmental footprint and maximize their profit. Arthur is joining Farm2School with an objective to bring business perspectives to school gardens.

The 2018 Temple Terrace Farm2School student internship is made possible by Ken Ward, Ward-Mitchell: Civil Trial Attorneys and by Beth and Gerry Curts, in memory of George Fee.

 

Li Zhu, Sustainability Coordinator

Li Zhu, an international student Shanghai, China, is a Patel College of Global Sustainability MA student with a concentration in Food Security and Sustainability. Zhu obtained a B.A. in English and minor in Economics. Working with Professor Culhane, Zhu has developed expertise in building biodigesters with the goal of integrating the energy, food, water nexus. Currently he is working on developing an approach that combines sustainable tourism and food security to achieve sustainable development goals. 

Zhu's internship with TTF2S centers on helping our school partners implement a school cafeteria food waste audit and learn about composting. Li's work is made possible by student internship sponsors Beth and Gerry Curts and Ken Ward.