In this episode of Voices from the Field, we get to know a new member of NCAT’s staff, Local Food Specialist Molly Kirkham. Molly tells her NCAT colleague, Community Foods System Specialist Maura Henn, about the chance encounter with a community garden that began her interest in local foods. She talks about her time with AmeriCorps at a food bank in Montana, her time farming, and how she came to work at NCAT.
Among other responsibilities at NCAT, Molly spearheads the Harvest of the Month program, and she emphasizes the importance of exposing young children to healthy local foods and how they are produced. In one touching case, she says, attendance at a school increased after the COVID-19 pandemic when the school began raising chickens.
Related ATTRA Resources:
- Farm to Healthcare
- Sustainable Hospital Food Service: Farm to Healthcare Conference
- Food Hubs and School Sales
- State Partnerships for School Markets
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