Empowering young people

Youth Development

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Garden to Cafeteria
Farmer Fredo harvesting cabbages with students and faculty at Deerfield-Windsor for their school cafeteria.


Our mission is to create meaningful relationships between young people and food in order to transform the school food system. By placing an emphasis on hands-on experiences, community interaction, and the pleasures of the table, Flint River Fresh helps to strengthen the food communities of tomorrow by engaging youth today.

We work closely with schools to teach students where their food comes from, how to prepare it, who grows it, the importance of food choices and the pleasure of sharing with friends and family.


Flint River Fresh believes the lessons offered in a garden or on the farm are life changing experiences for children of all backgrounds. Through the wonders of a garden and farm visits, students experience hands-on lessons in: health, earth and life sciences, math, literacy, social science and community building.


We work with School Nutrition Departments to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in school gardens with the aim of supplying some of the harvest to the school cafeterias for use in breakfast, lunch, afterschool, summer, or weekend lunch services.


Farm to Pre-K initiatives connects very young children with local food and farms. We teach children about the farmers who grow fresh, healthy produce in their area through farm visits and “Meet the Farmer Days” at the schools. We also provide a hands-on learning experience by establishing a school gardens where they can learn to see, touch, smell, and taste fresh produce from seed to the cafeteria.


  • Assisted with 16 School Gardens in Dougherty County

  • Served locally-grown collard greens and satsuma oranges from area farmers at all 22 Dougherty County Schools