Empowering young people

Youth Education

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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.

For over four years, Farmer Fredo has worked in partnership with Dougherty County Schools' Department of Nutrition and its Partners of Excellence, to establish school gardens at 14 elementary schools. We are looking to expand our reach to older students in middle and high school in the coming years.

Flint River Fresh is committed to supporting each school garden in ways appropriate to that garden’s particular needs. We believe the lessons offered in a garden are life changing for children of all backgrounds. Through the wonders of a garden, students experience hands-on lessons in: health, earth and life sciences, math, literacy, social science and community building.


The Garden to Cafeteria program is a unique opportunity for students to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in their school gardens with the aim of supplying some of their harvest to the school cafeterias to be used at lunch service.


A youth farm stand program is a single-vendor farm stand on or near school property that is run by the youth of that school. It is appropriately titled a “Youth Farm Stand” because often, many of the youth selling the produce have grown the produce in the school garden.