Washington County Welcomes New FoodCorps Member

September 9, 2014

Washington County: One Community (WC:OC) is pleased to announce the selection of Emily Seymour, a Maine native, as Washington County’s new FoodCorps Service Member, supporting the work of Downeast Farm to School, a program of WC:OC and Healthy Acadia.

FoodCorps is a nationwide team of 182 AmeriCorps leaders who connect children to real food and help them grow up healthy. Service members work with the following three pillars: teaching hands-on lessons about food and nutrition; building and tending school gardens and teaching cooking lessons so young people can taste the fresh food they’ve grown; and changing what’s on children’s lunch trays, giving them healthy food from local farms and other food producers.

For the last three years, FoodCorps members have been supporting school gardening efforts primarily in the Machias area. “Taylor Weiss recently completed her second year in our community and we are so appreciative of her incredible work connecting elementary school children with healthy food options, growing and cooking food,” stated Regina Grabrovac, Washington County Food Systems Coordinator. “This summer she hosted two week-long camps as part of Maine Seacoast Mission’s EdGE camp programming at the Rose M Gaffney School. The feedback we received from students attending the camps were stellar and we are looking forward to expanding the programming in 2015 with Emily’s assistance.”

Emily comes from Maine’s mid-coast region and her service term begins September 2. She has experience as a gardener, a caterer and as a nutritionist. She looks forward to hitting the ground running in early September, meeting community members and school staff, and planning for the year ahead.

Downeast Farm to School is a collaborative program of Healthy Acadia in partnership with Washington County: One Community, both Healthy Maine Partnership organizations. The Downeast Farm to School Program builds connections between local producers and schools to expand access to healthy food for students, to support farmers, fishermen, and other food producers, and to increase nutrition and garden-based education across Hancock and Washington Counties, Maine.

Washington County: One Community and Healthy Acadia work collaboratively to improve the health and the quality of life for Downeast residents. For more information on FoodCorps and their efforts in Washington County, contact Regina Grabrovac at 255-3741 or regina@healthyacadia.org.