“This is a career change for me, and I am excited to turn my passion into my career.” When Foodcorps Food Education Service Member Courtney Wilber makes that claim, the passion she’s talking about is the joy of nurturing plants from the soil and—even more important—showing others how to do the same.
“I feel very passionate about showing people the connection between the food on their plates and where it came from in the garden,” Courtney says. “I love learning and teaching about compost. I can’t wait to see the faces of the kids when their first plant sprouts.”
Courtney’s mission in her new FoodCorps assignment, which lasts one school-year, is to work in schools with children, teachers, administrators, and parents to help build a sustaining culture of healthy food. She will work with children planting in the garden and in the greenhouse, make food with them, introduce them to new foods—and ask them to rate the flavor. And with the grownups, she’ll discuss ways to keep the healthy ways going, through policies and regular practices.