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Kirsten Saylor Joins FD as School Garden Coordinator

By Margaret Haggenmiller, Associate Program Director — SNAP-Ed Metro

Photo: Kirsten Saylor/LinkedIn
Kirsten Saylor recently joined Family Development as a school garden coordinator, a new, year-long position in which she will work with staff, students, and parents affiliated with the Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul. She also will work with staff of FD’s Children, Youth & Family Consortium, which partners with the school in the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners project.

Kirsten’s responsibilities at Bruce Vento include helping teachers integrate participation in school gardening activities and ideas for healthy eating into classroom curricula, as well as collaborating with school cafeteria staff to advance healthy eating in a calming, communal space. She also will coordinate cooking classes for parents and students that use foods grown by students in the schoolyard garden, as well as foods that Second Harvest Heartland delivers to families at the school.

Kirsten has extensive experience in community gardening, community organizing, sustainable agriculture, food security, and school gardening. She has led local and statewide efforts in community and school gardening, including organization of the first annual Minnesota School Garden Conference and the Minnesota School Garden Coalition. Kirsten holds a master’s degree in Applied Anthropology, where her graduate thesis evaluated the first year of Oregon’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Welcome Kirsten!
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