For our show on Monday March 14th, host Terri Wilke speaks with Rachael McGinnis Millsap, Director, Farm to Institution programming for KC Healthy Kids.

There is an upcoming event Rachael will tell us about: The Eat Local and Organic Expo

April 9, 2022, 9 AM – 4 PM at Johnson County Community College

Free Admission | Free Parking | Masks Required ​

Hosted by KC Healthy Kids in partnership with Brookside Farmers’ Market

Shop, connect and learn with local food advocates and KC Food Circle™ farmers!

KC Healthy Kids advances the health and well-being of children and families through community-driven initiatives and advocacy where they live, learn, work and play.  Local food is a HUGE part of that equation.  Rachael works with local growers, distributors and school districts to make fresh, locally grown foods more available to students. She also builds crucial partnerships and provides training to empower districts to overcome barriers to serving local food.

She helped found the Johnson County Food Policy Council and has served as vice chair since 2017. She also chairs the council’s Local Food Development Work Group.

Rachael has a long career of bringing about social change through agriculture. She spent nine years as nutrition and gardening educator for the University of Missouri Extension and was director of the Eating from the Garden program in Jackson County, which taught gardening and nutrition concepts to elementary students. Through KC Healthy Kids’ partnership with Community Housing of Wyandotte County, Rachael operates Splitlog Farm and Orchard, which is owned by the housing agency.

“Schools and communities have a huge potential to address health disparities by reinventing themselves as places that promote healthy eating and active living and educate families about healthy food,” she says.

Rachael graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors in Plant Science and received her Master’s in social work from UMKC. She stays active in that field by facilitating direct intervention and group counseling at a local medical center on a part time basis.

She holds a certificate from Community Development Academy, a series of intensive, experiential courses offered by the University of Missouri Extension Community Development Program.

We at EcoRadio KC are glad to encourage awareness and protection of our world.  Our goal is to assure our listeners are aware of how we can create a sustainable present for a sustainable future!

This will be a great radio hour!  We hope you can tune in!

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