Join 3 UNC MPH/RD students to learn more about farm to institution! These students, Celeste Kurz, David Gaviria, and Ellina Wood, hosted a month-long Farm to Institution Series with a vision of exposing the public to the realities of the food system and facilitating connections between farmers, chefs, nutrition educations, dietitians, and other stakeholders. They brought together various stakeholders in production, culinary, and dietetics to speak about farm to school, outreach (i.e., WIC, SNAP-Ed, etc), hospital, and correctional facility. Topics discussed ranged from why farm to institution is important to how farm to institution impacts health, equity, and the community.

Below you will find links to the recorded videos with their respective panelists.

Please contact Celeste Kurz ( with any questions.

  • Farm to School I: Early Childhood and Primary Education
    • Emily Jackson – Growing Minds Program Director, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
    • Lynne Privette, RD, LDN – Registered Dietitian, Chartwells K-12: Carrboro City Schools
    • Cyndie Story, PhD, RDN, CC, SNS – Owner, Culinary Solution Centers, LLC
    • Lydia West, MPH, RDN, LD, CC – Owner, Healthy Regards, LLC
    • Lauren Weyand, MDA, RDN, LD – Director of Nutrition Services, Craven County Schools
    • Alice Lenihan, MPH, RD, LDN – Global Clinical Advisor, Special Olympics International
  • Farm to School II: Community and Higher Education
    • Krystal Oriadha, BBA, MBA – Senior Director of Programs and Policy, National Farm to School Network
    • Tracey Bates, MPH, RDN, LDN, FAND – School Nutrition Specialist, NC Department of Public Institution
    • Kyle Parker, BA – Coordinator, Edible Campus UNC
    • Kelli Wood, MS, RD, LDN – Registered Dietitian, Aramark
    • Michael Gueiss, ACF, Chef de Cuisine, CIA Pro Chef Level 3 – Senior Executive Chef, Carolina Dining Services
    • Heather Barnes – Marketing Specialist, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Farm to Outreach
    • Abby Bowdish – Co-Chair, Hope Gardens
    • Rachel Bearman – Executive Director, Meals on Wheels Orange County, NC
    • Kathryn Hoy, MFN, RDN, LDN – Curriculum Design Extension Associate, North Carolina State University: Steps to Health SNAP-Ed
    • Maritza Mata – Director of Operations, AMEXCAN
  • Farm to Hospital
    • Olivia Weinstein, MS, RD, LDN – Culinary Nutrition Manager, Boston Medical Center
    • Lindsay Allen, BA, MS – Farm Manager & Operation Manager, Higher Ground Farm & Boston Medical Center
    • Latchman Hiralall, DTR – Food Pantry Manager, Boston Medical Center
  • Farm to Correctional Facility
    • Phillip Sykes, BS – General Manager – Food and Janitorial Products, North Carolina Correction Enterprises
    • Leslie Soble, MA – Research Fellow, Food in Prison Project: Impact Justice
    • Alicia Bicksler, MS, RD, LSN – Central Region Dietitian, NC Department of Public Systems: Prisons

Sponsored by UNC Food for All Initiative, UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and the UNC Department of Nutrition