George Edwards is the Coordinator for both the Garden to Café program and the Farm to School Grant Program, projects of the New York City Department of Education, Office of School Food. By connecting school and community gardens with harvest events and school lunch meals, George believes students are better able to make the connection between what they plant and what they eat. He also feels when students are better aware of how their food is grown, they will continue to ask questions and push for positive changes. In addition, he recently became Program Manager for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program designed to provide fresh fruit and vegetable snacks, free of charge to all enrolled students in grades Pre K-6th on a daily basis.
A native New Yorker, George has a Master’s Degree in Food Studies (with a concentration in food systems) from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from the New York City College of Technology, where he is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Hospitality Management Department. From 2009-2013 George was an adjunct instructor in the Culinary Arts Department of Kingsborough Community College, teaching basic and intermediate culinary techniques, food safety and sanitation and cost control measures. In addition, George expanded his knowledge of food issues and food activism through his association with the Brooklyn Food Coalition, including work as Program Coordinator for the 2012 Brooklyn Food Conference where he oversaw a staff of 25 volunteers and co-directed 175 panel discussions and workshops.