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Slice by Slice:
Students Learn About the Significance of Agriculture on Pizza Farms
The Pizza Farm taught students about every aspect of their favorite slice of pizza.
From the wheat contained in the dough, to the meat used to top it all off, every
ingredient used in making this popular food was featured on the Pizza Farm.
Photo courtesy UGA Cooperative Extension.
By Merritt Melancon
Public Relations Coordinator
UGA Cooperative Extension
the food on their
There is nothing exotic about a pizza, but for many
students the origins of their favorite slice, the stalks
of wheat or the dairy cow that produces milk for
mozzarella, might as well be from another planet.
Recently, more than 800 Metro Atlanta elementary school students received a behind-the-scenes
look at where pizza comes from at UGA Cooperative
Extension’s Pizza Farm at the State Farmers Market in
The end-of-year field trip was part of a long-term
collaboration between UGA Extension and the Georgia
Department of Agriculture to help urban and suburban
children make the connection between agriculture and
the food on their plates.
“There is a lot to learn from a pizza,” said Fulton
County Cooperative Extension Agent Kisha Faulk. “By
walking through the parts of the pizza, you can learn
about the dairy cows that we have here in Georgia, the
wheat that we grow here and use in our mills. We have
information about tomatoes and herbs that we use in
sauce. And we even have live animals that we use for
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Students learned how wheat plants are processed
into flour to make pizza dough and were able to examine
tomato plants and taste and smell the herbs that go into
pizza sauce. The students also saw a dairy cow as they
learned how much feed and water she needs to produce
the milk that is used to make cheese.
It took more than a year to plan the event, and
Extension agents from across northwest Georgia volunteered to help run the giant exhibition.
Extension agents have much experience teaching
both students and teachers about Georgia agriculture
and how to remain healthy.
“Extension agents have been teaching PizzaFarm types of lessons — nutrition and agriculture —
across Georgia for 100 years,” Faulk said. “It’s a visible,
glamorous, fun look at the basic mission and principles
Now that planning for the 2014 Pizza Farm is underway, Faulk is fielding calls from Extension agents and
teachers across the state who want to start pizza farms
in their own backyards.
“There’s been interest in all four corners of the
state,” Faulk said. “It’s a fun approach to looking at
Georgia commodities and agriculture in the state, and
it’s being delivered in a manner that’s attractive to kids;
that’s extremely educational and that supports teachers
in the classroom.”
The pizza farm concept was born in Texas, where
Houston-based Extension agents organized a pizzathemed field day to help introduce suburban children
to agriculture. Georgia’s Urban Extension agents heard
about their work and wanted to try it in Georgia to help
children make a connection to their food.
Fewer and fewer Georgia students, even those from
rural areas, understand agriculture’s role in their lives.
“A lot of young people don’t have agriculture in their
backgrounds, and they really don’t understand where
their food comes from,” said Beverly Sparks, associate
dean for Extension at the UGA College of Agricultural
and Environmental Sciences.
“I think events like this really help them realize that
food does not come from the grocery store. In an event
like this we’re helping them understand what all it takes
to produce a pizza.”
In addition to learning more about what it takes to produce the food that is sold in restaurants and the grocery
store, they also learned how a pizza fits into the USDA
MyPlate dietary guidelines for proper nutrition. They
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2013
UGA’s Archway Partnership: Empowerment for Georgia’s Communities
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Eliminating Risks: LGRMS Celebrates 25 Years
Where Do We Stand? One Year after Georgia’s Criminal Justice Reform
Understanding the Impacts of Juvenile Justice Reform
New Jail Facilities: Counties Focus on New Technology and Capacity to Expand
2013 Legislative Service Award Recipients
Hospital Survival: Informed County Commissioners Can Preserve Local Health Care
Federal New: More Gridlock and Uncertainty May Be Expected in Washington for FY 2014
Slice by Slice: Students Learn About the Signifi cance of Agriculture on Pizza Farms
Talking Trees with Georgia’s County Commissioners
Partner News: Value at the Heart of the Unique Gas South-ACCG Partnership
Commercial Swimming Pool Renovations Do’s and Don’ts
Counties & The Law: The Supreme Court, the Voting Rights Act and Georgia Counties
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Conference Preview: Legislative Leadership
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