10/28/19– Interview between Srinivas Rao (Host) and Elizabeth Warfield Unmistakable Creative Podcast
Thank you so much for joining us today, Elizabeth. It’s a pleasure to have you here.
Thank you Srini! I have been a fan for years & I enjoy your show. It feels surreal to be here.
I am so happy I read the article in the Boston Globe about the “Garden to Table” initiative you started in Western Massachusetts. Can you tell the listeners about the program?
It was one serendipitous thing after another! As it unfolded, it was like a dream. You see, Springfield MA is one of the most unlikely places that would embrace a “Garden to Table” program for schools. But it fell into place beautifully. So, the structure of the program is simple & customized to meet the needs of the individual school but the foundation of the program is always the same. Our mission is to educate and empower students on healthy whole food choices through daily kitchen and gardening classes.
What was your inspiration to bring this initiative to Springfield, MA?
I love this quote by Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” More than one third of adults are obese. It’s time to create some positive change! I feel passionate about supporting urban youth and in making healthy food choices, so this was a natural segue for me.
What kind of changes are you seeing in the students?
Students are much more engaged in what they eat, how they eat, food preparation and their knowledge about where food comes from! We video the students at the beginning of the school year – ask a series of questions, then we video them again at the end of the year asking the same questions. We have some excellent footage we are putting together for a short documentary.
Now that the Springfield Public Schools are equipped with the Garden to Table initiative, what do you have planned next?
I intend to tackle the prison system! This is an ideal place to transition. I am hopeful they will be responsive and welcoming. Our initial meeting went well!
What makes someone unmistakable?
Maya Angelou has been quoted as saying, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you make them feel.” This quote resonates with me profoundly because I am a deeply sensitive individual. So, the people whose paths I’ve crossed that are unmistakable express unwavering compassion, empowerment and adoration for people as well as their surroundings. When life gives this person lemons, they are a master at making lemonade and sharing it with everyone who is thirsty.
To be continued…………………!!!