Slow Food Movement / Colorado Farm to School
Andrew Nowak is the Director of the National School Garden Program for Slow Food USA and is responsible for building capacity of Slow Food chapters to be partners in school garden projects. For the past 12 years he was the co-director of Slow Food Denver’s Seed-to-Table School Food Program and developed protocols for Youth Farmers’ Markets and Garden to Cafeteria. For the past five years, Andrew has been the District Partner for Denver Public Schools and JeffCo Schools helping to source local fruits, vegetables and meats for the cafeterias, to develop scratch cooking and salad bars in schools, and the development of school farms to grow organic vegetables for school kitchens. Andrew was appointed to the CO Farm to School Task Force three years ago and heads up working groups on Farm to School Evaluation and Marketing. On the National level, Andrew is a Hall of Fame Chef with Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program and was one of 6 chefs invited to the White House in 2010 to help develop the Chefs Move to Schools Program. Andrew has been a culinary professional for over 30 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Iowa in 1991. Andrew and his surgeon wife Lisa of 28 years are enjoying being empty nesters and keeping track of their two children’s international exploits as Nick is a tanker in the US Army stationed in Kuwait and daughter Sarah is a sophomore at Otago University in New Zealand.