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Food Genius Scott Brown

There are so many fennel fantastic people that support our mission to inspire kids to eat their veggies! We’d like to introduce you to Scott Brown, one of the many food geniuses that brings excitement and enthusiasm to our program.

Q: What initially drew you to Food Literacy Center’s Food Genius Academy?

I was drawn to the Food Literacy Academy during my first semester at CSU Sacramento. I knew that I wanted to be involved in food and in the community but did not know how. I found a flyer for Food Literacy on campus and began doing some research. The idea of exposing kids to fruits and vegetables seemed like it would be both fun and rewarding. I decided to reach out and started volunteering shortly after. As I became a regular in the classroom I knew that I wanted to further my involved in Food Literacy’s mission and growth. Volunteering was the catalyst to my involvement and introduced me to the academy and all of the things I could expect to learn. I applied shortly after and was accepted to the program. I can safely say that it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Q: What is your favorite memory from participating in the academy?

My favorite memory from the academy was the presentations that we got to do on the books we read. I laughed so much and had so much fun “nerding-out” over food. The presentations gave me the chance to see how wonderful everyone in the academy was. The creativity and fun was off the charts and I wish I could do a presentation like that again!

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone interested in participating in the academy?

 I would advise anyone who participates in the academy to make sure they have the time to dedicate. Food Literacy is a time commitment and the size of the commitment is up to the individual. However, like all things we do in life the more effort invested the greater the reward. In the Spring and Summer I was able to dedicate much more time to being in the classroom every week and establishing relationships with both our students and my fellow volunteers. I hope that anyone who decides to get involved with Food Literacy remembers that these kids are counting on us and it is truly rewarding to have a student remember your name and share a laugh with you. 

Q: What is your favorite vegetable and how do you like to prepare it?

Collard Greens: After I sauté minced garlic in olive oil for 3-5 minutes I add in some shredded collards and cook just long enough for the color to pop. After they cool I add a dash of pepper and then eat.

Q: Was there a vegetable you enjoy now that you weren’t so fond of as a kid?

Spinach! When I was a child I thought it was the most disgusting thing on the planet. I think this may have to do with the fact that I only ate frozen spinach and it was usually overcooked. (Sorry Mom)

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