Lea Howe

Farm to School Director

Lea Howe is the Farm to School Director at DC Greens where she works to build a healthier, more just food system in her hometown of Washington, DC. In this role, Lea supports DC Public Schools on their adoption of the Good Food Purchasing Program, a procurement framework that directs institutional buying power towards five core values: local economies, health, valued workforce, animal welfare and environmental sustainability. As DC’s Core Partner for the National Farm to School Network for 4 years, she advises and convenes local stakeholders to put food education on the menu in every classroom, grow DC’s robust school garden network, and provide all students with culturally appropriate, healthy, and regionally-sourced foods. She manages DC Greens’ School Garden Market program in 15 schools and designed, launched and ran Cooking with Kids, a program that taught food system lessons and culinary skills to over 3,000 students in 2 years. Lea’s passion for food education and sustainable agriculture took root in Montana while serving with FoodCorps. During her first year in Boulder, she integrated farm to school programming in the public school system and increased community access to local food. She also completed a FoodCorps Fellowship in Missoula, where she spearheaded a campaign to serve local, grass-fed beef into public schools and institutions. She has a degree in anthropology from Barnard College.