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Ms. Chrissa Carlson

Senior Faculty Specialist

Senior Faculty Specialist

Maryland SNAP-Ed 10632 Little Patuxent Parkway Suite 435 Columbia, Maryland 21044

Expertise

  • Nutrition
  • school food environment
  • farm to cafeteria
  • school gardening
  • SNAP-Ed

Chrissa coordinate's Maryland SNAP-Ed's work to support healthy school environments, with a primary focus on best practices for promoting fruit and vegetable selection in school cafeterias, and the implementation of school wellness policies and practices.

Chrissa holds a BS in biology from University of Maryland, and an MS in ecology from University of Georgia. She is a Maryland Master Gardener and received training in sustainable agriculture at Full Moon Farms in Athens, Georgia. Before her appointment as Healthy School Communities Coordinator for UME's SNAP-Ed program, Chrissa served as Executive Director of Friends of Great Kids Farm, a nonprofit foundation supporting Baltimore City Public Schools' Great Kids Farm. Through her work with the farm, she became deeply involved in the complex challenges of improving school food, including farm-to-school initiatives. Prior to that, she ran an edible landscaping business and directed a holistic nutrition and gardening program at Hampstead Hill Academy, a charter school in East Baltimore.

Chrissa previously worked with Maryland SNAP-Ed as the Gardening for Nutrition Educator and Project Leader for the Baltimore City/County SNAP-Ed project. During that time she authored the Growing Healthy Habits curriculum, which is still being used at schools and youth-serving sites across the state. She serves on the board of directors of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore and the advisory committee of the Community Greening Resource Network, a program she helped found.

Chrissa is passionate about the far-reaching impacts that good nutrition and physical activity can have on individual and community well-being. These values are reflected in her constant adventures in her own kitchen and garden.