Meet the New Farm Fresh Specialist
The TDA Farm Fresh Initiative welcomes our new Farm Fresh Specialist, Beatrice Watson. Beatrice supports farm to summer and farm to child care efforts at the TDA. She also continues to foster and grow the Farm Fresh Network.
Beatrice holds a Bachelor's of Science in Public Health Education and Promotion from the University of Arizona. Beatrice brings with her 17 years of experience in public health administration, health and nutrition education, program development and community capacity building. Her experience includes working as a WIC High-risk Nutritionist, Community Nutrition Program Coordinator, School Health Liaison and, most recently, a Grant Coordinator at Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She has spent much of her career championing coordinated school health, helping to address preventable chronic disease, childhood obesity, and food insecurities. Her passion lies in working to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities, which lines up nicely with the mission, vision and values of the TDA Food and Nutrition Division.
When out of the office, you can find Beatrice spending time with her husband and children exploring our beautiful Lone Star State. They enjoy kayaking, hiking, swimming, sports, farmers markets, festivals, and live music. She taps into her creative side by crafting DIY home décor projects, and upcycling - turning trash into treasure. Beatrice and her family serve in the garden ministry at their church and find great joy in helping plant and harvest fresh fruits and vegetables to stock the church food pantry. Beatrice also takes pride in her home garden, her homemade salsa, healthy home-cooking and hosting gatherings for friends and family.
Welcome aboard, Beatrice!