Cynthia Walters

Slow Food Columbus School Garden Director

A public school teacher for over twenty years, Walters believes gardens provide the perfect setting for children to experience hands-on meaningful instruction by growing their own food. Walters, named Mother of the Revolution by Kiwi Magazine in 2008, has been developing food education and plant-based learning for more than fourteen years. After discovering the impact of children growing food, Walters established The Low-Tunnels for Schools program to provide more opportunities for students to plant gardens in Central Ohio. Cynthia has introduced numerous school districts to growing under low-tunnels; allowing students to harvest food throughout the school year. Walters is the Founder and Chairperson of School Gardens of Ohio where she has fostered relationships with community partners to meet the needs of school garden educators. In 2018, Walters became the Co-Chair for the Slow Food USA School Garden Network and currently serves as SFUSA Governor of Ohio. Cynthia is an advocate for improving The National School Lunch Program and has authored a call-to-action to increase the access of real food in the cafeteria. By embedding garden-based education into the core curriculum and having students make connections from garden to cafeteria, Cynthia empowers children to make healthy lifelong decisions about good, clean, and fair food.