Oregon is a national leader in farm to school and school gardens funding and programming. That funding is now at risk. Call your Oregon legislator and ask them to support House Bill 2038.
Oregon Governor Brown’s proposed budget completely cuts funding for Oregon’s Farm to School and School Garden Grants. If that happens there will be no funding for cafeteria purchases or education grants like the kinds used to support garden education and help offset some of the costs of buying direct from producers.
That’s why we need to ensure that the Oregon Legislature maintains or expands this important programming through the passage of House Bill 2038.
About HB 2038
House Bill 2038 expands funding for the statewide Farm to School and School Garden grant program from the current $4.5 million to $5.6 million for the coming two-year budget cycle. If passed, the funding would provide five cents in support for local food, for every school lunch served in Oregon.
Call or email your Oregon state legislators to tell them you care about farm to school and school gardens programs, and you want to see funding continued!
Enter your physical address here to find out who are your “Senate” and “House” representatives in Oregon.
Call or email them and say some variation on this:
In the coming months, when you get invites from those legislators to attend “town hall” or “community coffee” meetings, PLEASE GO and raise your hand and tell them that you are a constituent and you want them to fight to preserve funding for farm to school and school gardens programs, which benefit their community and the state as a whole.
A history of hard-won success
Through wide-ranging partnerships, farm to school and school garden programs have grown. But it didn’t happen over night. It has taken the state more than a decade to advance to where it is today. Let’s not take a single step backward!
2006: The Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network is formed
2007: Oregon creates a “Farm to School” position in the Oregon Department of Agriculture
2008: A parallel position is created in the Oregon Department of Education, making Oregon the first state in the country to support this program through positions in two state agencies.
2011: A Farm to School and School Garden grant program is created for school districts, starting with a small pilot funding amount of $200,000.
2013: Grant funding is expanded for school districts by $1,000,000, to a total of $1.2 million for 2013-15, allocation funding to 21 school districts around the state to buy local foods and to provide “food-based, agriculture based and garden-based educational activities.”
2015: Funding is expanded again, this time to a total of $4.5 million for 2015-17.
HB 2038 in the News
Blue Mountain Eagle
Farm to School funding hangs in the balance
Celebrate Oregon Agriculture: Farm to School Programs
$5.6 million for Oregon farm-to-school funding passes key committee
$5.6 million for Oregon farm-to-school passes key committee
Yes on Farm to School and School Gardens
From the Willamette Valley to Curry County, farms, schools and kids are benefiting from Farm to School and School Garden Grants.
Bend-La Pine Students Go Whole Hog
Wellness Specialist Katrina Wiest sees program’s positive effects on farmers, students
Farm to School Funds Help Parkdale Orchard Sell More Fruit
Randy Kiyokawa sees multiple benefits from working with public schools
Farm to School Counts
OregonFarmtoSchool.org was built by Ecotrust on behalf of the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network (OFSSGN) to track progress and measure success for the farm to school movement in Oregon.
Video: A School District Unites Around Food
Welcome to the Salem-Keizer School District in Oregon, where 40,000 students are eating more healthy, local food and learning in school gardens, cafeterias, and classrooms. Meet our diverse team of partners who brought this farm to school program to life.
The Impact of Seven Cents (2011)
Examining the effects of a $.07 per meal investment on local economic development, lunch participation rates, and student preferences for fruits and vegetables in two Oregon school districts.