Farm to school inOregon a win for all

In 2017, farm to school and school garden advocates and practitioners all over Oregon united to support House Bill 2038.

About HB 2038

House Bill 2038 preserves $4.5 million in funding for the statewide Farm to School and School Garden grant program for the coming two-year budget cycle. On Thursday, July 7, the bill received unanimous support in both the House and Senate. Once signed by Governor Kate Brown, it will provide funding for Oregon schools to purchase Oregon-grown and processed products and to provide food, agriculture and garden-based educational activities.

What our partners are saying

“We should always be using tax dollars to buy local. It never made sense to me to buy apples from anywhere else than right here in Oregon. This program connects our schools and children to our most important industry: agriculture. It’s Oregon farmers feeding Oregon’s children. There are a lot of people to thank for their work on Farm to School over the years, but Speaker Kotek and Rep. Nathanson really went to bat for us this session. We wouldn’t have a Farm to School program without their help, plain and simple.”
— Representative Brian Clem

“Oregon should be the best place for ensuring students have access to nutritious meals at school so they can learn, grow, and flourish. A student who has a healthy breakfast and lunch at school is more likely to have better attendance, graduate high school, and be fully present and ready to learn in the classroom. Farm to School helps make that happen.”
— Matt Newell-Ching, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

“At a time of so many hard choices in our state budget, FoodCorps is thrilled to see the Oregon legislature investing in farm to school programming and the dividends it will bring for our kids, our farmers and ranchers, and our communities. This commitment will strengthen Oregon’s farm economy, while helping to ensure that children across the state are well-nourished and ready to learn.”
— Curt Ellis, FoodCorps

“Farm to school is a win, win, win! Farmers win, kids win and communities win.”
— Megan Kemple, Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network

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.

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.

2017: Advocates and practitioners throughout the state rallied to keep Farm to School and School Garden grant funding in the Oregon state budget. In July, HB 2038, championed by Representative Brian Clem, passed with unanimous support in both the House and the Senate,


HB 2038 in the News

The Clatskanie Chief
New bill would support school gardens, farm-to-school programs

The St. Helens Chronicle
New bill supports school gardens

Capital Press
Lawmakers approve Oregon farmland easement fund

Jefferson Public Radio

Farm To School Funding Held Up In Oregon

Bandon Western World
Farm to School: Fifth-graders learn how food gets to their tables

Lebanon Local
Rick George: Teacher’s vision propagates a harvest of change

Blue Mountain Eagle
Farm to School funding hangs in the balance

Celebrate Oregon Agriculture: Farm to School Programs

Portland Tribune
$5.6 million for Oregon farm-to-school funding passes key committee

Capital Press
$5.6 million for Oregon farm-to-school passes key committee

Press Releases

Oregon Legislature Votes Unanimously to Preserve Farm to School and School Garden Funding

Statewide effort to keep farm to school and school garden funding in place takes important next step


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 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.