Make your voice heard for farm to school

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.

What’s happening?

The Oregon State Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee’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 purchases of Oregon-grown or Oregon-processed foods or farm and garden based education.  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 the bill will provide funding for Oregon schools to purchase Oregon-grown and processed products and to provide food, agriculture and garden-based educational activities.

Take action

Tell your legislators that you care about farm to school and school gardens programs, and you want to see funding continued.

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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.

Resources

HB 2038 in the News

6/14/17
Jefferson Public Radio
Farm To School Funding Held Up In Oregon

6/8/17
Bandon Western World
Farm to School: Fifth-graders learn how food gets to their tables

5/26/17
Lebanon Local
Rick George: Teacher’s vision propagates a harvest of change

4/11/17
Blue Mountain Eagle
Farm to School funding hangs in the balance

4/11/17
KATU News
Celebrate Oregon Agriculture: Farm to School Programs

4/6/17
Portland Tribune
$5.6 million for Oregon farm-to-school funding passes key committee

4/5/17
Capital Press
$5.6 million for Oregon farm-to-school passes key committee

Press Releases

4/5/2017
Statewide effort to keep farm to school and school garden funding in place takes important next step

Info-Sheets

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.