A Portland Public School student samples yakisoba noodles from Umi Organic. Photo credit: Shawn Linehan
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.
Ecotrust Project Team
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
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 last 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
“I really don’t think there’s anything greater than feeding kids good food. That’s what this farm to school bill is all about. We want to make sure our kids have the best. That means both in what they eat, having the nutrition for their brains to learn, but also the environment that they live in, and the economy of that environment.”
— Lola Milholland, Umi Organic
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.
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.
A summary of the data from the National Farm to School Network illustrating the many benefits of farm to school — from economic development to public health, education, environment, and community engagement.
Randy Kiyokawa sees multiple benefits from working with public schools
From the Willamette Valley to Curry County, farms, schools and kids are benefiting from Farm to School and School Garden Grants.
Wellness Specialist Katrina Wiest sees program’s positive effects on farmers, students
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.
Release Date: 07-07-2017
Release Date: 04-05-2017
Released May 15, 2019 on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud
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