Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network

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The Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network (OFSSGN) supports farm to school and school garden stakeholders in their work to incorporate healthy, local food into school meals and to implement food and garden-based education. We provide resources, technical assistance, training and networking opportunities to Oregon’s farm to school and school garden community. 

Together, we’re bringing more money to Oregon farmers, providing healthy local food in school meals, and educating kids about where their food comes from and how it’s grown!  Since 2015, the OFSSGN and our partners have successfully advocated for $4.5 million in funding from the Oregon State Legislature for schools to provide Oregon food and educational programming to students and have convened Farm to School and School Garden Summits drawing nearly 400 participants from across the state.



Support our work

The OFSSGN is in an exciting time of growth and change! We’re in the process of becoming our own 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a dedicated Executive Director. With this new structure, we’ll have increased capacity to provide support to Oregon’s farm to school and school garden community. We can’t do it without you!  The OFSSGN relies on the support of  individuals, businesses, schools and organizations invested in farm to school and school gardens throughout Oregon.         


Contribute online through PayPal using a credit card or your PayPal account! Or send a check payable to OFSSGN Project. Mail to: OFSSGN, 39 N. Cedar St., Eugene, Oregon 97402. All donations are received by the Charitable Partnership Fund for the OFSSGN Project. The Charitable Partnership Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity.  
Questions? Contact us at megan (at) oregonfarmtoschool.org or call 541-344-4329. 


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Evaluation is needed for transformation

Oregon's farm to school movement cannot set goals or measure progress without data to show us where we're at. In 2013 the OFSSGN set to work identifying priorities and available data at a statewide level to measure the impact of our work. We were fortunate that a framework for evaluating the impact of farm to school, informed by multiple stakeholders and vetted by experts, was soon to be published by the National Farm to School Network. View the full framework here. We used this framework to inform our own efforts to measure and categorize our success. We were also fortunate that the USDA Farm to School Census had started to provide data for many aspects of farm to school in Oregon, and Oregon partners had begun collecting data via Oregon's farm to school and school garden grant program.




Oregon's farm to school data

The USDA Farm to School Census provides one source of data for many Oregon school districts for measures such as how districts define local, the amount of dollars invested in local foods, and types of local foods purchased. First launched in the 2011-12 school year and repeated every two years, the census provides a reliable snapshot of many aspects of farm to school in Oregon. The state of Oregon also collects data from all recipients of its farm to school and school garden grant program. The data collected on these districts is broad and includes total dollars spent on local products, number of educational activities conducted, and more. Data available from other sources helps to fill in holes in the census and state grant data. For example, the Oregon Department of Education tracks school gardens at every single school in the state.

Oregon's evaluation framework

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In line with the National Farm to School Network’s evaluation framework, Oregon's data is categorized into four broad sectors with the potential to influence outcomes for farm to school: Community Economic DevelopmentEducationPublic Health, and Environmental Quality. For each of these Sectors, there are identified Priority Outcomes, which are the short- and long-term changes or benefits that result from farm to school activities. Each of these outcome has an associated set of Indicators that reflect how a system is working and can help us understand causes of problems as well as ways to address them. Each Indicator has a set of Measures that help show how an indicator changes over time. Measures are the part of our evaluation framework where we collect, analyze, and display data that support the Indicators and Priority Outcomes in each Sector. To download a word document of this website's entire framework, click here. This website displays measures for which we have accurate and reliable data at a statewide level. We also have a list of over 35 measures for which we still lack adequate statewide data. View those Data Gaps here. This project has been funded at least in part with federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Public Health
PRIORITY OUTCOME

Students and their families access locally produced, healthy food through schools and preschools

INDICATOR

Student access to local, healthy foods in schools and preschools

INDICATOR

State government program and policy environments support local, healthy food access in schools for children

Education
PRIORITY OUTCOME

Increase food literacy in students in schools

INDICATOR

Increase in student knowledge about food and its impact on health, community economics, and the environment

PRIORITY OUTCOME

Education policy and programs support farm to school activities

INDICATOR

Education agencies allocate resources to support farm to school programming

INDICATOR

Teachers, child care educators, foodservice workers, students, and producers are trained in farm to school nutrition, education and gardening activities

Community Economic Development
PRIORITY OUTCOME

Local and statewide economic impact

INDICATOR

Increase in market opportunities/income generation for local producers, processors, and distributors through sales to school districts

PRIORITY OUTCOME

Social capital built in school districts and the community

INDICATOR

Mutually supportive relationships result in access to resources shared between community and school districts

PRIORITY OUTCOME

State agency support for local and regional foods

INDICATOR

State agency programs and procurement policies support local and regional foods

Environmental Quality
PRIORITY OUTCOME

Schools support environmentally friendly practices

INDICATOR

School gardens support diverse natural food environments