Environment

Schools dig nature

Farm to school activities can support practices that build healthy soil, clean air, and clean water in urban, suburban, and rural environments, while impacting participants' ecological ethics. Farm to school activities may also support environmentally sound, sustainable, and just approaches to food production, processing, packaging, transportation, and marketing. Success in this sector is measured via student and adult environmental literacy, environmentally friendly practices in schools, and support for sustainable food production methods and practices. Although there is significant potential, research and data collection related to environmental impacts is nascent. Visit the data gaps page for examples of other environmental measures for which we hope to have data in the future.


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Schools support environmentally friendly practices

School gardens support diverse natural food environments

Percentage of schools that have an edible garden that is actively used for educational activities
Using garden for educational activities

Either don't have, don't use, or haven't reported using garden for educational activities

Oregon Department of Education school garden survey. NOTES: Some of these gardens are located at alternative schools, Head Start sites, etc. Survey respondents did not necessarily indicate that their gardens were edible. A few may have included native gardens, rain gardens, etc. in their responses.
SOURCE
2016

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