Happy Farm to School Month!

It's October and we're thrilled to celebrate Farm to School Month and share celebrations around the state!

This Thursday, October 5th, and throughout the month, students and communities will be participating in the first annual Oregon Farm to School Crunch by crunching into local, seasonal fruits or vegetables at the same time together. So far, over 30,000 young people are registered to participate! Thanks to everyone who is participating!
Find out more about events this month and share your events below!

Farm to School Month Calendar, October 2023

Date: Throughout the Month

Location: Portland, Multnomah

Event: Grow Portland is partnering with 14 local schools to celebrate farm to school month with an abundance of local apples from Hood River! All of their 6,000 students will also be focusing on plant part lessons and eating plenty of fresh fruits and veggies from their gardens.

Date: October 5th

Location: Statewide!

Event: The Oregon Farm to School Crunch!

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Date: October 5

Location: Central Point

Event: Farm Field Trip!

Students at Patrick Elementary in Central Point are taking a field trip to Hanley Farm!


Date: October 6, 9-10pm

Location: Virtual

Event: Tracking Oregon Purchases for Child Nutrition Programs

Are you unsure how to track your Oregon purchases for the farm to CNP grant reports? Wondering if there might be an easier way to track local purchases throughout the year so you can report accurately to ODE?

If we want to sustain and grow funding for farm to school in Oregon, we need accurate data to share with legislators that shows the full picture of local purchases.
We know Child Nutrition Programs don't have extra time for tracking so we're here to offer some tried and true methods to simplify keeping track of your local spending. Join us to learn from experienced school nutrition directors and staff about various ways to track Oregon and local purchases for the Farm to CNP grant program and other purchasing programs!

Date: October 7

Location: Talent, OR

Event: Talent Harvest Festival


Date: October 17

Location: Willamina, OR

Event: From Apples to Zucchini: What Small Growers Need to Know to Sell to Schools

This October, The Oregon Department of Agriculture, along with partners Carrie Sendak, owner of Mama Tee's Farmstead, and Willamina School District Nutrition Services Director, Lynne Shore, are hosting a workshop series for the Farm to School Program. If you are a small diversified fruit or vegetable grower interested in selling directly to a school in your region you won't want to miss this opportunity.

Date: October 20th

Location: Virtual

Event: Northwest Youth Garden Network (NWYGN) Fall Virtual Gathering

The opportunity for networking, building relationships, and being in community with like minded peers is invaluable. There weren't — and to this day still aren’t — many networks for working with demographic of older youth (ages 14-21), until NWYGN!

Join us to learn about promising high school aged school garden programs from Kim Gaffi (she/her)—co-founder of GRuB—and the Jones Valley Teaching Farm. This webinar includes an open forum Q&A.

Date: October 7th, 2022

Location: Logos Public Charter School, Medford.

Event: Harvest Meal: Pizza Making!

October 7, 2-4pm. Logos Public Charter School will use homemade sauce from their garden tomatoes and herb toppings from around the garden to make personal pizzas for every student! Cooked on BBQ grills 🙂


Oregon Farm to School Month Events

Oregon's first ever CRUNCH event taking place on October 5th, 2023!

Over 28 schools and school districts throughout Oregon are signed up to participate. More than  30,000 students will be crunching on a local apple, carrot or other crunchy produce item for Oregon Farm to School Month!

Prairie City School, Prairie City

Jewell School, Seaside

Bend La Pine Schools

Sage Elementary School, Redmond

Luckiamute Valley Charter School, Dallas

Orchard Hill Elementary, Medford

Cesar Chavez, Portland

Willow Wind ClC, Ashland*

Klamath County Schools*

Willamette Primary School, West Linn*

Trillium Creek Primary, West Linn

Sunset Primary, West Linn*


*Indicates different Crunch date

Stafford Primary School, West Linn*

Lowrie Primary School, Wilsonville*

Cedaroak Park Primary School, West Linn*

Boones Ferry Primary, Wilsonville*

Bolton Primary School. West Linn*

Boeckman Creek Primary School, Wilsonville*

M.A. Lynch Elementary, Redmond

Knight Elementary, Canby

Head starts in Grants Pass, Medford, Merlin, Cave Junction, Phoenix, Ashland, Rogue River, Gold Hill

Elementary Schools in Roseburg, South Umpqua & Winston Dillard School Districts

Chenowith Elementary School, The Dalles

Athena Elementary School, Athena

Island City Elementary, La Grande

Phoenix Elementary, Phoenix*

Orchard Hill Elementary, Medford*

Talent Elementary, Talent*

Patrick Elementary, Gold Hill*

Central Point Elementary, Central Point*

Mae Richardson Elementary, Central Point*

Sams Valley Elementary, Central Point*

Jewett Elementary, Central Point*

Redmond School District Schools

Eugene School District Schools

Bend La Pine School District Schools

Looking for inspiration? Check out 2023's Farm to School Month lineup (below)!

Host a site visit!

Farm to School month is more than just a celebration, it's a showcase of the groundbreaking farm to school work happening in Oregon. Invite a Legislator or Administrator to the cafeteria, garden or farm!

Site visits can be powerful tools for sharing the benefits of Farm to School with decision makers. If you are interested in coordinating a visit, we're here to help. Contact Melina@OregonFarmtoSchool.org
In the meantime, check out these resources from the National Farm to School Network:
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Plan a local lunch week!


Celebrate Farm to School Month choosing a week to source over 50% of your ingredients from Oregon grown or produced products!

The "resources for school food" page on our website features a variety of resources from how to procure local, Oregon-grown products to how to prepare lunches that meet meal pattern requirements.
If a whole week feels like a daunting place to start, consider a local lunch day!
When you're ready to promote your local lunch week, we have customizable flyers and social media posts for you to share!