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Oregon Farm to School Month Events

Check out the variety of Farm to School Month events happening throughout the state!

If you have an event to share, submit it to our calendar!

Date: Throughout the Month

Location: Deck Family Farm. Junction City, Lane County.

Event: Throughout the month of October Deck Family farm is selling pasture raised meats to schools!

Date: October 1

Location: Fry Family Farm. Jackson County.

Event: RVF2S Benefit Concert: Turnip the Beet!

Kick-off Farm to School month by attending Rogue Valley Farm to School's annual benefit concert- sponsored by Fry Family Farm and The Rogue Suspects, Southern Oregon's premier band for over 20 years! Food and drinks will be available for purchase, as well as fresh pressed apple juice, made during the concert.

This is a family friendly event, and children will receive free entrance with a ticketed adult. Each $35 ticket comes with a free drink and raffle tickets will be sold at the event.

100% of the proceeds go to support Rogue Valley Farm to School, a non-profit bringing garden and nutrition education to local elementary schools and providing support and advocacy to get fresh regional produce into our cafeterias.

Purchase your tickets here.

Date: October 2, 2-4pm

Location: Thimbleberry Collaborative Farm. Gresham, OR, Multnomah County.

Event: Preserving the Harvest

Join the Thimbleberry Collaborative Farm on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-4pm to learn about preserving farm-fresh produce. You’ll harvest some veggies together and then quick-pickle cucumbers and ferment cabbage. The workshop will be offered on a sliding scale, starting at $10/ person. Hope to see you there!

Date: October 15th

Location: Thimbleberry Collaborative Farm. Gresham, OR, Multnomah County.

Event: First Annual Harvest Celebration

The Thimbleberry Collaborative Farm will be celebrating their first season of donating produce and hosting educational programs at their farm. They have had several workshops so far and are about to start field trips with students from Gresham Barlow School District! Your ticket will include dinner, drinks, live music, and activities. Proceeds will help fund next year’s educational program at Thimbleberry Collaborative Farm.

Date: October 27th

Location: OSU Extension & Klamath County Schools Klamath Falls

Event: Klamath County Crunch at Once.

This annual Farm to School event features locally grown carrots at lunch in cafeterias throughout the Klamath County School district.

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Join a Working Group!

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion + Justice in F2S Curriculum

Our first project is to better understand how to integrate traditional foods/ first foods education into farm to school and school garden lessons. We will look into what resources are available from Oregon tribes and how we might decolonize some of the commonly used garden lessons and find connections to the Oregon Tribal History, Shared History curriculum. 

Policy Working Group

The 2023 legislative session is just around the corner and we will be working hard to secure $10.2 million for the Oregon Farm to School Grant Program. Meetings begin in November. 

To join either working group email Melina

OFSSGN is hiring! Equity, Diversity, Inclusion + Justice Advisor

The Oregon Farm to School & School Garden Network (OFSSGN)  is committed to addressing racial and social (including economic/educational) inequities within the farm to school movement. OFSSGN works to integrate equity and justice principles and practices into all areas of the organization’s programming and spheres of influence. This means welcoming and engaging in difficult conversations, embracing the discomfort of facing our own complicity in systemic oppression, and continuously integrating our learning into our policies, programs, and practices.

 

In 2019 OFSSGN DEI Committee conducted an Organizational Self Assessment that was used to inform our strategic plan and program work. Then, in 2020 the OFSSGN created a Strategy Lens grounded in JEDI principles that we are working towards using across the organization in decision making, prioritization, program development and implementation. 

The OFSSGN’s DEI (now JEDI) Committee has been inactive without leadership since 2020. We are seeking an Equity Advisor to support the revitalization of the JEDI Committee and facilitate committee leadership in applying our Strategy Lens to our goals and activities. 

These goals include: 

  • Increase racial, cultural, geographic, generational, and economic diversity of OFSSGN stakeholders, members, staff and leadership
  • Build more equitable partnerships and trust with communities that are most marginalized, excluded, and oppressed by listening to and integrating  priorities identified by these communities.
  • Establish leadership opportunities for emerging leaders in farm to school movement with emphasis on youth, marginalized populations and rural-living population.
  • Advocate with equity at forefront, particularly with a focus on shifting funding and resources to and centering the voices of communities and people who face the most disparities.
  • Foster and build an inclusive and multicultural organization

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with staff, stakeholders and committee member on the creation of JEDI committee structure and application for prospective committee members
  • Support the review of applications for JEDI committee
  • Plan, facilitate and convene monthly or bimonthly JEDI committee meetings
  • Attend quarterly OFSSGN Steering Committee meetings and share JEDI Committee update
  • Attend annual OFSSGN in-person gathering and offer equity update and/ or guided workshop or conversation as needed
  • Convene periodic open-spaces for BIPOC farm/ garden educators and child nutrition program staff and food producers.

Apply here!

Please fill out all sections of this form. For ease, we recommend having your answers ready to cut and paste into the form. To attach your resume, you can either paste, link, or upload it. Alternatively, if you prefer you may apply by sending answers to the following questions and a current resume by email to Melina Barker -- melina@oregonfarmtoschool.org.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion + Justice Advisor

Please fill out all sections of this form. For ease, we recommend having your answers ready to cut and paste into the form. To attach your resume, you can either paste, link, or upload it. Alternatively, if you prefer you may apply by sending answers to the following questions and a current resume by email to Melina Barker -- melina@oregonfarmtoschool.org.
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Northwest Youth Garden Network (NWYGN)

A Network for working with youth ages 14-21.

Visit the NWYGN website to learn more and connect with other youth garden educators.