The OFSSGN connects and supports members of Oregon’s Farm to School community to create a just, equitable food and education system that provides access to healthy, local school meals and food, farm and garden education.
We provide resources, technical assistance, training, networking and policy advocacy, to build a stronger farm to school movement in Oregon.
We envision an Oregon with just and equitable food and education systems, supporting the wellbeing of the diverse network of communities in our state. To us, this means that:
- Every child and family in Oregon has access to healthy, culturally relevant food.
- Our food is grown in a way that is sustainable and nurturing of the environment.
- The people who work the land, and cultivate and prepare food, hold power in the food system, and are valued and cared for.
- Our education system centers and values healthy local food systems.
- Students of all ages are connected to their food and where it comes from.
Future Direction & Strategy Lens
Deep Commitment to Equity, Justice, and Learning
We are committed to addressing racial and social (including economic/educational) inequities within the farm to school movement.
OFSSGN is integrating 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.
Below are OFSSGN’s five core guiding principles that will serve as a lens as we work towards achieving our vision and mission, focused on farm to school and school gardens. These principles will guide the organization’s decision-making, program design, and leadership structure for our work now and in the future.
Our work remains focused on farm-to-school education and local food access in schools across Oregon. We are building a movement. OFSSGN recognizes that this strategic direction will take internal capacity building and a commitment to doing things differently. We know we will learn along the way. We will examine,
evaluate, and update these strategies yearly.
1. Focus on Leadership Development
Outcomes we’re committed to: emerging farm to school leaders are recognized, respected, and resourced. Their voices and approaches are valued.
a. How is this decision, program, or policy supporting, nurturing and/or resourcing
b. Are we considering existing leadership, approaches, and voices that are
marginalized, undervalued, or unseen in dominant culture spaces?
2. Center marginalized stories, voices, and experiences, with a particular focus on young people
Outcomes we’re committed to: Communities and community members who are and have been historically most marginalized, excluded, and oppressed are centered in the work. This includes Black, Indigineous, People of Color, young people, and rural-living people. Burden on those we are centering is managed and minimized.
a. Is youth/young people’s views, voices, and leadership being centered and lifted?
b. Which groups will be most impacted by this decision, program, or policy? Are they being centered?
c. Which groups being impacted are most marginalized, excluded, and oppressed?
Are they being centered?
d. Are we considering and minimizing burden to those most impacted and
marginalized, excluded, and oppressed?
3. Shift Power and Resources
Outcomes we’re committed to: As an advocacy organization that has influence and power regarding funding and resources, we are committed to shifting the inequitable distribution of power and resources to Black, Indigineous, People of Color, and youth led initiatives and farming.
a. What are the resources available?
b. Where is power centered?
c. How are resources and power being shifted and distributed (or not) to Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and youth led initiatives and producers? What about other marginalized, excluded, and oppressed groups?
4. Treating people and land in a healthy way
Outcomes we’re committed to: practices supported by OFSSGN are in service to
environmental sustainability and the well-being of people, and consider these things as
a. How is this decision, program, or policy in service to environmental sustainability and the well-being of people?
b. Are we considering fair labor practices and environmental practices?
c. What are the perspectives of the indigenous communities and other existing stewards of the land?
5. Focus on Systemic Impact
Outcomes we’re committed to: we are addressing root causes and supporting programs
and practices that have lasting, measurable impact.
a. How does this decision, program, or policy address root causes? Do we know what the root causes are?
b. Will this decision, policy, or program bring progress toward goals for the
movement (TBD through state-wide strategic planning)?
c. How are we measuring impact? How will we know we are successful?
We believe this will support families and communities to thrive in many aspects of their lives and in balance with our planet.