TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, RESOURCES AND TRAINING
Increase our stakeholders’ capacity to effectively incorporate healthy, local food into school meals and implement food-, farm-, and garden-based education.
Establish leadership opportunities for emerging leaders in farm to school movement with emphasis on youth, marginalized populations and rural-living populations.
EVALUATION AND DEMONSTRATION OF IMPACT
We evaluate the true impact of farm to school programs in Oregon. We maintain the Oregon Farm to School Counts website that documents the impact of Oregon's farm to school programs and makes the data accessible to stakeholders and the community. We conduct outreach on behalf of existing farm to school and school garden programs, sharing their impact at events in Oregon and nationally.
Maintain state funding for the strategic, comprehensive Farm to School Grant Program, to provide consistent, sustainable funding for OFSSGN and programs on the ground.
INCLUSIVE AND EQUITABLE PROGRAMS
Ensure that the students, families and farms who are involved in and benefit from farm to school and school garden programs in Oregon are engaged in the leadership and development of our programs.
We foster and nurture a network of people, organizations, and food providers through an equitable farm-to-school approach that incorporates healthy, local food into school meals and food-, farm-, and garden-based education. We do this by:
- Being a convener, bridger, and networker of people, organizations, and food providers to ensure we are addressing the food justice issues from a holistic perspective and being led by those doing the work.
- Centering youth and their needs through programming. We see schools and educators as key leaders in the path towards food justice.
- Shifting power and resources to BIPOC lead and community lead initiatives and farming.
- Promoting, advocating for, and supporting culturally relevant programming and representation.
- Serving as an advocate for the network's goals in the policy realm.