$10.2 million secured for Oregon's Farm to School Grant Program!
The Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network and our stakeholders worked hard to maintain funding for Oregon’s Farm to School Grant Program during the 2021 legislative session. We did it!
In June 2021 the Legislature voted to approve $10.2 million in funding for Oregon’s Farm to School Grant Program! This maintains the current level of funding, with all grant programs intact. Our legislators are indicating that this level is sustainable into the future.
A huge thank you to everyone who endorsed the campaign, met with their legislators, sent them messages, and provided testimony!
And your engagement made a real difference! Your legislators understand the impact the program has for our kids, farmers and communities.
Thank you again for your engagement!
What do the Farm to School Grants fund?
Oregon Food: school districts, summer meal programs and Head Start and other center-based early childcare and education sites purchase Oregon foods, through an opt-in grant program for all districts and a competitive grant program for districts that are making the most impactful, healthy purchases;
Education: districts and partner organizations educate children about food and agriculture;
Infrastructure and Equipment: producers meet the needs of schools, and increase their capacity to sell to schools and other institutions
Technical assistance: state-wide and regional partners provide technical assistance, training and resources to farm to school stakeholders and address barriers and challenges supporting success state-wide.
Farm to School and School Gardens are needed now more than ever!
Farm to School Grants provide funding for schools to purchase healthy, local foods, prioritizing purchases from producers of color, supporting much needed economic relief and recovery.
Farm to School is leveraging and keeping millions of federal dollars in Oregon, and at the same time providing Oregon fruits, vegetables, meats, beans, grains and dairy to hungry kids and families.
Students who have been learning virtually all year need to get back into school gardens for their health and mental well-being, connection to nature and hands-on learning.
Farm to School is a win, win, win! Supporting kids, farms and communities!
For more information, contact:
Melina Barker, Director
Oregon Farm to School & School Garden Network
1000 Friends of Oregon
Adrian School District No. 61
Ashland Food Co-op
Bend LaPine Schools
Black Oregon Land Trust
Black Tansy Farm
Blue Zones Project-Umpqua
Bountiful Bethel Neighborhood Farm
Capaces Leadership Institute
Centennial School District
Central Curry School District 1
Central Oregon Health Council
Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC)
Central Point School District 6
Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation Dist.
College Hill High School’s Urban Farm program
Come Thru Market
Corvallis Environmental Center
Curry Watersheds Partnership
Dancing Roots Farm
Dayton School District S8
Deck Family Farm
Familias en Acción
Farmers Ending Hunger
Farmers Market Fund
FOOD for Lane County
Fort George Brewery
Friends of Family Farmers
Fry Family Farm
Garden Farms of Oregon
Genuine Wallowa County
Gervais School District
Good Rain Farm
Gorge Grown Food Network
Green Heart Garden
GreenGold Dairy LLC
Hillsboro School District 1J
Holley Elementary, Holley Hawk Garden Club
Hood River County School District
James Beard Public Market
Kings Valley Charter School
La Colectiva de La Comida
La Grande School District
Learning Gardens Lab at PSU
Lebanon Community Schools
Luckiamute Valley Charter School
Malheur County Cattlemen's Association
Marion Polk Food Share
McMinnville School District #40
My Brothers' Farm
Neskowin Valley School
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides
Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children
Oregon Beef Council
Oregon Cattlemen's Association
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association
Oregon Farmers Market Association
Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Head Start Association
Oregon Organic Coalition
Oregon Trail SD 46
Organically Grown Company
Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
Phoenix School of Roseburg
Pickled Planet LLC
Portland Public Schools
Prairie City School District #4
Rogue Farm Corp
Rogue Valley Farm To School
Sakari Farms LLC
School Garden Project of Lane County
Sherman County School District
Slow Food Portland
St. Helens School District
Stanfield School District
Supa Fresh Youth Farm
Sustainable LivinĀ Center
The Curriculum of Cuisine
The Environmental Center
Tillamook County Creamery Association
Umatilla School District
Umpqua Valley Farmers Market
Valley Flora Farm
White Oak Farm & Education Center
Willamette Farm and Food Coalition
Willamina School District 30J