National Farm to School Month engaging students

In partnership with FoodCorps and the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Food Roots’ robust farm to school programs have served over 1000 Tillamook County K-12 students since 2011.

A student from Nestucca Valley Elementary tasting carrot top pesto from the garden
A student from Nestucca Valley Elementary tasting carrot top pesto from the garden

Farm to School at Food Roots incorporates standards-based school garden lessons, nutrition education, and access to local food programs to several school districts. With the help of dedicated community volunteers, school staff, local businesses and partners, Food Roots has expanded countywide farm to school partnerships.

Over the past decade, the farm to school movement has exploded across the United States, reaching millions of students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. From school gardens and farm field trips to local food on cafeteria trays, farm to school practices help children learn about where food comes from and make healthier choices while also creating new markets for local and regional farmers.

Here in Oregon, we have even more special achievements to celebrate!

  • Oregon is the first state to have full time, funded farm to school positions in both the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Education.
  • Over 1/3 of Oregon schools receive school lunches from local farms around the state.
  • Over half the 200 school districts in Oregon participate in edible education (school gardens, garden to classroom nutrition activities) totaling over 600 school gardens.

In Tillamook County, several schools provide engaging farm to school activities in the garden, classroom, cafeteria, or all three:

  • East Elementary School
  • Tillamook Early Learning Center
  • Tillamook High School
  • Garibaldi Grade School
  • Nestucca Valley Elementary
  • Wilson River High School
  • Nehalem Elementary School

Countywide Farm to School events:

Nestucca students planting a winter cover crop.
Nestucca students planting a winter cover crop.

Food Roots & East Elementary School Staff, administrators, students and their families gathered at East Elementary Wednesday, October 21st for an evening of games, activities and brain teasers focused around Oregon specialty crops. Students demonstrated their knowledge of these concepts by making their own “seasonal salads,” categorizing fruits and veggies by plant part type, and exploring the history of Oregon agriculture. Special thanks to our friends at Fat Dog Pizza, Mt. Hebo Produce, Safeway, and FoodCorps for providing support and delicious food to enjoy.

To learn more, get involved and support your local farm to school programs by volunteering, donating, or providing other services please contact Food Roots by visiting our website www.foodrootsnw.org or calling our office at (503) 815-2800.

For more information on nationwide statistics, programs and the history of the farm to school movement, please visit foodcorps.org and farmtoschool.org






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