Our Farm to School program makes connections between our food system and our school system. We work directly with school districts to procure and promote locally grown foods. Our program is working to increase the use of local foods, encourage our children to make healthy eating choices and support regional farmers.
- Local, sustainably produced food on school menus
- Food literacy for all children
- Thriving local farms
- A garden at every school
Learn more about our Farm to School projects!
CORVALLIS FARM TO SCHOOL WEBINAR
Want to learn more about Corvallis Farm to School? On February 26th, 2013, Farm to School Coordinator Sara McCune and the Edible Corvallis Initiative director Jen Brown hosted a webinar that was open to the public. View the webinar to learn about the efforts the Corvallis School District is making to purchase local produce, our programs that engage Corvallis students and families, and ways that you can get involved. You can also listen to the question and answer session that followed the 30 minute webinar. To view the webinar, click HERE
Our Farm to School staff works directly with the Corvallis School District Food Services to bring Oregon-grown foods to school cafeterias. We source local food, work with farmers, develop seasonal menus, train food service staff, and track purchases.
Tasting tables offer students and staff a chance to try a local fruit or vegetable and learn about a local farm each month. Currently our Farm to School Tasting Tables are held monthly in all public elementary schools and middle schools in the Corvallis School District, and are soon expanding to Monroe, Philomath, and Alsea. Family newsletters and activity ideas help familes and teachers expand on the tasting table at home and in the classroom. Find out more about our Tasting Table program HERE.
Our Farm to School educational programs connect changes in the cafeteria to the classroom and beyond. Programs are offered in classroom and garden settings, and link food, nutrition, and gardening to science, health and social studies curricula. Check out these current programs for kids:
- FARM FIELD TRIPS
- SUMMER FOOD ADVENTURE CAMPS
- FAMILY MORNINGS IN THE GARDEN
- FARM FRESH COOKING CLUBS
- FOOD ADVENTURES in the Classroom
School gardens enrich student learning and help children develop a positive, lasting relationship with healthy food and the outdoors. The Edible Corvallis Initiative is facilitating the new Corvallis School Garden Network! Want to become a member or want more information? Email email@example.com.
Our Farm to School program is proud to host a FoodCorps member. FoodCorps is a national service program associated with AmeriCorps that strives to address childhood obesity and food insecurity in communities around the country. FoodCorps members dedicate one year of full-time public service in school food systems–sourcing healthy local food for school cafeterias, delivering hands-on nutrition education programs, and building and tending school gardens.
Meet Amoreena Treff, our 2011-2013 FoodCorps member