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Oregon Farm to School & School Garden Network (FSSGN) actively supports farm to school initiatives and policy action, and includes state agencies, food service directors, farmers, teachers, parents, school gardeners and community-based organizations. We meet at least once a year.   Here are the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network's goals
 
Measuring our Impact study outcomes: A project led by ECOTRUST to measure the farm to school impact in Oregon.
 
One of the most frequently asked questions we get are "how did Oregon Create two Agency positions for farm to school?"  And,  "how did Oregon get such a big grant started?"  this History of Oregon Farm to School document has been written and re-edited over the years detailing our journey.
 
We get questions about FoodCorps from time to time. What is this organization, and how can my site become a service site? See here for two resources that will help you learn more about this program:
FoodCorps Oregon Factsheet
FoodCorps Oregon Service Site Info
BOOK LIST: 400 titles! Children's books dealing with fruits, vegetables & gardening!
 
National Gardening Association / Kids Gardening
  

Growing Gardens in Portland, Oregon - Garden-based education and School Garden Coordinator training
 
Schoolyard Farms in the Portland area - Garden-based education and summer garden camps

Growing School Gardens TERRIFIC resource for school gardens. See archived webinars such as "school gardens vs. summer vacation" and  "winter planning for the spring school garden" 

Oregon State University Extension Master Gardeners: A list of Extension offices for each County in Oregon. A great place to start to get technical questions about gardening answered in your area 
 
Denver has a unique Youth Farmer's Market program at their schools where students learn how to grow, harvest, and sell their produce to the public. Check out their Farmer's Market Handbook
 

FUNDING

In no particular order.  Not all grants are currently open, tour the links below to learn more.

USDA Grants and Loans Chart.   Handy chart that shows all the USDA Grants available to which groups.

Lowe’s   The fall 2017 Small Toolbox for Education grant cycle will open August 7, 2017. 

The Home Depot | The Home Depot Foundation - Grants
Learn about The Home Depot Foundation's grant programs: Community Impact Grants and Veteran Housing Grants.

Safer® Brand School Garden Grant:  Safer® Brand is starting an annual school garden grant to help kids build healthy habits through gardening. The $500 grant will be awarded to a school in the United States to start a school garden in 2017. Applications are due December.


Fiskars' Project Orange Thumb Grant:    The grant is closed for 2017, however chek out their website for the next opportunity.  They fund about 30 programs each year


Annie’s natural foods garden grant  will open in October 2017
USDA Community Food Systems Farm to School Grant Program.
Gardeningknowhow.com Grant:  A school and community garden sponsorship program that Gardening Know How is administering.  They are accepting applications until September 30.  This year they will be awarding 10 sponsorships to 10 selected gardens. Each sponsorship will be for $1000.  
Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grants - Honey Bee Grant, School Garden Grant & more. 
 
Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools.  The Chef Ann Foundation presents Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools. This grant is designed to help increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables and create experiential nutrition education when and where students make their food choices: in the cafeteria. The $2,500 one-year grants support food costs to incorporate school-wide fruit and vegetable tastings into the school's nutrition program. Grants will be determined on an ongoing basis depending on available funding.

PRESENTATIONS

 
•Rick Sherman's presentation at the National Children & Youth Garden Symposium July 2014"Implementing a School Garden Food Safety System"
 
•Rick's presentation at the NCYGS July 2014 "Top 10 roadblocks for School Gardens & Their Solution

Family Engagement

 
Family Engagement Materials & Instructions - Start here! Want to take your Farm to School program to the next level? Are you seeing kids respond well to garden education? What if there were materials and guidelines available to better engage their families? Well, here’s your one-stop-shop to find resources available to you so your programming is more holistic!
 

Supporting Materials:

 
Find Your Farmer Activities: 
Halfsheet front strawberries
Halfsheet back strawberries
Teacher’s front strawberries
Teacher’s back strawberries
 

Image of a 1953 postage stamp commemorating the Future Farmers of America

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