The Farm to School Program works to connect Oregon farmers, ranchers, seafood harvesters, and food processors with school cafeterias, early child care centers, and summer meal sites. This enables more Oregon agricultural products to be served in the lunch line. It also helps connect youth to food production through school gardens, field trips to farms and ranches, and grower visits to the classroom.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the National Farm to School Network recognize the core elements of Farm to School.
- School gardens
Farm to School programs:
- serve locally grown, raised, harvested or processed foods in school cafeterias,
- improve student nutrition,
- provide agriculture, health, and nutrition education opportunities; and
- support Oregon’s agricultural economy.
ODA partners with the Oregon Department of Education to implement the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Program.
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