Market Access

​​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.

  1. Education 
  2. Procurement 
  3. 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. 

Food Safety Requirements to Sell to Schools

Equipment and Infrastructure Grant Program​

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is pleased to announce the Oregon Farm to School Equipment and Infrastructure Grant Program. The goal of this competitive grant program is to provide financial resources for Oregon farmers, ranchers, seafood harvesters, and processors with specific equipment and infrastructure needs, and who intend to sell food produced or processed in Oregon to any of the following food sponsors:

  • A school district participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP);
  • A provider of center-based programs for children in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); and
  • An entity that provides meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
The Oregon Department of Agriculture's Farm to School Equipment and Infrastructure Grant Cycle is now open! 

Important dates and deadlines

Event​​​ ​​Date
​Open request for applications (RFA) ​January 16, 2020
​Webinar - Outreach #1
Farm to School Equipment and Infrastructure Grant
January 21 webinar recording
​January 21, 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am
​Webinar - Outreach #2
Farm to School Equipment and Infrastructure Grant
February 5 webinar recording 

​February 5, 2020
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
​Last day to ask questions about RFA ​March 4, 2020
​RFA closes ​March 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm (PST)
Screen Applications for Qualifying Proposals
​March 10 - 13, 2020
​Proposals reviewed by Grant Evaluation Committee ​March 14 - 27, 2020
​Meet with Director Taylor for final selection ​March 27 - April 15, 2020
​Awards announced April 20, 2020​

Program guidelines

Please read the Farm to School Equipment and Infrastructure Grant Guidelines 
carefully before completing the application materials below. For additional information, please review the Farm to School Frequently Asked Questions.

Oregon School Nutrition Association Farm to School Showcase

The Oregon School Nutrition Association (OSNA) Farm to School Showcase is on Saturday March 14, 2020.Thank you for your interest in the 2020 OSNA Farm to School Showcase.  The registration is full for this event.  Please check back in February 2021 for registration materials for next year.

This event draws nearly 400 school food buyers from around across Oregon. Each school district in Oregon is allocated farm to school grant funds to spend on Oregon Grown and Processed products and this is a great opportunity to showcase what Oregon products you have and to network with many school nutrition professionals. We have reduced the booth cost of this food show to accommodate Oregon businesses and farms.


​Contact​

Amy Gilroy
Farm to School Program Manager
Alt Phone: 503-709-5360

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