Umpqua Valley Farm to School

Empowering youth with knowledge and skills to create a healthy, equitable, and just food system.

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A Healthier Future

FARM TO SCHOOL enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education sites.

Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons, and farm field trips. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.

Oregon has over 730 school gardens and an annual Farm to School budget of $10 million which goes towards purchasing local foods and serving over 312,000 kids. 93% of school lunches served in Oregon include local foods.

Why Farm to School?


Farm to school provides all kids access to nutritious, high-quality, local food so they are ready to learn and grow. Farm to school activities enhance classroom education through hands-on learning related to food, health, agriculture and nutrition.


Farm to school can serve as a significant financial opportunity for farmers, fishers, ranchers, food processors and food manufacturers by opening doors to an institutional market worth billions of dollars.


Farm to school benefits everyone from students, teachers and administrators to parents and farmers, providing opportunities to build family and community engagement. Buying from local producers and processors creates new jobs and strengthens the local economy.


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