March is the month of the broccoli harvest!  Springtime is when we plant broccoli seeds in the greenhouse and starts in the garden.  Its time from seed to harvest is about 100-150 days, so we want to plant early to ensure a summer harvest!  You may see broccoli in your local grocery store all year, but it is most in-season in the late spring and summer time.  There are so many healthy and flavorful meals you can make from broccoli, and the Oregon State University Extension’s Food Hero has some yummy recipes listed in this month’s newsletter.  Read more about broccoli, along with recipes to incorporate it into your meals this month below.

 

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From November 15 to December 15, we’ve set a goal of raising $1000 through SeedMoney

to purchase seeds, supplies, and a camera and editing software. Now more than ever, it’s important to provide youth with hands-on lessons so they can step away from screens and work with their hands. If we reach our goal, we will purchase the equipment so we can make short, instructional lessons to go along with kits we will send home with families so they can garden at home. Please consider sharing and donating! Our work cannot be done without the support of the community we live in, and we thank you!

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October is National Farm to School Month

A month dedicated to recognizing and shining a spotlight on the accomplishments, success stories, and connections fostered from connecting kids, families, and communities to healthy, local, foods and garden education that farm to school programs are providing within schools across Oregon.

This month is a time to celebrate the connections created through farm to school programs across right here in our local communities in Southern Oregon. Times look a bit different right now but now more than ever
Umpqua Valley Farm to School believes in the importance of continuing to adapt and mold to our ever-changing world, which seems like new changes every day right now, with the mission to continue to provide food and garden education to kids and families.

Throughout the month of October, Umpqua Valley Farm to School has organized a booth at the local Umpqua Valley Farmers Market, along with a few other fundraising opportunities. Keep reading to find out those happenings and events!

 

October Farm to School Events 

Starting Saturday, October 10th Umpqua Valley Farm to School will have a booth open to the public at the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market. We will be there the following four Saturday’s in October, providing fun garden project kits, free activities for the kids, and even a raffle basket full of goodies from various vendors at the market. We will be selling raffle tickets each of the Saturday’s in October we are at the market, for a chance to win a basket filled with $300 dollars worth of donations from other vendors at the farmer’s market. The basket raffle winner will be drawn the last Saturday  at the market in October. That October 31st (Halloween) in case you want to throw it on your calendar. Be sure to head down to the market to sign up before.

We have partnered with several local restaurants  who will be donating a portion of sale throughout the month of October to local farm to school programs. Those restaurants include:

* Logger’s Pizza and Tap House will be featuring a special pizza of the month- created by our very own Umpqua Valley Farm to School. The pizza will be a featured special of the month and includes loads of fresh local ingredients. A portion o of the pizza purchases will be donated to farm to school programs.

 

As fall makes it’s way in and we begin our transition into October and all things fall, be sure to check out all of the fun ways to get yourself and the family involved in supporting National Farm to School Month.

October is National Farm to School month and it is also National Pumpkin Month. Oregon State University Extension’s Food Hero hub explains the various and delicious ways to enjoy pumpkin this month. Follow the link to read the full newsletter.