Umpqua Valley Farm to School provides garden-based education in schools throughout the county and is accepting applications from schools now. As part of our education network, your school will participate in hands-on activities in the garden from seed to table. Our educators will teach youth the importance of our food system and how to grow their own food and students will participate in growing food that can be consumed in classes or in the cafeteria as part of the school meal program. Curricula varies based on grade levels but can include plant basics, plate waste studies, agricultural methods that are based on Native American traditions from those who originally inhabited our land, and current agricultural trends, and much more.
Farm Field Trips
Farm field trips are a fun and exciting aspect of our program. Students will have the opportunity to visit local farms and learn what a day in the life of a farmer looks like while performing hands-on tasks related to farming. If students visit while crops can be harvested, they will have the opportunity to take produce back to schools or home and prepare a recipe with them.
Seed to Table
Seed to table is an important aspect of our program and one that youth are especially excited to participate in. Some schools have cooking carts that can be utilized when preparing recipes in the classroom. When produce is grown from seeds that the students planted, they will prepare healthy recipes in class and taste what they’ve grown!