Farm to School Procurement

Umpqua Valley Farm to School is the Regional Procurement Coordinator for Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network. We provide technical assistance to nutrition directors and staff, producers, and those involved in the Oregon Department of Education Farm to CNP Procurement program. Each month, we send an email about the Oregon Harvest of the Month item with availability from farms in our region. We also send periodic emails with availability of other products that farms have abundance of and would like to sell to schools. To be added to our Procurement list, send us an email.

Umpqua Valley Farm to School piloted a Plant a Row program with local farms in 2021 where schools partnered with local farms to plan ahead for planting and ordering. Planning is essential when working with local producers to ensure the quantities that schools need. Contact us to find producers to work with, and check out our video for tips!

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Oregon Harvest for Schools Directory

The Oregon Harvest for Schools Directory is just one way to find producers who are ready to sell to schools. Visit the directory and search by topic. Douglas County has many producers, some who may not be in the directory yet. Please contact us if you’re interested in a specific product and need assistance finding it.

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Oregon Harvest of the Month

Oregon Harvest of the Month is a statewide initiative to feature a different Oregon grown product each month throughout the year. Oregon Department of Education provides materials to help promote Harvest of the Month in schools including posters, newsletters, recipes, videos, and educational materials. Umpqua Valley Farm to School works with local farms to choose products that are available each month so that schools may use their procurement funds to purchase those items for their menus.

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