Farm to School Grant

This Fall, Molalla River School District was awarded over $70,000 in grant funds to support the purchase and promotion of locally grown foods in our school meal program.  Partners in the grant application included the district, OSU Extension Services and our food service provider, Sodexho.  

We believe in our community and we believe in finding creative ways to promote learning.  This grant does both.  Outcomes include health and food education as well as the primary goal of promoting the purchase of locally grown foods.  We expect this work to benefit children, our community and our local economy.

See the Harvest of the Month items for  2014-2015


 


Today marks the beginning of National Farm to School Month! For the next 31 days, schools and preschools across the country will celebrate the local food served in their cafeterias, the gardens in their schoolyards and the food and agriculture education happening in their classrooms. Some will engage with farm to school for the first time; others will enjoy the harvest from years of farm to school success. 

This Farm to School Month, will you help us spread the word about the importance of farm to school and the impact it is having in your community? Here’s how you can get involved: 

  • Visit our Farm to School Month page to find resources and information.
  • #F2SMonth - Use this hashtag in social media posts to share photos and stories about farm to school in your community. 
  • @FarmtoSchool - follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and share our messages with your audience.  
  • Use our Communications Toolkit to spread the word about your farm to school events and successes. 
  • Order promotional materials to wear and share: posters, stickers, aprons and shirts.

Here’s one more reason to get involved: Everyone who fills out a membership form and/or a “Share Form” on our website during October will be entered to win a drawing for $1,000 to spend on a farm to school or farm to preschool project in their community! Five additional drawing winners will also be eligible to apply for a free Project Learning Garden™ lesson kit from Captain Planet Foundation that is valued at $1,000; however, winners must have an existing elementary school garden to qualify. Check out the full contest details.

As a special offer during Farm to School Month, Organic Valley is offering a downloadable coupon for NFSN members only, which can be accessed on our members-only page. Become a member today, then sign in to our website to download your coupon!

The farm to school movement has already seen great success: Farm to school practices are in place at more than 40,000 schools in all 50 states and D.C. and in preschools across the country. This Farm to School Month, help sow the seeds for our next big harvest!