Farm to School Program
Nutrition Services is commited to purchasing local food items from Oregon and Washington in an effort to ensure better overall food quality with increased nutritional benefits. Last school year, we spent a good chunk of change on local purchases; $1,450,786.00 to be exact.
We believe that our local purchases have helped to stimulate the local and regional economies, and have improved our student's health and nutrition by increasing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables purchased from area farmers. The quality has been superb!
Recent Local Purchases
Terra Nova Student Farmers sample their harvest and share important growing information with Bonny Slope students
Visit our INSTAGRAM Page
USDA Farm to School Fact Sheets
Our Farm to School Partnership with Eco-Trust of Portland - "Connecting small and mid-size farmers with large institutions like schools is a major thrust of Ecotrust's food and farms work. In our farm to school work, we partner with a wide range of school districts, focusing on low-income schools and preschools to ensure that all children have access to healthy, local food. And we advocate for policies that strengthen Oregon’s agricultural economy and create local jobs." Follow the link below for additional information on the great work that they are doing statewide.
During the summer, local farms/farmer markets can supply us with many different varieties of fresh produce. Wondering where to go to find healthy, kid friendly recipes to incorporate these beautiful fruits and veggies into your meal plan? Check out the OSU Extension Service's FOOD HERO Website for exciting recipes that have been kid tested! Their website also has links to some great coloring sheets and monthly electronic magazines to keep your kids busy all summer!
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