Education

Local food by the books - learning in the cafeteria & classroom

Farm to school seeks to support educational outcomes for students by promoting activities that engage children and families in learning about, and developing skills related to eating healthfully and understanding the food system. Farm to school curricula and experiential activities are also a platform to teach core content areas such as science, math, and language arts. Success in this sector is measured via student readiness to learn, engagement, and academic competency, student and adult food literacy, resources allocated to farm to school activities and training, and alignment of activities with state standards.


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Increase food literacy in students in schools

Increase in student knowledge about food and its impact on health, community economics, and the environment

Number of school districts offering farm to school educational activities (such as school gardening, farm field trips, Future Farmers of America, cooking, nutrition and food-based lessons)
At least 106 school districts engaged in F2S educational activities.
Data reported by Oregon Department of Education Farm to School Procurement grantees on their Progress Reports covering the 2017-2018 School Year.
SOURCE
2018
Number of school districts procuring local foods that accompany these purchases with educational activities
Data reported by Oregon Department of Education Farm to School Procurement grantees on their Progress Reports covering the 2017-2018 School Year
SOURCE
2018
Number of schools in Oregon that have an edible garden
Percentage of counties in Oregon with at least one school garden
Have at least one school garden

Do not have any school gardens

Number of schools in Oregon that have an edible garden that is actively used for educational activities
Oregon Harvest for Schools materials: a.) are developed and available for different products including fruits and vegetables, meat, grains, eggs, seafood, beans, and dairy, b.) are downloadable and editable, translated into Spanish, and include space to add producer profiles
Products have had promotional materials developed.
Percentage of school districts that are doing some form of promotion of local foods
Promoting local food purchases

Not promoting local food purchases

Data reported by Oregon Department of Education Farm to School Procurement grantees on their Progress Reports covering the 2017-2018 School Year
SOURCE
2018

Education policy and programs support farm to school activities

Education agencies allocate resources to support farm to school programming

Availability of state funding to districts in the state for food-based, agriculture-based and garden-based educational activities, and to link those activities with local purchasing efforts
$
Approximately 17% of the $15 million state grant funding goes towards educational activities.
House Bill 2579 (2019) and previous allocation by ODE
SOURCE
2019

Education policy and programs support farm to school activities

Teachers, child care educators, foodservice workers, students, and producers are trained in farm to school nutrition, education and gardening activities

The number of garden educators, teachers, foodservice staff, non-profits, and producers reached by professional development/trainings

People received training at the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Summit.
Attendees at the 2018 Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Summits
SOURCE
2018

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