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The Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network (OFSSGN) supports farm to school and school garden stakeholders in their work to incorporate healthy, local food into school meals and to implement farm- and garden-based education. We provide resources, technical assistance, training, networking opportunities, and advocacy for Oregon’s farm to school and school garden community. 

Together, we’re bringing more money to Oregon farmers, providing healthy local food in school meals, and educating kids about where their food comes from and how it’s grown!  Since 2011, the OFSSGN and our partners have successfully advocated for over $25 million in state funding for grants to Oregon schools to purchase Oregon foods and to provide farm and garden-based education, and we have convened regular Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Conferences, which draw nearly 400 participants from across the state.

For questions about our programs, including technical assistance, resources, and networking opportunities, please contact Melina Barker, Program Coordinator:  melina(at)oregonfarmtoschool.org or (541) 890-7004.

For other questions about the organization, please contact Megan Kemple, Director: megan(at)oregonfarmtoschool.org or (541) 344-4329.

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Support Our Work

We can’t do it without you!  The OFSSGN relies on the support of  individuals, businesses, schools and organizations invested in farm to school and school gardens throughout Oregon. Membership benefits include discounts for OFSSGN events and the right to post to the OFSSGN email list. Download this Membership Form to join OFSSGN now

Send a check payable to OFSSGN with "OFSSGN membership" or "OFSSGN donation" in the memo.  Mail to: CPRCD, 847 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330.

Contribute to the OFSSGN through the PayPal Giving Fund using your PayPal account. With the Giving Fund, no fees are assessed by PayPal.  

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The Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network is a project of Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation and Development, which is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

For questions about memberships, donations or sponsorshipscontact Megan Kemple, Director:  megan(at)oregonfarmtoschool.org or (541) 344-4329.

OFSSGN Logo design by Jules Montes

Thanks to Our Sponsors!


Whole Foods Market

Oregon Department of Education Farm to School

Oregon Department of Agriculture

Kaiser Permanente

Portland Nursery

KinderCare Education

Stahlbush Island Farms

Durable Greenbed

Camas Country Mill

Umi Organic

Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council

Dayton Natural Meats

Organically Grown Company

Evaluation is needed for transformation

Oregon's farm to school movement cannot set goals or measure progress without data to show us where we're at. In 2013 the OFSSGN set to work identifying priorities and available data at a statewide level to measure the impact of our work. We were fortunate that a framework for evaluating the impact of farm to school, informed by multiple stakeholders and vetted by experts, was soon to be published by the National Farm to School Network. View the full framework here. We used this framework to inform our own efforts to measure and categorize our success. We were also fortunate that the USDA Farm to School Census had started to provide data for many aspects of farm to school in Oregon, and Oregon partners had begun collecting data via Oregon's farm to school and school garden grant program.

Oregon's farm to school data

The USDA Farm to School Census provides one source of data for many Oregon school districts for measures such as how districts define local, the amount of dollars invested in local foods, and types of local foods purchased. First launched in the 2011-12 school year and repeated every two years, the census provides a reliable snapshot of many aspects of farm to school in Oregon. The state of Oregon also collects data from all recipients of its farm to school and school garden grant program. The data collected on these districts is broad and includes total dollars spent on local products, number of educational activities conducted, and more. Data available from other sources helps to fill in holes in the census and state grant data. For example, the Oregon Department of Education tracks school gardens at every single school in the state.

Oregon's evaluation framework


In line with the National Farm to School Network’s evaluation framework, Oregon's data is categorized into four broad sectors with the potential to influence outcomes for farm to school: Community Economic DevelopmentEducationPublic Health, and Environmental Quality. For each of these Sectors, there are identified Priority Outcomes, which are the short- and long-term changes or benefits that result from farm to school activities. Each of these outcome has an associated set of Indicators that reflect how a system is working and can help us understand causes of problems as well as ways to address them. Each Indicator has a set of Measures that help show how an indicator changes over time. Measures are the part of our evaluation framework where we collect, analyze, and display data that support the Indicators and Priority Outcomes in each Sector. To download a word document of this website's entire framework, click here. This website displays measures for which we have accurate and reliable data at a statewide level. We also have a list of over 35 measures for which we still lack adequate statewide data. View those Data Gaps here. This project has been funded at least in part with federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Public Health

Students and their families access locally produced, healthy food through schools and preschools


Student access to local, healthy foods in schools and preschools


State government program and policy environments support local, healthy food access in schools for children


Student and family preferences for local, healthy foods


Family and adult access to local, healthy foods from farm to school program activities


Increase food literacy in students in schools


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


Education policy and programs support farm to school activities


Education agencies allocate resources to support farm to school programming


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


Farm to school activities are aligned to Early Learning Framework, the Common Core, or state content standards to support student engagement and learning


Sites offer a range of learning opportunities aligned to support learning skills and content areas

Community Economic Development

Local and statewide economic impact


Increase in market opportunities/income generation for local producers, processors, and distributors through sales to school districts


Social capital built in school districts and the community


Mutually supportive relationships result in access to resources shared between community and school districts


State agency support for local and regional foods


State agency programs and procurement policies support local and regional foods

Environmental Quality

Schools support environmentally friendly practices


School gardens support diverse natural food environments


School district purchase of sustainably produced foods


Students are enviornmentally literate through engagement in farm to school activities


Increase in student knowledge about the relationship between the environment and food systems, including environmental impacts of food production, processing distribution and waste or composting