Willamette Farm & Food Coalition
The Willamette Farm and Food Coalition is actively educating Lane County kids about where their food comes from, providing their families with resources to access fresh, locally grown foods, and working to incorporate locally grown produce into the meals served in our schools.
THE GOALS OF WFFC’S FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM
We provide a comprehensive educational program to second through fifth grade students in the Bethel, Eugene 4J, and Springfield School Districts. We work with the schools in the Eugene/Springfield area which have the highest percentage of students in poverty. Many of the students we serve don’t have access to adequate food at home and don’t have exposure to farms or gardens. Students participate in the following activities:
Farm Field Trips
Students visit local farms and have the opportunity to taste fresh produce in the field, help with a farm task, and harvest produce to bring back to school.
Students prepare a snack or meal together with food they harvested on their farm field trip.
Students help to plant, tend and harvest vegetables. These activities are implemented in collaboration with The School Garden Project of Lane County.
Lessons focus on the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables. These activities were developed in collaboration with staff from Oregon State University’s Nutrition Education program.
During lunch time in the cafeteria students visit our special Tasting Table offering fresh locally grown vegetables from the farm they visited.
In this video, students from River Road/El Camino del Rio visit the Small Farmers Project and Thistledown Farm:
Local songwriter, John Pitney, has created a great song for WFFC’s Farm to School Program, sharing experiences of students who have participated over the years. The song was sung by fifth graders at River Road/El Camino del Rio Elementary School in Eugene. Listen and follow along with the lyrics!
Through our new Family Outreach Program we are increasing low-income families exposure and access to fresh, locally grown foods by offering field trips, supplemental food and resources. Families participate in the following activities:
Information for Farmers:
There is an opportunity to get the food that you grow into the mouths of school children in Lane County! It’s not easy or hugely profitable, but it can be a new market for your crops and help connect kids with the source of their food.
Here is document to help you get started, if you are interested. Click here.
Willamette Farm and Food Coalition serves as Oregon State Lead for the National Farm to School Network (NFSN), serving as a liaison to the NFSN and providing technical assistance and support to farm to school and school garden programs throughout Oregon. We serve in a leadership role with the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network providing networking and information sharing opportunities for programs throughout the state. Our Program Director, Megan Kemple, was selected to be a U.S. delegate to Slow Food International’s Terra Madre in Turin, Italy in October 2012, an honor for food movement leaders.
The Willamette Farm and Food Coalition’s Farm to School Program would like to thank the following local businesses and organizations for their generous support:
A Healing Space
Northwest Community Credit Union
Organically Grown Company
Pacific Continental Bank
PacificSource Health Plans
SELCO Community Credit Union
Slow Food Eugene
Sperry Tree Care
United Methodist Women
The Kiva, Friendly Street Market, Sundance, Capella, Red Barn, New Frontier and Eugene Local Foods all made generous donations to WFFC’s Farm to School Program this year, with profits from sales of Farm to School Fuji apples. We appreciate their support and the support of those of you who supported the program by purchasing apples!
The Farm to School Program is an AmeriCorps program.
If you are interested in learning more about the Farm to School Program or getting involved as a volunteer - please contact Molly Bullock, Education and Family Outreach Coordinator, at 541-246-1610.
MAKE A CONTRIBUTION!
Become a donating member of the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition.
Contribute online through PayPal by clicking below (please indicate Farm to School Program)
Or mail your contributions to:
Willamette Farm and Food Coalition
P.O. Box 41672
Eugene, OR 97404-0389
Please make checks payable to WFFC and put "Farm to School Program" on the memo line.
WFFC is a 501c(3) organization and we will send you a receipt for tax purposes.
FARM TO SCHOOL RESOURCE LINKS: