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Willamette Farm & Food Coalition

Connecting Farmers and Consumers in Lane County, Oregon

 

National Farm to School Month! October is National Farm to School Month!

October is National Farm to School Month, (yes, officially designated by Congress!) a time to celebrate the connections that are happening between schools and local food!

Farm to school enriches the connection our community has with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips.  In addition to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local farmers and contribute to vibrant communities, a win-win-win scenario! 

Willamette Farm and Food Coalition’s Farm to School Program is in full swing this month with farm field trips, kids cooking with food they’ve harvested themselves on the farm, field trips for families to local farmers markets, and local food served in Lane County schools! 

Whether you are a farmer, a teacher or a food-loving family, there are plenty of ways to celebrate and get involved!  

If you’re interested in supporting WFFC’s Farm to School Program, consider making a donation! 
Or if you’d like to volunteer in the future, contact our staff.

Thanks so much for your support!   Happy National Farm to School Month!

 

Fill Your Pantry!Fill Your Pantry, Nov. 16, 1-5pm

Fill Your Pantry 2014 will be on Nov. 16 from 1-5pm at Lane Events Center, Expo Hall 1. Pre-order now! Pre-ordering runs through November 9th, order early for best availability. SNAP payment accepted. For more information, email us.

Fill Your Pantry community bulk buying events are opportunities for community members to buy large quantities of staple and storage crops direct from farmers. Stock up for the winter on dry beans, whole grains, flours, nuts, honey, root crops, garlic, onions, winter squash and more. Support your farmers while filling your pantry, and know that you are contributing to strengthening our local food system.

This year 13 farms will be offering their products through pre-order sales and day-of sales at the event. Come and learn about storage techniques from the Master Preservers and fill your pantry with food grown by Camas Country Mill, FOOD for Lane County Youth Farm, Honey Tree Apiaries, Honor Earth Farm, Lonesome Whistle Farm, Open Oak, Organic Redneck, SLO Farm, and Winter Green Farm.

 

Oregon Right to Know

Yes on 92

It’s time to cast your vote for the right to know what is in our food! Please take the time to have the discussion with one friend, co-worker, or family member who may be on the fence about this issue. If we all convince just one other person to vote YES on 92, we’ll get this done.

 

 

Sponsor of the Month!

Hummingbird WholesaleHummingbird Wholesale is a longtime supporter of WFFC, and the recent winner of the Oregon Organic Coalition’s Award for Excellence. A small, family owned company, Hummingbird’s business practices are exemplary in their support of and commitment to Oregon farms.

 

 

 

 

Take Root MagazineThe fall issue of Take Root Magazine is now available

The fall issue of Take Root highlights two of our farm friends: Winter Green Farm and Excelsior Farm. In addition to tasty ideas for tomatoes, crab and seaweed, there are articles on basic beekeeping and the Linus Pauling Institute’s Healthy Youth Program in Corvallis. Pick up a copy today. Better yet, subscribe! Or share Take Root with a friend.

View Take Root online.     Subscribe or purchase at these locations.