Oregon Department of Education

Farm to School

Getting Started Promoting and Education
For Food Service

For Farmers

For Educators

For Parents & Community Members

Oregon My Plate External Link six lessons for grades K-5

Growing Minds Newsletter External Link - a great resource for Educators from Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom
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Purchasing Resources

Getting Started with Local Purchasing Webinar: April 29, 2013 (with Megan Kemple, Oregon State Lead for the National Farm to School Network, Megan Foucht, FoodHub Membership Coordinator-Ecotrust, and Rick Sherman, Oregon Department of Education Farm to School /School Garden Coordinator:


VERY helpful document to help you figure out purchasing rules in Oregon!:
USDA Food & Nutrition Services Procurement Page. Everything you need to know in one convenient place! Training, information and more.

Geographic Preference Rule
Geographic Preference Option External Link

Federal Small Purchase Threshold Adjustment Memo PDF Document

Procurement Geographic Preference Q&As PDF Document
Procurement Q&A's Part II PDF Document

*NEW*Geographic Preference Resources
One of the best tools for schools looking to buy local food is the geographic preference option, which allows purchasers to include language in solicitations so that vendors who can supply local products have an edge. Schools get to decide for themselves how to define local, how much preference to give to local items, and how exactly to structure their solicitations. Now, two new resources are available to help schools incorporate geographic preference correctly and successfully!

The USDA farm to school team recently developed a fact sheet titled Geographic Preference: What it is and how to use it, which gives a quick overview of the law and associated regulations and then walks through three ways to use the geographic preference option.

In addition, School Food FOCUS has just released Geographic Preference: A primer on purchasing fresh local food for schools, which provides step-by-step guidance on how to implement a geographic preference policy, starting with articulating the legal authority and rationale for buying local foods. For more helpful procurement links, check out our resources page.
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Growing Your Farm to School Program: USDA Farm To School TOOLKITExternal Link

"Frozen Local: Strategies for Freezing Locally Grown Produce for the K-12 Marketplace" Outlines different models for freezing regionally produced food  CLICK HERE External Link

Looking for help? Here's the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden "Resource People" list:  Resource People PDF for the Oregon Farm to School School Garden Network. Updated 11/18/2014

Here are the  GOALS Word Document of the Oregon Farm to School / School Garden Network

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  • Rick Sherman Email    (503) 947-5863
    Child Nutrition Programs - Farm to School Specialist