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Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Summit Announcement

We know some of you have been looking forward to the 2017 Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Summits. The Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network Steering Committee and partners at Upstream Public Health recently decided that we will not hold the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Summits in early 2017. Factors involved with the decision not to hold Summits in early 2017 include:
  1) The need to focus our fall and winter staff capacity on advocating for increased funding for farm to school and school gardens from the 2017 Legislature,
  2) Requests to provide more local & regional resources for ODE Farm to School Procurement grantees such as webinars, regional trainings and in person meetings, and
  3) Limited funding sources to support the gatherings.
We’re sorry not to be hosting Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Summits in early 2017, but as a result of the decision we expect to have more capacity to provide you, as stakeholders, with the kind of support and advocacy we think is most needed in the coming months.

We will stay in touch about our plans for future summits, as they evolve.

We would also like to notify the "gardening" side of our constituency about The National Children & Youth Gardening Symposium,External Link which will be held in Portland on July 12-15, 2017. This annual event, convened by the American Horticultural Society, is in a different location each year. They are currently recruiting for presenters,External Link who get discounted registration. OFSSGN may hold a state-wide gathering for Oregon school garden stakeholders in conjunction with that conference.

Please reach out to Oregon’s farm to school and school garden resource people PDF as needed for support, and keep in mind that you can use this email list and sub-lists (garden educators, non-profits, nutrition services, etc.) to communicate with your counterparts around the state with questions and ideas.

Thank you for all you are doing to support farm to school and school gardens in Oregon!

2016 Oregon Farm to School Summit and School Garden Summit Materials:
FIND the materials for the 2016 event HERE NOTE: Will continue to update as materials come in

The Summits is a project of the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network.

Other Farm to School Training Events

National Training Events & Conferences

  • Farm to Cafeteria Conference External LinkThe next one will be held in the Summer of 2018
  • National Children and Youth Garden Symposium  External Link July 12-15, 2016: Portland-Vancouver
  • USDA Produce Safety University (Website) External Link  ODE recommends a limited number of individuals each year from Oregon to attend this training.

Farm to School and School Garden Webinars & Misc. Events

  • Growing School Gardens External Link edWeb.net - Monthly School Garden Webinars
  • USDA Webinars / Farm to School: Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods Webinar Series ARCHIVEExternal Link



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