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Farm to School and school gardens in Columbia County

Connecting schools with local food producers and supporting garden-based education are cross-cutting Extension themes. Activities connect the cafeteria, classroom and community and help Oregon kids, farmers and communities thrive!

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Contact your local Columbia County lead for the Farm to School Program:

School Gardens of Columbia County

School gardens enrich the learning environment for all ages, from providing a living laboratory for high school biology to supporting the social emotional development of Pre-K students. Gardens provide opportunities for hands-on education in any subject and especially impact learning when incorporated in environmental, natural, and health sciences. Edible gardens can further contribute to a school community, enhancing health outcomes when garden activities are coupled with other food and nutrition education as well as producing food for school cafeterias or local food pantries. OSU Extension Service Columbia County supports school gardens by providing educators with curriculum resources, connecting schools to funding opportunities, and offering technical assistance with garden development and planning.

Do you have questions about school gardens in the area? Want to get connected to the school garden in your community? Are you an educator who would like to be included in our regional garden educator network? Reach out to our Farm to School Hub Coordinator, Claire Londagin.

Check out all of the school gardens in the state with the Oregon Department of Education Map.

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