More Oregon school districts land farm-to-school grants

Proponents say farm-to-school programs encourage agricultural learning, instill healthy eating habits and stimulate the local economy.
Shawn Linehan

Proponents say farm-to-school programs encourage agricultural learning, instill healthy eating habits and stimulate the local economy. 

Eleven school districts will share $189,140 in state funding to purchase Oregon-grown food and implement garden-based education programs in their schools.

The Oregon Department of Education awarded the funds as part of a competitive grant process established under the Farm to School & School Garden Bill passed by the Oregon State Legislature in 2011.

"As a former school board member, and a State Representative, I am excited about how these grants can help both kids and farmers," said Rep. Sherrie Sprenger, R-Scio, in a press release. "In Lebanon, this grant will help students learn about growing and eating healthy food, including beef and pork from our very own high school FFA program."

The school districts receiving funds include:

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