Monday, February 05, 2007

 

School Garden Project partnership

School gardens are a major initiative for Slow Food USA, and Slow Food Eugene has a long-running partnership with the School Garden Project of Lane County. From the SGP website:

The School Garden Project provides the following services for local schools:

  • Teaching students in school gardens
  • Organizing garden work parties
  • Assisting with garden construction
  • Recruiting volunteers to help
  • Consulting on site choice and design
  • Organizing a garden committee
  • Advising on curriculum integration
  • Sponsoring teacher in-services and UO School Garden seminars
  • Obtaining donations of gardening materials from local businesses
  • Providing a lending library of gardening tools, books, and videos
  • Maintaining an email listserve and website
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    Food On - Farm to Cafeteria partnership

    Slow Food Eugene is proud to add the Willamette Food & Farm Coalition's Food On - Farm to Cafeteria program to our list of partner organizations. From the website:

    ......Food On - Farm to Cafeteria was created to promote locally produced foods in cafeterias of K-12 schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, nursing homes, businesses, and other institutions. We will offer schools and other institutions the tools to connect with farms though their own or other distributors, special event planning, promotional material, and community outreach. We help make the connections: helping communities, schools and private business understand that the bottom line involves more than just financial profits. The costs of tomorrow - long term health care costs, quality of life, food security and our local landscape must be accounted for in today's bottom line.

    ... As a project of the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition, Food On wants to work in partnership with school districts, food service providers, parents, students, community members, farmers and food distributors to create the best possible Farm to Cafeteria program here in Lane County.... more >>

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