OR School Garden and OR Farm to School Summits

SchoolGardenSummitSecond Annual Oregon School Garden Summit Friday, January 30 and Oregon Farm to School Summit 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Both at the historic Willamette Heritage Center (aka Mission Mill) in downtown Salem.

About the School Garden Summit:
In January of 2014, over 200 people came to Salem for the First Annual Oregon School Garden Summit.  Highlights included garden education workshops, resource-sharing and state-wide networking.  See a short summary of that event here.  Participants found it inspiring and exciting to meet each other, share information, get new tools, and make plans.

In 2015, we are offering tracks for both beginners as well as experienced school garden coordinators, and offering hands-on workshops and opportunities to showcase diverse school garden projects

Share your voice! Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback last year, before and after the event.  Help us finalize plans for 2015 by completing this brief, optional survey to tell us what you want to see/hear/do/learn at the School Garden Summit, whether you want to offer to teach anything, and who you think should receive school garden awards.

About the Farm to School Summit:
The Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network (OFSSGN) has been hosting “annual meetings” in November for several years. This winter, that event is shifting to a conference/summit format, and moving to January to be side-by-side with the School Garden Summit. It will include workshops and sharing on all aspects of Farm to School programs, from contracting to in-cafeteria education to field trips.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BOTH EVENTS will be shared on this list, and will also be posted on the Oregon Department of Education Farm to School and School Garden Website, as details become available (including agendas, overnight lodging suggestions, and registration.) Additional details about last year’s events are also available on the ODE site. Planners hope folks will attend both events, and build stronger connections between cafeteria programs, garden programs, and off-site educational programs.

Thanks for all you do to connect our youth to their food and the natural world.
See you in January!

Fine print:
The School Garden Summit and Farm to School Summit are both projects of the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network, and there are teams planning both events. If you have specific questions, comments, or offers, Kasandra Griffin of Upstream Public Health is the primary organizer/convener/contact person of the School Garden Summit, and Megan Kemple of the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition is the primary organizer/convener/contact person for the Farm to School Summit.