On the night of October 1st, at the launch of National Farm to School Month, more than 75 guests came together to celebrate our community's vibrant food system –– all to benefit Rogue Valley Farm to School's work of bringing local fruits and vegetables fresh from farms to school cafeterias.Read More
"When environment changes,
there must be a corresponding change in life"
Rogue Valley Farm to School awarded the Good Apple Award to Anne Leavens, Director of Food and Nutrition Services for Central Point School District #6 in honor of Ms. Leavens and the school district’s dedication to healthy children, thriving local farmers, and innovative hands-on learning. Rogue Valley Farm to School created the Good Apple Award as a means of honoring leaders in the community who are creating positive change and inspiring others to do the same.Read More
The third and final installment of the Rogue Valley Farm to School and the Ashland Food Coop summer camp series was a time-tested hit! Entitled “Food Preservation and Fermentation,” RVF2S educators Sylvia and Arielle led an exploration into the wild world of food preservation and fermentation, encouraging campers to explore just how many of their favorite foods are made possible by these fascinating processes.Read More
The third week of July found half a dozen young chefs participating in the Kids Cooking Championships: the second of three summer camps presented this season by Rogue Valley Farm to School and The Ashland Food Co-op. Led by RVF2S educators Elizabeth and Carly, camp participants explored the endless possibilities of soups, salads, and sandwiches through a series of daily challenges inspired by popular cooking shows such as "Top Chef" and "Chopped".Read More
For nearly a decade, Tracy Harding has served as the executive director of Rogue Valley Farm to School, leading the organization in serving Jackson and Josephine counties with programs that have come to be models for other communities. This August, Tracy will deepen her service to small to mid-scale producers and rural economies as she pursues an exciting new venture with the Capay Valley Farm Shop, a thriving food hub in northern California. Sheila Carder, former development director for Scienceworks Hands-on Museum and Lomakatsi Restoration Project, will be stepping in as the new executive director.Read More
The school year may have come to a close, but summer’s abundance has brought bold flavors to Rogue Valley Farm to School’s programming. Our team of educators has partnered with the Ashland Food Co-op to host three summer camp sessions, the first of which took place this month!Read More
I started at Rogue Valley Farm to School with the farmers in mind, yet the truly heartening aspect that has driven and motivated me has been students' amazement at recognizing where their food comes from and that they can grow it and cook it themselves. I have loved my work and co-workers; the school food service directors and the farmers; the nonprofit, agency, and business partners; and the organization’s fantastic board of directors - who will be hiring the next director before summer's end!Read More
Early spring Harvest Meals bring the excitement of new growth, wet soil, changing weather, and of course, flowers. Yet, without the abundance of summer harvests, spring also means that RVF2S staff has to get creative with toppings for our Harvest Meal lunch that every student helps prepare.Read More
Rogue Valley Farm to School was selected by United Communities AmeriCorps as the Service Site for this year's Make A Difference Day! Read on to learn how a team of dedicated AmeriCorps members and community volunteers transformed the Jefferson Elementary School Garden into a vibrant growing classroom.Read More
On a warm evening in September, 80 of our friends and neighbors joined us in the street for an unforgettable meal, featuring some of the finest food in the Valley. Thanks to the folks at Standing Stone Brewing Company, the Harvest Dinner on Oak Street was a resounding success. Visit our blog to read more and to view photos from the event.Read More
This month, the Three Rivers School District took on a big endeavor: one week of locally sourced fruits and vegetables for the District-wide breakfast and lunch program. We sat down with Ben Guyton, the Food Services Director, to learn more about the successes and challenges of Local Produce week.Read More
Carly recently joined the RVF2S team to help inspire the next generation of local, seasonal, organic eaters. In this Q&A, she shares what her role within the organization entails, and how others can get involved!Read More
Rebecca Slosberg is the Rogue Valley Farm to School Program Manager and works directly with farms, children, and schools to enhance early learning about local, healthy and seasonal food. Learn more about the amazing work Rebecca does in our latest staff Q&A.Read More
Momentum River Expeditions are offering a lucky winner a 2 day rafting & multi-sport adventure on the Upper Klamath. Purchase raffle tickets online and your name will entered in the drawing for this amazing prize! One winner for this trip for two!Read More
Rogue Valley Farm to School are excited to invite you to the first art exhibit in our new office space on Friday March 4th. Emma Gelino will exhibit her beautiful photography from an on-farm trip at Dunbar Farm in Medford. Her photos stunningly convey small farm life and the joy experienced by children as they learn about fresh, local food.Read More
Allie coordinates one of our most popular programs - Tasting Tables in local school cafeterias. In this Q&A she shares what her work involves, why she is so passionate about it, and how others can get involved.Read More
Rogue Valley Farm to School has some exciting events coming up to bring in the near year!
January 30th, 2016 - Kidtastic Cooking at the Ashland Food Co-Op
Did your New Year's resolutions include cooking from scratch, eating better, and prioritizing family time? Join Rogue Valley Farm to School educators in the Co-op kitchen and learn to cook family friendly recipes with seasonal produce. In class we will discuss age appropriate kitchen tasks, and all students will safely practice knife skills. We will prepare and taste Chef Salads with homemade dressings, and Vegetable Fritters with dipping sauces. Additional recipes will be included in the recipe packet that you and your children can prepare together, even on a busy weeknight.
More information and registration on the Ashland Food Co-Op website.
February 9th, 2016 - Pints for a Purpose at Standing Stone Brewery
Between 5pm - 10pm on Tuesday Feb 9th Standing Stone Brewery will donate $2 from every pint of beer sold to Rogue Valley Farm to School. Join us for a pint in celebration of local food! WHERE: Standing Stone Brewery, 101 Oak St, Ashland OR 97520.
April 30, 2016 - 6th Annual Siskiyou Challenge
The Siskiyou Challenge is a benefit relay race for Rogue Valley Farm to School with six legs. Each of which can be as challenging as you want to make it, or it can be very scenic and fun! Check out the website for more information and to register a team.