Deepening Our Impact

Deepening Our Impact

For more than a year, Rogue Valley Farm to School has been piloting programs with schools aimed at deepening the impact of our mission. In December, the enthusiasm of students, teachers, and school administrators was rewarded when Rogue Valley Farm to School was awarded $65,340 to support our district-wide partnership with Central Point School District. Focused on serving all five elementary schools in the district, the partnership will also include a strategic exploration of developing programs for middle school and high school students.

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Central Point School District Wins Good Apple Award

Central Point School District Wins Good Apple Award

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.

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Food Preservation and Fermentation!

Food Preservation and Fermentation!

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.

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Soups, Salads, & Sandwiches: Chopped Edition!

Soups, Salads, & Sandwiches: Chopped Edition!

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".

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RVF2S Welcomes New Executive Director

RVF2S Welcomes New Executive Director

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.

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A Message from the Executive Director

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! 

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