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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Upcoming Rogue Valley Farm to School Events

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.