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Volunteer Newsletter
November 30th, 2011
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H e l l o    R V F 2 S    V o l u n t e e r s !

If you are receiving this newsletter, you have either volunteered with RVF2S or have expressed interest in joining our team of volunteers. You can easily unsubscribe from this list at the bottom of the page.

Rogue Valley Farm to School had a wonderfully successful fall IMG_0832season, offering 25 classes of k-8th graders opportunities to visit a local farm and learn about where their food comes from, the importance of local agriculture, and the skills to grow and prepare their own healthy meals. We are so very grateful for all the help we received this fall from community members volunteering their time to help lead our educational programs. If you volunteered with us this past fall (or the spring before) please take some time to respond to our volunteer survey so that we can continue to improve our programs and the overall experience of our volunteers!

IMG_0660Now is the time of year that we at RVF2S retreat to the office to write grants, plan programs, and spend some time with our families. We are already scheduling classes for spring Harvest Meals and making plans to lead after school garden clubs in Talent and Medford starting in March. We are also looking for more community members and students such as yourselves who would be interested in volunteering with RVF2S. If you know of anyone who you think would be interested in becoming a RVF2S volunteer, please forward this email or send us their email address. Also, if you have ideas of where we might go to reach interested individuals who are potential volunteers, please let us know.

We are happy to announce that our volunteer calendar is finally upIMG_1030 4 and in working condition. Simply visit the calendar to view when classes are scheduled for Harvest Meal farm visits and then send me (Melina Barker) an email and let me know what days you are available. I will update the calendar so that you can double check when you are scheduled to volunteer and see what days are well staffed, and what days are still in need of help. In general we need 3 or 4 volunteers for each Harvest Meal to run smoothly.

S p r i n g   T r a i n i n g

IMG_0608We will offer a comprehensive volunteer training again this spring. If you have not participated in a volunteer training we encourage you to join us. There will be two 1/2 day trainings both on Saturday April 14th, 2012. One training will be offered in cooperation with the Ashland Food Coop and Lauren Briggs, and will train volunteers specifically to lead the kitchen station during a Harvest Meal. The other training will focus on leading on-farm field activities with students. Feel free to attend either or both of these trainings. For more information, and to register for a training, click here. If you have already participated in a volunteer training, we will have a brief volunteer meeting to prepare for spring and familiarize you with any new curriculum or procedures. The meeting for returning volunteers  will be held Tuesday April 10th at the Ashland Coop Community Kitchen from 6-7pm. Please RSVP here.

T e a c h e r   Q u o t e s

After each season of educational programs RVF2S sends out evaluation surveys to all the teachers who participated in a Harvest Meal experience. This year we received some wonderful feedback not only about our programs, but about our volunteers as well!
Here’s what a few teachers had to say:

“ I honestly thought everything worked great! I was totally impressed with each station and the kids still can't stop talking about their trip!”

“We enjoyed it all, and it all tied in to our curriculum in some way.”

“All the activities were well led, organized and really involved the kids.”

“My science (cycles) was addressed so much better than I could do it in the classroom. The children are still talking about the animals at Brambles and they think making pizza on the farm was one of the best experiences they've had.”

“The students gained the concept of where food comes from and that so many things can be bought locally. The nutrition rotation got them thinking about what they are eating. They don't bug me anymore when I have them put something away for not being a healthy snack.”

“This allowed my kids to make connections between other units and lessons. It made abstract ideas more concrete”

Thanks for supporting RVF2S!

We look forward to seeing you at a farm this spring!
Melina Barker
RVF2S Education Director
Another Way to Support RVF2S!

Volunteers know more than anyone what it takes to offer our programs. Aside from dedicated community members it takes substantial financial resources. We know your available time may fluctuate, if you find that you have less time to offer, please consider making a financial donation to help keep our programs running. We are now able to accept recurring donations,  an automatic monthly donation ($5/month minimum), set up either as a credit card transaction or a draw from your bank account. You may end the gift at anytime.
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Wish List

Plastic tablecloths

Large mixing bowls

Harvest baskets

Art supplies: colored pencils, paper, crayons

Cutting boards
Rubbermaid bins with or without lids

5 gallon buckets

Gardening tools: hand spades, large shovels, rakes, pitchforks

Walk-behind tiller

Seedling trays and pots

Compost/ Manure

If you have any of these items,
contact melina

The Benefits of Volunteering

Besides getting to be outside on beautiful, abundant farms working with friendly people and excited children, RVF2SBrynF2S volunteers also get perks like tasty farm-fresh lunch, excess organic produce to take home, and discounts on RVF2S merchandise like mugs and T-shirts! 
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Tel: 541 890-7004

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