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Rogue Valley Farm to School Spring has sprung!
March 12, 2015
Farm to School Fuji apples
are still in stores
70 - 100% of the proceeds from sale of these apples support
Rogue Valley Farm to School
on-farm programs!
Farm to School Fuji Apples
4 Fuji Stores
Thank you apple growers, apple eaters, retailers and
Organically Grown Company!

Community support is the key to our successful programs. You make the difference, please share with us in owning the accomplishments of Rogue Valley Farm to School. We would really like to grow our recurring gift option as a little ground in which we can plant with certainty each month!  Making a recurring donation is an easy way to give that allows more of each dollar to directly benefit our programs.  This option allows you to give as little as $5 per month, you may increase, decrease or suspend your gift at any time. It is so nice to have enthusiasm for our programs expressed in all the ways you all do, thank you!
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RVF2S is a non-profit organization and all donations
are tax deductible.

Rogue Valley Farm to School is seeking donated cloth napkins for Harvest Meals and aprons for the Phoenix High School culinary arts program. Please contact us or drop items off at our office, 223 Fifth Street in Ashland.
Thank you. 

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Upcoming Events
  Lentil Underground 
Standing Stone Brewing Co 
Discussion and Book Signing
5 - 7pm
Special lentil menu items, available all night!

Bloomsbury Books
Liz Carlisle discusses her book Lentil Underground –Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America  
7 - 8pm

What can a group of renegade Montana lentil farmers teach us about climate change resilience and the future of our food system? Join author Liz Carlisle and farmer David Oien for an interactive discussion. 

Bellview Elementary School garden work party!
April 22 1:30 - 4:30

Earth day celebration to install mosaic stepping stones! 

Tracy Harding
Executive Director

Farm to Cafeteria
Siskiyou Challenge


Melina Barker
Program Director

School gardens

Sierra Faulkner
Outreach Coordinator

Volunteer Coordination
Siskiyou Challenge


Elizabeth Tobey
Program Manager

Education programs


Board of Directors

Erik Glatte

Huycke, O'Connor, Jarvis, Dreyer,
Davis & Glatte, LLP

Deborah Gordon, MD
Madrona Health Care

Robin Pike, MD
Vista Pathology

Joan Ewer Thorndike
Le Mera Gardens

David Tourzan
Board President
Kids Unlimited Academy
Public Charter School


Learn More...
Visit our website to find out more about RVF2S staff, board of directors and programs.


Spring! Which season is your favorite? They are all so wonderful, and some years hard to tell apart. Spring brings the return of light and warmth, so welcome. We welcome all of you to experince both with us!

Volunteer Training 2015

On-farm educationThinking of joining us on a farm, in a school garden, or school cafeteria this spring? Want to find out about the many opportunities to engage in RVF2S programs throughout the region? Our spring training will give you all the information and skills you need to assist in any of our educational programs. Serving nearly 10,000 students each year is a big job for such a small organization, we depend on community members who support our mission and are willing to volunteer their time to make our programs possible.

April 3rd or 4th
SOU Center for Sustainability

SeedingJoin us for hands-on training in farming and cooking with kids. Whether at school or on a local farm you will be prepared to teach students about agriculture, nutrition, cooking, and the environment.

Register here.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers!

CFS 2Rogue Valley Farm to School and the SOU Center for Sustainability have been working together for the last couple years to develop a partnership that will not only benefit each organization but students throughout the Rogue Valley. The Center for Sustainability is ideally located in proximity to many pre-school, elementary, middle and high schools that participate in RVF2S programs. This proximity allows increased opportunity for on-farm programing. SOU students from a variety of programs including the M.S. in Environmental Education, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and Outdoor Leadership programs will assist in offering RVF2S programs at the Center. RVF2S has grown from an organization hosting programs on one farm to an organization offering programs in two counties on five farms; we are very excited to be hosting programs at Center for Sustainability.

  Farm to School Act
Tell Congress you support the Farm to School Act of 2015 by signing a letter of support as an individual or on behalf of your organization. The Farm to School Act of 2015 builds on the success of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 by proposing an increase in funding from $5 million to $15 million for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program. The bill would also ensure that the grant program fully includes preschools, summer food service sites, after school programs, and tribal schools and producers while improving program participation from beginning, veteran and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. To learn more, download this fact sheet or visit  

RVF2S Service Member Profile
Emily Otte, AmeriCorpsEmily Otte is an Americorp member serving with RVF2S. She hails from Missouri and has been in the Rogue Valley farming and educating for 5 years. Emily is our Tasting Table Coordinator—she gets to dive right in to elementary school cafeterias, serving students samples of fresh veggies with a side of recipes and nutrition facts. She reaches each cafeteria monthly; which means she’s busy almost every school day somewhere in the valley. Emily describes her ultimate goal as “having all student’s food sourced from the farmers”. Students sometimes make comments about food at the Tasting Table tasting “real” in comparison to food in the lunch line. They also tell Emily things like “I love everything you make!” These comments are Emily’s favorite part of the job. Emily wants children to understand what they’re eating and have the ability to make choices. She believes in the power of one person’s health choices spreading to students. When it comes to eating well—each child can start with themselves.

RVF2S Staff 2

Here we are, the RVF2S staff!
(minus our director/photographer) 
We work on so many different farm sites and in schools all over the valley that being all in one place is rare. 

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