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Oregon Harvest Day

By
Jennie Kolpak,   Malabon Elem. School
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Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement,  Teamwork
Oregon Harvest Day

In October 2015, during National Farm to School Month, our school hosted Oregon Harvest Day. The meal served was ALL local foods. Bethel Nutrition Services arranged for local farmers and food processors to serve a lunch for students that was prepared with ingredients almost entirely sourced from local farms. The cafeteria was decorated with colorful posters and signage so that students could easily make the connection from the food that was being served and where it came from. Farmers and food processers had time to mingle with students in the cafeteria and share with them what it takes to grow or make food and answer any questions they had. At the end of the day, our guests sat together and shared a school lunch. Students presented the farmers and processors letters and thank-you cards for working hard to provide them with healthy food.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

The Oregon Harvest Day created a sense of connectedness for students, staff and farmers that continues year round. Students see Oregon Harvest posters in the cafeteria that are rotated seasonally. Students are offered local foods daily as part of the school menu. Students participate in “Try it Thursday” monthly and get to try a new food which is often local. The Oregon Harvest Day has become an annual event in our district and rotates to a different school every year to host the celebration.