The Farm to School Apple Program

The Farm to School Apple Program

Program Mission

These funds will be used to support non-profit programs, which provide farm to school education to K-12 students, including activities such as farm field trips, school gardens, cooking in the classroom, or tasting tables in the cafeteria and/or support schools in purchasing more local and organic products to be served as part of a lunch or snack program. It is the intent of the program that these funds will promote greater access to local and organic fruits and vegetables in schools.

Find Farm to School Apples in these markets:

Oregon

South

Ashland Food Cooperative – Ashland
Cartwrights – Grants Pass
Grants Pass Farmers Market – Grants Pass
Food 4 Less – Medford
Fry Family Farm – Medford
Medford Food Co-Op – Medford

Central

Capella Market – Eugene
Friendly Street Market – Eugene
New Frontier Market – Eugene
Red Barn Natural Grocery – Eugene
Sundance Natural Foods – Eugene
The Kiva – Eugene
First Alternative Cooperative – Corvallis

North

Food Front Cooperative Grocery – Portland
Green Zebra Grocery – Portland

Washington

Blossom Organic Grocery – Lopez Island
Community Food Co-Op – Bellingham
The Food Co-Op – Port Townsend
PCC Natural Markets – Seattle

Farm-to-School FTS Apple Program is a partnership that includes Organically Grown Company—the Pacific Northwest’s largest organic produce distributor (OGC), participating Northwest retailers, participating organic apple orchards, Oregon & Washington Farm to School Programs and you—the environment, the child, the eater, the future. The goal of this partnership is to leverage the organic trade’s passion for good nutritious food into a cooperative endeavor to fund farm to school efforts in the communities where we live and do business.
Guidelines for Farm to School programs: The organization receiving funds must be a non-profit organization, (either a 501(c) 3 or a public school or school district, carrying out farm to school activities in the area of the school or school district. Area can be defined as city or county. If no program exists, the retailer may work with local schools, organizations or community members to start a farm to school effort.

Financial transactions: 12×3# apple bags are to be sold to the retailer for market value. The program asks participating retailers to contribute at least 70% of margin dollars to an area Farm to School program or local school direct farm/food education programs. Payment from retailer to non-profit to be made monthly or quarterly, with monthly being preferable. Contact Tonya at OGC for specifics.

Reporting: Retailer to send a quarterly report to OGC of monies allocated and to whom. Retailer and Farm to School Program to send an annual update to OGC on status of the program, including accomplishments. OGC will publish an annual financial and program report.

Promotional materials and advocacy: OGC will promote this program and retail participants on its website www.organicgrown.com and through POP materials.

For information about projects in your area or to get support for new programs, contact Megan Kemple, Executive Director of the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network at 541.344.4329 | ofssgn@gmail.com | www.farmtoschool.org/our-network/Oregon or Chris Iberle, WSDA Farm to School Program at 206.256.1874 | farmtoschool@agr.wa.gov |
www.wafarmtoschool.org.

Contact: Organically Grown Company, Tonya Quinn Sanchez tqsanchez@organicgrown.com | 503-907-3705

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