Survey: More than half of Oregon school districts participate in Farm to School
A recent study by the USDA found that 55 percent of Oregon school districts surveyed in 2015 said they participate in Farm to School activities - that's 117 districts, with 996 schools and 518,106 students.
Another 13 percent of Oregon school districts surveyed said they plan to start Farm to School activities in the future.
Nationally, 42 percent of districts surveyed said they participate in Farm to School.
Many school districts in Oregon are also beating the state average with regard to the percent of their food budget spent locally, according to the USDA.
Portland, Corvallis and Eugene school districts were the top three in 2015 for how much of their budgets were spent on local food - but amount of local purchases is just one measure.
Your school might buy an impressive variety of local products or have a garden on site. Click HERE to find your school district and see how it's performing.
For 2015, the average school district in Oregon spent 27 percent of its budget on local products and there were at least 224 school gardens growing across the state.
Farm to school gardens and classes not only help children and their families to make informed food choices, but also give students the chance to engage in hands-on learning by growing their own food.
Visit Rootopia.com for more information and ideas on getting your kids excited about healthy eating.