Environmental Middle School Making the Connection: Locally grown food and the Portland Public Schools' Meal program
Local foods -- Oregon -- Portland, Food -- Oregon -- Portland, Food systems
A recent "farms to school" movement designed to expand the range and quantity of local foods, especially produce, has taken root across the U.S, with support from the United States Department of Agriculture. After finding a suitable client school willing to introduce this idea in Portland, this project, identifies incremental and feasible steps that can be taken toward including more locally gown food into the Environmental Middle School's meal service. The main objectives of this project are:
- To increase the availability of locally grown foods at EMS, and ultimately in the Portland Public Schools meal service program
- To encourage food literacy and awareness of the value of locally produced foods among students
- To engage students, parents, teachers, community members, school district administrators and farmers in dialogue about the community food system
- To stimulate markets for local farms
This project has included conversations with stakeholders in the school food system designed to foster and increase overall communication between these stakeholders and to share information about what possible alternatives may exist to meet the project's goals. Sharing background research, relevant case studies, and the alternatives developed will ideally help others to move forward in bringing more locally grown food to both EMS and PPS. This project was conducted under the supervision of Ethan Seltzer and Thomas Sanchez.
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Bender, Paul; Brod, Daniela; Maloney, Lauren; Siebenaler, April; and Stocker, David, "Environmental Middle School Making the Connection: Locally grown food and the Portland Public Schools' Meal program" (2002). Master of Urban and Regional Planning Workshop Projects. 136.
Client: Portland Public Schools