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Help build farms on schoolyards that will feed their cafeterias.

Courtney Leeds

Help transform underutilized schoolyards into farms from now until Dec. 6th by donating to Schoolyard Farms' Indiegogo campaign. Together we can bring back the basics of how to grow food and cook nutritious meals. In turn, we’ll nourish our kids and our communities.

Schoolyard Farms is working to create farms from underused schoolyard space to feed cafeterias and educate students about healthy food-systems. Schoolyard Farms has spent the last two years laying the groundwork to make this vision a reality in Milwaukie, Oregon: They have cultivated their first three-quarter acre farm at Candy Lane Elementary, sold thousands of pounds of produce to our community, designed and taught garden-based curriculum to over 300 students, built their community’s support and a board of directors. Now they need our help to grow from a grassroots, volunteer project to a sustainable organization that can expand to other schools and make a profound impact.

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  • Jackie Ramirez

    Hi Courtney, this is a great project and an amazing model for other schools to follow. I'm curious to hear about the challenges you've had and where do you need the help the most besides financial help, which I hope and I'm confident you'll receive.

    • Courtney Leeds

      Thanks, Jackie! So far, our biggest challenge is getting the food we grow served in the school cafeteria. There's a lot of shifting that needs to happen before we can make that goal possible: kitchens need to be redesigned; money needs to be budgeted toward extra labor to prepare fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables; fears about food safety of small farms needs to be alleviated; positive attitudes toward fresh, local produce need to increase; systems need to be put in place to make it easier for schools to find and order food from local farms. There is a lot of momentum around improving our health through local food right now - I'm optimistic that we will start to see real change soon!