Michelle M. Ratcliffe, PhD

Farm to School Specialist, Oregon Department of Agriculture

 Michelle M. Ratcliffe, PhD
Michelle M. Ratcliffe, PhD
Farm to School Specialist, Oregon Department of Agriculture
Michelle’s mission is to make it easy to raise happy, healthy kids and help our farmers prosper. For the past 20 years she has worked in agriculture and education as a teacher, farmer, advocate, public servant and scholar. Michelle was one of the first people in the country to research the effects of school gardens on students’ health and wellness. She was recently awarded the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior`s prestigious Healthy Policy Promotion Award. Michelle lives in the Willamette Valley on a 4-acre farm with her husband and two young boys. Her favorite vegetable to grow is eggplant.

Recent stories by Michelle M. Ratcliffe, PhD

Celebrate Oregon Agriculture School Gardens Help Oregonians Prosper Sponsored: School Gardens Help Oregonians Prosper (Video)
Oregon is rich in agriculture. It shapes our landscape, our economy and who we are as a people. And it just makes sense that nearly half the schools in Oregon have a school garden, where students are learning the fundamentals of food production, along with the essential skills they need for a lifetime of healthy eating.
Celebrate Oregon Agriculture What Will You Do on MLK Day? Sponsored: What Will You Do on MLK Day?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" On the weekend of January 18-20, people throughout Oregon will come together to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by working to improve their communities.