All across Oregon, schools are serving more healthy local foods in the cafeteria and providing complementary food and garden-based education. And that is good news for Oregon’s kids and Oregon’s farmers, fishers, ranchers and food processors.
With more than 35,000 family farms growing more than 220 crops its no wonder Oregonians eat more vegetables than folks in nearly every other state.
You know who your doctor is, your dentist and the folks who fix your car, so why shouldn’t you know the farmers who grow your food? There are hundreds of farmers markets all over Oregon, and increasingly they are sprouting up in the workplace. It’s the ultimate convenience.
First, it was strawberries. Soon, blueberries were ripe for picking. Blackberries and raspberries are next in the seasonal rollout of fresh, delicious and healthy berries grown in Oregon.
For the second straight year, a friendly competition between Oregon and Washington got underway in June that will help alleviate some of the hunger problems persisting in the Pacific Northwest.
Whether it is selling at farmers’ markets and roadside stands or marketing through community supported agriculture (CSAs), Oregon producers are more likely than their counterparts in other states to cut out the middleman.
Did you know that Oregon schools lead the nation in percentage of food budget spent on local foods? Oregon has clearly embraced farm to school programs and is poised to increase the impact local foods have in the lives of school children statewide.
Many of us think of summer as a time for enjoying barbecued burgers, ice cream cones and farm-fresh produce. Visit one of Oregon's 90 farmers markets and experience fresh and flavorful locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, hazelnuts, eggs and locally made cheeses.
It is hard to believe there are only three weeks left of school before kids are out for the summer. Do your kids have their summer plans laid out yet? What about enrolling them in a fun food, farm or cooking camp?
Springtime in Oregon is a wonderful time of year for agriculture. Right now is the time to prepare the soil, and plant seeds and transplants. There are also a lot of decisions to be made about what to grow, and how and when to grow it.
It may seem like the warmth of summer will never get here. But you don’t have to wait for it to stop raining to get out and enjoy Oregon agriculture. Springtime is a great time of year to experience unique Oregon agriculture adventures and make family memories that will last a lifetime.
A Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA) is a great way to nourish your family and help Oregon farmers prosper. To become a part of a CSA, you purchase a subscription from a farm, and every week you receive a share of the harvest.
The Oregon dairy industry has been producing award-winning cheeses, milk, butter, premium ice cream, sour cream and yogurt for more than 150 years.
Oregon’s climate and soils produce the right combination of growing conditions that allow Oregon farmers to produce some of the deepest colored, sweetest fruits and vegetables available.
The Hazelnut, also known as the Filbert, is the official Oregon state nut. Folks often ask: is it a Filbert or a Hazelnut? There’s truly no wrong answer. “Filbert” is the correct name for both the tree and the nut.
Oregon farmers and ranchers raise a wide selection of meats, including pork, chicken, beef, lamb, poultry, goat, buffalo, rabbit and venison. Meat raised in Oregon is nutritionally rich and part of a balanced diet.
The USDA’s new guidelines suggest people eat fish twice a week. We’re lucky to live in Oregon where we can eat local seafood year round. Oregon seafood is caught from Astoria in the north, to Brookings in the south and it provides an economic backbone to many coastal communities.
March 24-29, 2014 is National Agriculture Week, a time to salute the more than two million US agricultural operators and 35,000 family farms in Oregon.
Do your kids eat breakfast? If they do, they will likely be better behaved, have a higher IQ, do better in school and grow up to be healthy adults. These are the conclusions of a mountain of research that shows why breakfast really is the most important meal of the 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.