Oregon is a leader when it comes to a successful Farm to School program. With the efforts of producers, distributors, school districts and commodity commissions, Oregon parents can be confident that their children are getting healthy and local meals during the school day. Products include Oregon grown pears, apples, stone fruits, squash, potatoes, onions, berries, seafood, beef and dairy.
Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Manager, Amy Gilroy talks about the success of this program and the benefits it has to Oregon.
Amy Gilroy has more than 10 years of experience as a public health professional in Oregon. After receiving her Masters of Public Health from the University of Nebraska in 2004, Amy headed west to Oregon to work on public health initiatives in the Portland metro region. Originally from a small rural farm community in Iowa, Amy grew up among corn, soybean, pig, and dairy farmers and has a long history and passion for working to support rural farm economies. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon and spends a lot of time with her hands in the dirt helping her urban farming friends grow delicious fruits and vegetables.