Harvest of the Month

October is National Farm to School Month! This national celebration is all about highlighting innovative programs that foster connections between students’ taste buds, minds, and their local food system. One program gaining traction around the country is the Harvest of the Month. Each month, schools feature a local food item either in the cafeteria or in students’ classrooms. Students conduct taste tests, and learn about the nutritional content of the item. Some schools serve recipes in the cafeteria that feature the item all month long. Harvests are not limited to fruits and vegetables, but can include dairy, meat, or even a locally significant fish like salmon!

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What’s Going On? – Ear Notching

Along with the changing leaves, pumpkin patches and spooky thrills, October is dedicated to the appreciation of pork. Pork is the most consumed meat around the world and serves as a very important food source. In the United States, the pork industry is booming with about 60,000 pork producers that raise around 115 million hogs annually.

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Celebrating Young Artists

The 17th Annual Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Calendar Art Contest wrapped up with a reception at the Oregon State Fair on Sunday, August 26, 2018. Thirteen students were honored at the reception held on the Creative Living Stage in Columbia Hall. Parents, grandparents and educators attended the reception to celebrate the young artists.

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Farm Safety

Farm safety is important for everyone even if you do not live or work on a farm or ranch! Farms, like many workplaces, have many potential hazards. There are several things visitors to farms and ranches need to be aware of. Upon your arrival for a trip to the farm, the farmer or tour guide will generally give your group a brief overview on what to be aware of in terms of safety and if there is anything you are unsure of, ALWAYS ASK, safety is always their number one priority!

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Experience Oregon Agriculture

I am thankful to live in the beautiful state of Oregon, where I can explore the outdoors, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and appreciate the variety of food we have available. Although I never grew up on a farm, I had the opportunity to live a country lifestyle, raising animals and working on farms during the summer months. I was surrounded by agriculture in our small town and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Bulb Forcing

My mother loves tulips. She is as faithful to this bloom as the pickiest of pollinators. Even in spring, when tulips are plentiful at the farmers market and grocery store, she will drive the extra 45 minutes to a tulip farm—just for the added choice. Only yesterday over dinner, I noticed a bouquet of deep purple tulips on her windowsill, set against the backdrop of a rainy January evening. I love tulips because my mother loves tulips, and because of the the color they bring to an otherwise typical gray Portland day. In winter, these flowers bring with them a foreshadowing of spring, and can warm the people sitting around a kitchen table. Tulips, and other bulbs, can do the same thing for a classroom.

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The 6 F’s of Oregon Agriculture

When you hear the word agriculture, what comes to mind? Is it an older man in a straw hat and overalls? Is it a big red barn amidst a sweeping rural landscape? Or is it the Ram Truck commercial commemorating Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer” poem that aired during the fourth quarter of the 2013 Super Bowl?

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Oregon’s Bountiful Harvest

For people all over the word, the end of harvest is a time to celebrate work completed and enjoy the bounty of the year. Although harvest festivals and traditions differ between cultures, the theme of celebration and gratitude is a common component. In the United States, many people celebrate this season by celebrating Thanksgiving. Usually celebrated by the preparation of a special Thanksgiving meal, it’s a time to reflect on the year and share with family and friends. Most Thanksgiving traditions include a colorful feast cascading across the table.

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