During times of uncertainty and rapidly changing educational expectations, communities are coming together (while socially-distancing) to meet the needs of students in remote learning environments.

Our communities are working to provide remote learning environments that enrich the educational needs of our students. Denise Rowcroft and her team at Garden for Every School in Central Oregon has partnered with the Redmond School District to provide local students with grab-and-go garden and nutrition activities at their meal distribution site. These activities feature a hands on learning experience for students and are one of the many ready to use resources from Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom!

“When schools closed, we quickly pivoted and began collaborating with various partners to develop a plan to provide Grab & Go Garden and Nutrition Activity packets each week at Redmond School District’s meal distribution site” says Rowcroft. Each week they have been serving between 100-150 families, handing out materials for around 300 kids from their local community who are looking for options for at-home learning.

“It’s been fun to hear back from families about their experiences with the previous week’s lesson. One family even hung their living necklaces from their car rear view mirror to show us their progress!” said Rowcroft. The Garden for Every School program plans to continue this weekly through the end of the school year.

Our team at Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom would like to thank all of the parents, partnering educational organizations and educators who are working hard and creating outside of the box learning experiences for Oregon students during this time!

Interested in trying garden activities at home? Check out these resources!

Living Necklaces

Garden in a Glove

Seed, Soil, Sun

https://envirocenter.org/Learn more about the Bend Environmental Center HERE.