Schoolyard Farms

It’s all in their name: Schoolyard Farms.

Schoolyard Farms is a nonprofit operating farm that has the goal of laying the foundation for children to understand where their food comes from and how to grow it.  And they take this mission right to the kids: the 1-acre farm is located in an urban elementary school in Milwaukie.

The farm offers educational opportunities for 1st through 6th graders, including a summer camp where children learn how to harvest their food and cook their own meals.  “It’s about reconnecting people to their food and bringing about a consciousness about where their food comes from,” says founder Courtney Leeds.

The produce that is grown on the farm is also sold through their CSA and at the Moreland Farmers Market.  Proceeds from these sales help to fund the educational component of the farm.  At the market, you’ll find vegetable starts (including tomatoes and peppers) as well as early-season produce such as kale, turnips, and radishes.

“I’m excited to be here,” says Leeds, “this neighborhood really cares about fresh food.”  For a great video overview of their farm, check out this link.

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