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Farm to School and Nutrition Education

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Family Food and Garden Club

Josephine County Extension Service Family Food and Garden Club is a FREE, fun opportunity for 4th and 5th graders and their families to learn about gardening and explore healthy food at home.  

Learn to grow food, even if you don’t have a garden space at home. Try new recipes highlighting Oregon grown fruits and vegetables. Have fun learning through weekly activities during this 8-week program starting May 11th, 2020. Each family that registers will be provided with two activity kits on May 18th (supplies limited) that you’ll pick up at your school. Register by May 15 to reserve your kits! 


Youth Art Contest

Art contest for kindergarten thru 6th graders: Create an art piece representing a food grown in Oregon. Win prizes! All entries will be displayed at the Josephine County Fair, August 19-22, 2020. Submission deadline: July 1, 2020.


Wellness Activities

Wellness Activities for youth and their families: New activities posted on-line each week that you can do with your family at home starting May 11, 2020. Themes include: MyPlate food groups, kitchen & food safety, MyPlate sandwich challenge, eating from the garden, cooking activities and videos, rethink your drink, active games and more. Open to all kids and families grades K-6. 


Josephine Extension Mission

A trusted resource for research and education working cooperatively with the communities of Josephine County resulting in healthy people, economies and environments.

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Explore. Experience. Enrich.

We connect Josephine youth and their families to food and all its remarkable forms: growing it, tasting it, cooking it and sharing it with others. We provide engaging educational opportunities to learn where food comes from, how it’s grown, how to safely cook and how food is part of our personal and community health. 


Our Team

Cheryl Kirk
Family and Community Health Faculty
Sara Runkel
Horticulture Faculty
Erika Peterson
Farm to School Nutrition Educator

Farm to School Garden Educator

Chandra Disraeli
Anne Gross
SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educators

About Us

We are a team of OSU Extension educators with skills ranging from gardening and cooking to food systems, nutrition, youth development and physical activity, agriculture and more. We are bound by our passion for building a healthy community through access to food and education about food and agriculture.

These projects are funded, in part, by grants from ODE Farm to School and USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Food Hero

With Food Hero, you will be able to budget for, plan, and create countless healthy, super tasty meals. Learn more at https://foodhero.org.
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