Our Farm to School Program is designed for the students, by our students. Each school has a Student Nutrition Advisory Council (SNAC), an organization that collaborates with the Nutrition Services Department to ensure that students have access to good quality, fresh, and locally grown produce each day.
The Student Nutrition Advisory Councils (SNAC) at each school site are led by students, supported by faculty, staff, and the Nutrition Services Department. SNAC collects feedback through surveys, taste testing events, and social media that Nutrition Services uses to plan our menu. SNAC promotes health and wellness on campus through events and awareness campaigns. SNAC also creates and maintains school gardens that provide fruits and vegetables for our cafeterias.
We are always searching for more partners in our community to support this vital program for our students. We need to raise funds to support our farm field trips and growing school gardens. We also welcome donations of supplies and friends, family, and neighbors who would like to volunteer.
If you would like to support our program in any way, please contact:
Anna Jackson, Farm to School Coordinator
OUHSD’s Farm to School Program is honored to accept the 2016 Golden Seed “Sow” Award from the California Farm to School Network, in recognition of our growing farm to school program.
Our program utilizes nutrition education and school garden curriculum from the following sources:
LifeLab, UC Santa Cruz
Center for Nutrition in Schools, UC Davis
Agricultural Sustainability Institute, UC Davis
Center for Community Health, UC San Diego
Our Farm to School Program would not be possible without the generous support from our community.
We would like to thank:
The McHugh-O’Donovan Foundation
California Department of Food and Agriculture, Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Ventura County Farm to School Collaborative
Fruit Grower’s Laboratory, Inc.
Ventura County Public Health- Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Coastal Pipco Irrigation Supply
Oxnard Fire Department
BMC Lumber Company
Apricot Lane Farms
SEEAG (Students For Eco-Education and Agriculture)
Farm Bureau of Ventura County
Abundant Table Farm
Allied Citrus Farm
Beylik Tomato Farm
Rincon Vitova Insectary
Jones Family Farm
Harry’s Berries Farm
The Dairy Council
Smarter Lunchrooms Movement
California State University, Channel Islands
CSUCI Bike Kitchen
Newbury Park Bicycle Shop
Green Thumb Nursery