All Bethel students will be served fresh and tasty produce during the first week of school, and it’s straight from the Bethel Farm.
Harvesting at the Bethel Farm (located between Prairie Mountain and Kalapuya schools) has collected more than 100 pounds of red and green peppers, 240 cucumbers, 175 slicer tomatoes and 168 pints of cherry tomatoes.
It will all go straight to the salad bars at every Bethel school.
This continues the district’s tradition of being a clear leader in serving locally grown, fresh, and healthy foods in school meals.
Bethel’s current Farm to School program will be expanded thanks to a $100,000 grant from the USDA.
As the only grant recipient in Oregon, Bethel will be able to bring science-based school garden education and nutrition education to each of its elementary schools.
The grant will also fund student field trips to the Bethel Farm and cooking classes for Kalapuya High School students.
Willamette’s Graphic Arts students will design and develop signage for cafeterias and school menus, and create promotional materials for the Farm to School program and the district’s Try It Thursday program.
Bethel’s Nutrition Services Department also recently received a $5,000 award for its use and promotion of mushrooms in school meals.
Back by popular demand, fresh honey is being sold by students at Kalapuya High School.
80 pounds of honey was harvested from the school’s own honey bee hives and was jarred just days ago.
KHS is selling the honey for $10 per pint jar, and it’s first come, first served. The honey sold out very quickly last year.
Contact teacher Rich Dambrov to make your purchase: Richard.email@example.com
Some of the harvested honey is kept for student culinary projects, and a small amount was given to students who took part in the program.
KHS also collected a few pounds of beeswax that was used for various craft projects.
Discovering where popcorn comes from, how plants feed the soil, and how the wind helps grow better plants.
Bethel kids are learning all that and more through hands-on activities at the Bethel Farm.
Located between Kalapuya High School and Prairie Mountain School, the Bethel School District Farm took root last spring. It grew food for school lunches this fall, and is now hosting students on field trips.
Bethel kids get to help plant bean seeds as a winter cover crop, take part in a plan scavenger hunt, and learn how to harvest popcorn…and then eat it!
It’s all happening at the Bethel Farm.