Kalapuya High School

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School garden education and field trips to the Bethel Farm will be funded by a $100,000 USDA grant.

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.

The second annual Bethel Grad Walk was another tremendous success. Willamette and Kalapuya seniors – dressed in their graduation gowns and mortar boards – visited all Bethel elementary and middle schools. It was a chance to thank the teachers who helped them over the years, and to motivate young students to aim for graduation and beyond.

The public can purchase this honey harvested from Kalapuya High School hives. The limited supply is expected to be sold quickly.

The public can purchase this honey harvested from Kalapuya High School hives. The funds go back into the school’s impressive Agriculture program.

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.dambrov@bethel.k12.or.us

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.

Fairfield students help harvest popcorn. They later had a chance to eat some freshly popped corn.

Fairfield students help remove kernels from popping corn using an old-fashioned hand crank. They later had a chance to eat some freshly popped corn.

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.

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