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Adopt a Farmer Program

Showing Students how Oregon is “Rooted. Green. Vital.”

The Adopt a Farmer program launched in 2011-2012 in 3 Beaverton School District middle schools.  The program enables 6th, 7th and 8th graders to connect with an Oregon farmer for an entire school year and experience life on the farm firsthand.  In the program's first year, it reached 400 students.

Three Oregon farm operations volunteered their time for the cause, including Doerfler Farms, Willamette Egg Farms and Pearmine Farms. The program is designed so that each farmer visits the classroom once a quarter.

With such a positive response from the teachers, students and farmers, ABC plans to expand the Adopt a Farmer program to schools across the state.  The success of the program is allowing it to expand to 12 schools during the 2012/13 academic year in Albany, Beaverton, Eugene, Salem, and Silverton. It’s estimated that 1,200 middle school students will participate in the program.

Students participate in Adopt A Farmer program 

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