EUGENE, Ore. — Third graders at Eugene’s Fairfield Elementary School got some hands-on learning experience Wednesday morning for National Farm to School month, and some local and state officials even joined in.
Mayor Kitty Piercy, State Representative Val Hoyle, Bethel School Superintendent Colt Gill, and city councilor candidate Claire Syrett all worked shoulder-to-shoulder at Fairfield’s school garden.
Fairfield is an official Oregon Green School, and students there have been participating in the School Garden Project.
“This school garden project is great because as kids grow food and fruits and vegetables they’re more likely to eat them than if they see them in a can or at the supermarket, so this is really connecting kids with good, farm grown food,” Hoyle said.
The kids have been getting weekly science lessons in their school garden. They even grow and taste their own vegetables.