Schoolyard Farms

Justin Davidson, Co-Founder

PO Box 14135, Portland, OR. 97267

503-567-5682

[email protected]

schoolyardfarms.org

Schoolyard Farms partners with public K-12 schools to build working farms on their underused schoolyards. We teach kids where their food comes from, how to grow it and cook it, so they can grow up to be healthy food citizens. 

Mission

We are dedicated to creating healthier communities by teaching kids how to grow nutritious food that goes from their schoolyard to their plate. 

Vision

We envision a world where school-based farms teach everyone where fresh, nutritious food comes from, how to grow it and cook it. Where high schools prepare students with green job skills so they can become the leaders of tomorrow. And where small-scale farming thrives, creating viable local jobs and a healthier food-system. Through our work, the next generation will grow up to lead healthier, more productive lives. 

Values

We believe that good food comes from good soil. We go to great lengths to be good stewards of the land and grow food in responsible, regenerative ways. For us, this means minimal tilling, cover crops and integrated pest management. Healthy soil equals healthy food which equals healthy kids. 

We believe that everything’s connected. A mantra at Schoolyard Farms is, “Self-care, people-care, earth-care.” One leads to the other. With this in mind, we strive to build meaningful relationships with our students, neighbors, community partners, and more, because we know that together we’re better. 

We believe in doing things differently. Whether it’s using social enterprise to sustain our programs or pioneering pathways for serving local food in the cafeteria, we believe in taking a second-look at old systems, using the parts that work and replacing the parts that don’t. 

We believe that good food is a human right. We want to invite everyone to sit at our table–regardless of race, income or geography–and eat healthy, local food. To do this, we must consciously work toward breaking down our own individual, cultural and political barriers to ensure a healthy community.