Resources For Community

How do we balance the needs of a growing population with a finite planet? By the year 2050, our planet will be home to another 2 billion people. How will we feed them all? Not only will there be more people, but everyone will have more money to spend on food. Where, on an increasingly crowded planet, will we grow all of it? Picture what would happen if we could freeze the footprint of food by doubling the productivity of farming.

Community Council & Value Added Agriculture

The mission of the Community Council is to foster a civic culture that inspires a citizen-driven, consensus-based, problem-solving process to prepare the greater Walla Walla area for future growth, change and challenges to enhance the quality of life for everyone. The Community Council in conjunction with the Oregon State University Umatilla County Extension have developed a Value-Added Agriculture website of resources that should be helpful for instructors in developing curriculum on that topic as well as for students. As the result of a study by the Community Council, a Value Added Agriculture resources website was developed in conjunction with the Oregon State Extension Service for Umatilla County.  The website offers information on funding opportunities, regulations, related government entities/infrastructure, logistics, and other resources.

To learn more about Community Council visit their website.

To learn more about Value Added Agriculture, visit the website.

Therapy Gardens-Why?

To receive a free copy of our new “Guide to Creating Therapy Gardens”, Published by the Agriculture Center of Excellence, contact the office at (509) 527-4635.

~Farms to Schools-Walla Walla Program~

School gardens exist now at Sharpstein, Green Park, and Prospect Point Elementary Schools and Garrison Middle School.  The gardens at Sharpstein and Garrison were started in the spring of 2007.  The Green Park garden was started in 2010.  A teacher at Prospect Point created its garden in 2009. The garden at Sharpstein was started by parents interested in providing experiential learning opportunities for students while promoting  nutrition. It was a shared vision that the garden would link food, culture, health and the environment through hands-on experience.  Growing and preparing food is a powerful way for children to discover that healthy food tastes good, and to learn about the cycles, seasons, and other processes of nature. The garden at Garrison Middle school was initiated by a Science teacher and the after school activities coordinator.  It was created and has been maintained by an after school garden club. Click HERE for more information.