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New group wants to build small farms on school grounds

A new Portland-area nonprofit called Schoolyard Farms launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo today to raise money for a pilot farm at Candy Lane Elementary School in Milwaukie.

Schoolyard Farms hopes to go beyond the school garden movement by planting small farms of one acre or more on school grounds, raising food to serve in each school’s cafeteria.

“Childhood obesity is at an all-time high and, yet, children are going hungry in Oregon,” says Courtney Leeds, director and founder of Schoolyard Farms.

The new group hopes to raise $17,000 over Indiegogo by Dec. 6.

After the startup phase, the organization hopes to generate revenue by selling produce grown on the farm and host fee-for-service programs such as summer camp, after-school cooking and gardening classes.

For more information: www.indiegogo.com/projects/grow-schoolyard-farms.