Walla Walla Valley

Farm to School

Our Mission:

The mission of the Walla Walla Valley Farm to School is to inspire healthy communities through food, farm and garden experience.


A healthy community is not only physically and mentally well, but also cares for the environment and supports a strong local economy. We connect students with food in their school gardens and want kids to grow up choosing foods that are good for their bodies, the environment and the surrounding agricultural community.

Our History


Well before becoming an independent non-profit on Sept. 8 2015, Beth Thiel (WWVF2S Program Director) began work as a volunteer that eventually led to that point. In 2007 a core group of volunteers built a school garden at Sharpstein Elementary and immediately began working with school teachers to implement its use for students.

Over the ensuing years, this work blossomed to encompass many more aspects: supporting school gardens at five elementary and two middle schools; supporting classroom lessons as well as garden clubs at all gardens; taking students on farm field trips; implementing cafeteria fresh food tastings known as “Harvest of the Month”; recipe development and trainings for school nutrition services; holding cooking classes at both middle schools; building relationships with farmers to increase school district use of local foods and participating annually in Taste WA Day.

Much of this work was made possible through a two year USDA Farm to School grant awarded in 2012. At the conclusion of the grant’s funding period, a group of community volunteers formed Walla Walla Valley Farm to School (WWVF2S), which has subsequently gained non-profit status in order to sustain the myriad programs and activities begun. In August 2019 WWVF2S merged with the Sustainable Living Center as an initiative program. Primary work is now focused on: building sustainable school garden programs that maximize school garden use; promoting local food and farmers in the community; and advancing the dialogue about our local food system.

Our Supporters

It takes a village to raise a school garden!


Thanks to these community partners:


  • School parent and teacher volunteers and PTA organizations

  • Walla Walla Public School (WWPS) Maintenance Departmen

  • WWPS Teaching and Learning Department

  • High School carpentry classes who have built garden equipment boxes and sheds

  • Middle School carpentry classes who have built mason bee homes

  • Garrison Middle School ASB

  • Sustainable Practices Lab – Washington State Dept of Corrections

  • 21st century after school program

  • Whitman College Community Engagement Center

  • Whitman Community Science Outreach

  • AAUW

  • United Way of Walla Walla County

  • George T. Welch Trust

  • Yancy P Winans Trust

  • Sherwood Trust

  • Blue Mountain Community Foundation

 Thanks to these business partners – Please support them

  • Asmus Tree Care

  • Bacon & Eggs

  • Blue Valley Meats

  • Brasserie Four

  • Froghollow Farm

  • Graze

  • Hayshaker Farms

  • Heifer Raising Farm

  • Maple Counter

  • R & R Farms

  • Urban Grow Systems

  • Welcome Table Farm

  • Wenzel’s Nursery

Special Thanks to Our Garden Sponsors...

Flower Power Level Sponsor 

  • Jane Coffey in Memory of Cecil R. Coffey 

Sprout Level Sponsor

  • Wenzel Nursery

  • Sprout Level Sponsor - Anonymous Donation


These essential funds allow supported classroom visits to school gardens for lessons in science, nutrition and more.

Extra Special Thanks to Maple Counter Cafe! 

Since 2016, Maple Counter Café has sponsored a winter spaghetti dinner fundraiser! For this event, Kory and Rachel Nagler and the whole Café crew donate their time to roast and freeze gleaned fall tomatoes and peppers, create an outstanding sauce and salad with other donated ingredients and serve the meal with local wines.  It is an exceptional gift that everyone looks forward to each year. We are so grateful for their community spirit as well as the funding, which is essential to provide meaningful experiences in the school gardens. 

Stay tuned for details for our next fundraiser dinner!

  • 7- Hills

  • Isenhower

  • Balboa

  • Waliser

  • Da Ma

  • Sleight of Hand

  • Amavi

  • Pepperbridge

  • Tempus

  • SuLei

  • Andy’s Market

  • Super One

  • Albertson’s

  • Facebook
Contact Us
Phone: 509.386.2037

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am to 4 pm   ●  Saturday & Sunday CLOSED


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Sunday - Wednesday CLOSED  

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Walla Walla Community College

Water & Environmental Center 

640 Water Center Drive 

Walla Walla, WA 99362

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