Rogue Valley Farm to School
Granite Man is proud to be a fundraising event for Rogue Valley Farm to School. The Rogue Valley Farm to School educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals. We work to inspire an appreciation of local agriculture that improves the economy and environment of our community and the health of its members.
Farm to School programs link local farmers with schools. This simple concept holds great potential as a solution to two of the major challenges facing our society: concerns about the diet and health of children and the dwindling of small farms. By purchasing locally grown products, schools are able to serve fresher produce to students, create new markets for local farms, and incorporate exciting programs that meet state education standards. Farms gain a sense of community involvement by impacting the lives of children and becoming involved in agricultural education, while benefiting from increased sales.
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Are you coming out to participate or cheer someone on at this year’s Granite Man? Pack some sunscreen, some water, and some of your old shoes. Old shoes? Yes… this year at Granite Man we are asking anyone and everyone to bring us your gently worn shoes to donate to Soles4Souls. Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of everyday people like you. Since 2005 they have distributed over 7 million pairs to over 125 countries and are currently calculated to be donating one pair every 9 seconds. Please take part in our mission to help Soles4Souls by bringing a gently worn pair to our drop location at the race. You can’t begin a race without lacing up your shoes, so let’s help other people worldwide begin theirs. Look for our shoe drop off bin at the race!