Yakisoba from Umi Organic Noodles served in Portland Public Schools.

Yakisoba from Umi Organic Noodles served in Portland Public Schools.

Courtesy of Lola Mulholland



  • Oregon’s school lunches are wholly paid for by federal dollars. At least they were until 2011 when Oregon passed legislation creating the Farm to School Grant. That established a state fund for schools to purchase fresh, locally-produced food. That law is now up for renewal and expansion. For 12 years, Whitney Ellersick, the senior director of nutrition services at Portland Public Schools, has been working to keep students fed and ready to learn every day. We hear from her and Lola Milholland, the CEO of Umi Organic, which has developed a new organic yakisoba noodle specifically to meet USDA requirements to be included in school lunches.



  • This weekend, fans of the band Phish will arrive in Corvallis, Oregon, from around the country. They’re not coming for a concert, though. Oregon State University is hosting the first-ever academic conference on the band. Philosophy professor Stephanie Jenkins is coordinating the conference.



  • The Portland Meadows race track is set to close for horse racing at the end of June, but that doesn’t mean commercial racing is over in Oregon. Grants Pass Downs now has a commercial racing license and will host nine days of racing this summer, with more commercial races planned in the fall. Rebecca Anderson, vice president of Southern Oregon Horse Racing, tells us what horse racing could mean to Grants Pass.

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