Farm Days!

Plots to Plates is offering Farm Days at Rainshadow!

In May, 90 enthusiastic school children from Redmond Elementary joined us to see how their food is produced. They had a full day of planting seeds, watering, foraging, harvesting, and, of course, sampling!

Do you have a group that would be interested in a Farm Day? We can accommodate small or large groups, from families to businesses and organizations!

Contact us for more info, we sure hope you’ll join us!


Still Accepting Summer Applicants!

Spring has sprung and we  are seeing the garden grow!  Whether you love seeds, worms, greenhouses, fields, flowers, sheep, chickens, horses or just want to learn, there is something for everyone.  We have programs to round out your experience on beautiful Rainshadow Farm.

Help us grow a future! With Plots to Plates, you can gain hands-on experience and join others in the quest for a green Central Oregon. The school is still accepting applicants looking for programs from two weeks to three months long.
Whatever your skill level may be, we have the teachers to train you in arid-climate farming. The classes start when you are ready to join us!  We’re also offering student discounts for summer.
Call today or write us for more information!
 541 306-0383  or write

Upcoming Farm Talks & Tours!

Farm Talks & Tours for 2011 

Talks and tours are open to the public and each will cost $5.00 per person! All events start at 11a.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information about specific events/locations, contact us at! More information to follow, so keep us bookmarked! 

Wednesday, May 11th:  Chris Lawrence will teach on-farm risk management

Wednesday May 18th:  Field trip to Pine Mountain Ranch

Wednesday, May 25th: Visit to Debra Burke’s Wild and Scenic Nursery

Tuesday, May 31st: Field Trip to Dancing Cow Farm

Wednesday, June 8th: COCC movie screening of “Vanishing of the Bees” (Plots to Plates & Slow Food High Desert)

Wednesday, June 15th: Chef Dave from Cafe 3456 teaches about bridging the gap between growers and restaurants

Saturday, June 25th: Second annual farm tour and Bee BBQ at Rainshadow Organics @ 4pm (Plots to Plates & Slow Food High Desert)

Wednesday, June 29th: Pitchfork-T Ranch Management Intensive Grazing Tour and Invasive Weed Management Activity

Saturday, July 2nd: Open farm day through the Central Oregon Garden Tour

Wednesday, July 13th: Dana Martin from OSU extension teaches about strategic planning

Wednesday, July 20th: Visit with Chef Bette Fraser with the Well-Traveled Fork – *This event is at 6pm, not 11am! Only 14 spaces, please reserve soon!*

Wednesday, Aug 10th: Anna Green talks about food preservation at the OSU extension office in Redmond

Sunday, Aug 14th: August Bounty Dinner with Slow Food

Wednesday, Aug 17th: Field Trip to Last Stand Farm with Kim Kambak

Wednesday, Aug 24th: Field Trip to Faith Hope and Charity Vineyard with Cindy

Sunday, August 28th:  Deschutes Watershed celebration at Rainshadow Organics, Farm Tour and dinner.  RSVP!

Tentative course schedule!

The Plots to Plates season will run from May 1 thru October 15, 2011. Participants are required to stay a minimum of two consecutive weeks and must arrive and depart on Saturdays. The cost is $300 for every two weeks and includes a tent space, shower and toilet facility, fresh food from the farm, hands-on and classroom instruction Monday through Friday. Below is a rough schedule for the 2011 season!  Continue reading

Plots to Plates Application!

The application for the 2011 Plots to Plates farm school is here!

Click on the link below to download the application (Word doc). Complete it thoroughly and mail it in to the address listed at the bottom as soon as you can. If you have any questions, please email us at!

P2P Application

Letter of Support!

We wanted to share with you folks this lovely letter of support from one of our awesome collaborators, Judith O’Keefe of Slow Food High Desert!

Dear Sweet Medicine and Sarahlee,

As SF High Desert chapter leader I’m so excited to see this collaboration unfold so effortlessly.  I believe Plots to Plates will not only make a substantial and positive impact in Central and greater Oregon, but through-out the nation.  I see Plots to Plates not only giving children and adults of all ages the opportunity to get their hands dirty and reconnect with the source of their food, but also becoming a model for future farm schools throughout the U.S.  On the local level, my hope is that SFHD will play a significant and sustaining roll in helping P to P to reach its goals, financial and otherwise.

All the Best,


Slow Food High Desert

What’s all the excitement about?!

We are opening our hands-on farm school this April 2011!

Our school is based on a collective of note-worthy educators and exceptional farmers who utilize organic and sustainable farming practices, maintaining healthy native habitat and their natural resources. We are offering the next generation of producers, educators, and advocates of sustainable land use systems of feeding themselves and their communities locally.

Mission: Plots to Plates’ mission is to educate and foster ecological renewal, economic viability, and social justice in local, sustainable food education programs.

Primary activities: Local, sustainable, food education and hands-on outreach programs in Central Oregon.

Project Location and Description: Deer Haven and Rainshadow Organics are the main sites of our live-in school and outdoor classrooms. We will produce a body of students trained by innovative, entrepreneurial, expert farmers who farm both sustainably and profitably. The students will have the opportunity to learn how to revitalize small farming with crop diversity, capable of feeding themselves and the local community through direct marketing.

Outreach programs will go hand in hand for the outer-community offerings, encouraging and engaging students to learn about ecological renewal and economic viability through local, sustainable food programs. These programs will be filmed and provided for future trainings and presentations.

Our courses are directed towards aspiring or beginning farmers and ranchers, showing what it takes to grow one’s own food through the application of a curriculum focused on sustainable local crops. Plots to Plates will offer the greater community field trips, short farm stays, organic growing at home, food-from-the-field cooking classes, and semester study programs for the future farm stewards of America.

Who’s Running this School? A partnership between Sweet Medicine Nation, Founder and President of Four Winds Foundation (501c3), and Sarahlee Lawrence, owner and producer of Rainshadow Organics, will join forces. Sarahlee and Sweet Medicine have a cumulative outdoor and ecology-based teaching history of forty years and are drawing upon the seasoned expertise of sixteen producers and collaborators to present this year’s launch of Plots to Plates. You can read more about these women and their growth over the last 10 years through the sites listed below.

We invite questions and inquiries.

Sweet Medicine Nation and Sarahlee Lawrence welcome you to join and follow Plots to Plates Blog site!