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When today’s seniors were children many of them lived a farm-to-fork lifestyle — not because it was a trendy but because their families grew their own food.

Children were expected to milk the cow and gather eggs before and after school.

The Springs Living, an Oregon-based senior housing company, is bringing the farm back to senior residents’ tables.

Several years ago The Springs Living, based in McMinnville, prioritized locally sourced, seasonal ingredients for its restaurant-style dining services, which are an integral part of all 12 of its senior living communities, including Lake Oswego’ The Springs at Carman Oaks.

The company recently hired Sam Currie as director of culinary services to help expand the company’s relationships with small, local farmers and ranchers to help ensure fresh, sustainably produced ingredients are the mainstay of their menus. As director of culinary services, Currie sets the vision for how food contributes to senior residents’ overall wellness.

“Sam has the experience, and maybe more important, the passion to connect residents to the local ingredients that surround us,” said Jay Leo, director of operations for The Springs Living. “Sam inspires all of us to celebrate the story of where the ingredients come from, and provides visibility of how they were grown and harvested. We’re very excited to lead the way in serving up local, seasonal ingredients to seniors. It’s an effort we haven’t seen on a grand scale in the senior living industry, and we know it’s the right thing to do.”

Currie served on a committee that helped inform former Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s Sustainability Board on the business efforts of local food producers and buyers. He has nearly 20 years of experience promoting socially responsible food procurement practices and developing sourcing networks of Northwest growers, ranchers and artisans.

“Each of our communities, like The Springs at Carman Oaks, has talented chefs who enjoy working with the freshest ingredients they can get,” Currie said. “Part of my job is to make it even easier for them to source local ingredients for the best suppliers.”

Learn more about The Springs Living online at TheSpringsLiving.com.

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