FOOD for Lane County’s two gardens — the GrassRoots Garden and the Youth Farm — grow fresh nutritious food for distribution through the FFLC network of partner agencies while providing opportunities for youth and adults to grow, learn and contribute to their community. More than 2,000 children and youth visit the gardens each year, and youth and adults gain skills in gardening, nutrition, and community building.
Learn and grow with us:
- Attend a Seed to Supper Class Series
Seed to Supper™ is a free beginning vegetable gardening course that teaches participants how to garden on a budget. In this interactive class, participants gain new knowledge and skills to be able to start a garden and grow some of their own food. Trained and experienced volunteer educators teach the class primarily indoors with visits to on-site gardens when available. Students who complete the course have access to a course booklet, seeds, organic compost and fertilizers and other goodies. Course topics:
- Garden site and soil development
- Garden planning
- Planting a garden
- Caring for a growing garden
- Harvesting and using garden bounty
- Current classes (registration is required):
We coordinate meaningful tasks appropriate for all ages and abilities. Visit our volunteer page for contact information and our volunteer application.
- Be a Seed to Supper Volunteer
Seed to Supper is a comprehensive, six-week beginning gardening course that gives novice, adult gardeners the tools they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget. Seed to Supper Garden Educator volunteers teach classes at community host sites. FOOD for Lane County offers Seed to Supper in partnership with Oregon Food Bank.
- Attend a workshop
Contact us for the latest schedule for workshops on beginning and advanced gardening skills.
- Visit the gardens
Schedule a field trip and service learning opportunity for your school, organization or business. Attend one of our annual plant sales! 2017 Spring Plant sale on April 8 or Summer Plant sale on May 13!
- Try our veggies
Purchase our produce through our Community Supported Agriculture program.
- Check out our farm stands
Purchase our produce at our farm stands:
- Saturdays June through October, 10-2 at our Youth Farm, 705 Flamingo Ave. in Springfield
- Thursdays June through October, 2-6 at PeaceHealth RiverBend.
- At the farm stands, we accept SNAP/EBT and match up to $10 and WIC and Direct Nutrition Coupons and match up to $5.
The GrassRoots Garden
The GrassRoots Garden is a 2.5-acre garden that includes a City of Eugene compost demonstration site and a full outdoor kitchen. FFLC staff maintain the GrassRoots Garden with help from thousands of children, youth and adult volunteers. Staff and OSU Lane County Extension Master Gardeners teach workshops and lead educational activities in the garden.
Where: 1465 Coburg Road, Eugene, OR 97401 (Behind St. Thomas Episcopal Church)
Volunteer hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 9am – 4pm
The Youth Farm
The Youth Farm is a 5 acre urban educational farm and a work experience site for youth. Each year, community volunteers assist staff in growing over 100,000 pounds of organic produce, learning while growing. Each summer, a crew of teens works at the farm where they receive job skills and training in gardening, leadership, financial management and nutrition while growing food for FFLC and for a 90+ member Community Supported Agriculture Program and two produce stands.
Where: 705 Flamingo Avenue, Springfield, OR 97477
February: Wednesday and Saturday, 10am – 4pm
March – November 22: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9am – 4pm
*There are no regular open volunteer hours at the Youth Farm November 23 through January 31.
Want to become a Community Supported Agriculture member?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) establishes a direct link between food consumers and food growers. FFLC’s Youth Farm currently offers CSA memberships. Find out more about the program here.