Gardens program

FOOD for Lane County’s three gardens — the GrassRoots Garden, the Youth Farm and Churchill Community Garden — 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 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.
  • 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 and WIC 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 and OSU Lane County Extension Master Gardeners maintain the GrassRoots Garden with help from thousands of children, youth and adult volunteers.

Where: 1465 Coburg Road, Eugene, OR 97401 (Behind St. Thomas Episcopal Church)
Volunteer hours:
May-October: Tuesday- Saturday, 9am – 4pm
November- April: Tuesday and Thursday 9am – 4pm

The Youth Farm

The Youth Farm is a 3.5 acre farm and a work experience site for youth. 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 60-member Community Supported Agriculture Program and two produce stands.

Where: 705 Flamingo Avenue, Springfield, OR 97477
Volunteer hours:
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.

Churchill Community Garden

Located behind Kennedy Middle School, teachers from Kennedy and Churchill High School use the one-acre Churchill Community Garden to explore classroom subjects in a garden setting.  An on-site community garden offers individuals and families a site to grow food for their households, including families from Huerto de la Familia/The Family Garden.

Where: 2200 Bailey Hill Road, Eugene, OR 97405
Volunteer hours:
February 18- November 26: Wednesday and Thursday,9am – 5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm
December and January: Please contact us for winter volunteer hours.

Want to become a Community Supported Agriculture member?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) establishes a direct link between food consumers and food growers FFLC’s Churchill Community Garden and Youth Farm currently offer CSA memberships. Find out more about the program here.