Kids harvesting cabbage. text reads grassroots garden   Young girl holding an ear of corn and smiling. text reads youth farm  Kids harvesting corn and smiling. text reads seed to supper & gardening workshops.

Gardens program

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.

Youth Farm Adult Intern, 1-2 positions available

Responsible To Ted Purdy, Youth Farm Coordinator and Dan Rousseau, Outreach Coordinator
Length of Internship:  mid-July-November 17; 2 days/week (Tu & Th); 9-5
Intern Stipend: $1,600 total

FOOD For Lane County’s Youth Farm is a 6-acre urban educational farm where we work with community to increase food security and offer skill-building opportunities to people of all ages.  Interns work alongside youth, volunteers, and staff to grow food for FFLC, our Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) and our produce stands. FFLC interns also work with our Summer Leadership Program that focuses on helping teen participants gain essential job and life skills, while also learning about gardening and nutrition. FFLC interns will participate in all farm related activities and receive training to develop their roles as leaders.

FFLC values diversity of all kinds, and is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome people of all different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives.

Full internship description

To apply: To apply, please submit a letter detailing your interests and availability, a resume and contact information for one reference to Jen Anonia at Positions will be open until filled.

Seed to Supper & Gardening Workshops:

  • 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

    Watch this space for upcoming Seed to Supper classes!


  • Volunteer
    We coordinate meaningful tasks appropriate for all ages and abilities. Visit our volunteer page for contact information and hours.
  • 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.

The GrassRoots Garden

Drop-in volunteer hours for adults 18 and over: See hours and opportunities here.

Kids kneel and harvest cabbage.

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)
GrassRoots Garden volunteer hours


The Youth Farm

All volunteers 16 yrs. and up are welcome to help at the Youth Farm!

Volunteers are able to drop in during certain times in the week. Find out when we’re open here!

Even though the duration says 7 hours, you do not need to arrive at 9 am or stay until 4 or 5 pm.

Whether you have a couple of hours or all day to volunteer, anytime you have to give is very much appreciated.

Planting, harvesting, weeding – there is so much we could use your help with.

Check in with Dan or Ted when you arrive!

youth farm sign behind a large amount of fresh produce

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 100+ member Community Supported Agriculture Program and two produce stands.


Where: 705 Flamingo Avenue, Springfield, OR 97477

  • Youth Farm volunteer hours
  • Try our veggies
    Purchase our produce through our Community Supported Agriculture program (Please note the 2022 CSA is full. Check back in February or March 2023 to join the 2023 CSA!).
  • Check out our farm stand
  • Purchase our produce at our online farm stand for pickup at the Youth Farm (open to online pre-order customers only):


Trillium Veggie RX in Association with the FFLC Youth Farm

veggie rx logo

Trillium Veggie Rx provides access to free fresh fruits and vegetables to patients as a way to help with a variety of health conditions, or if they screen positive for food insecurity using the Screen & Intervene screening tool. The patient takes the vegetable prescription/voucher to the FFLC Youth Farm stand, or gets a subsidized weekly box of vegetables.

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. Please note the 2022 CSA is full. Check back in February or March 2023 to join the 2023 CSA!