High-Quality Food Gardens for Lower Incomes

vegetable-gardenAffording high-quality produce can be difficult for some families, but a partnership between Oregon State University’s Extension Service and Oregon Food Bank is offering free classes that aim to fix that. The Seed to Supper program is a five-week course that teaches adults from low-income families how to grow their own vegetables.

With more than 800 program completers, master gardeners have taught 55 classes since 2013. The program was started in the winter of 2013 by Jennifer Klammer and Donna Durbin when they recognized a disconnect between food grown in a church garden and food donated to assist local residents in need.

Klammer said, “This [program] gives people a sense of control over their food source.” Participants in the program receive a 96-page handbook, along with seeds and starts, which allow them to garden how they see fit, even on balconies! They learn the basics in classes, which include lessons in how to build healthy soil and the process of gardening, from planning to harvest.

Upcoming classes are held for Linn and Benton counties from March 19 through April 16 in Albany. For more information, contact the OSU Extension Service or Master Gardener programs in your area. 

By Kyra Young