Lane County’s Youth Farm

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Happy Peas Logo- Lane County Youth FarmI’m happy to add a new addition to my Farmer’s Market listing, Food For Lane County’s Youth Farm Project.
 

as reported in the Eugene Weekly:

The FOOD For Lane County (FFLC) Youth Farm Project, now in its seventh consecutive season, will once again open its organic produce stand at the Farm’s Springfield location Saturday, June 18. The stand offers a wide variety of seasonal organic produce at very affordable prices.

Everything is grown on site by a crew of low-income youth ages 14-18. The Youth Farm was started in 1998 to provide young people with little economic prospects the opportunity to participate in a cooperative organic garden while earning an income at the same time. The farm employs a seasonal crew chosen from a diverse group of at-risk youth throughout the area and is situated in an economically depressed part of Springfield where organic products can be otherwise hard to find.

Drop-in volunteer opportunities are available to anyone at the farm on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm. The stand is located at 705 Flamingo Ave. off Game Farm Road in Springfield and will be open from 10 am to 2 pm every Saturday through September. For more information visit the FFLC website. — Dave Constantin

Info from Food For Lane County:

Sponsor a Youth Farmer
Each season, FFLC hires a crew of teenagers to work at the Youth Farm. Local teenagers, ages 14-18, are recruited from area schools and youth service programs. Crew positions are open to low-income youth, and hiring is based on need and diversity as much as personal qualifications. Youth Farmers are responsible for assisting with all aspects of running the farm, including running a produce stand and a Community Supported Agriculture membership program. For information on how to sponsor a Youth Farmer this summer, contact Gardens Program Director Jen Anonia at (541) 343-2822 or gardens@foodforlanecounty.org.

Every Saturday from June 18th through September, 10am-2pm, the Youth Farmers sell fresh, nutritious produce grown and harvested at the farm. The stand is located onsite at 705 Flamingo Ave. off Game Farm Road in Springfield.

Community Supported Agriculture
Become a community supported agriculture (CSA) member of the Youth Farm and receive a weekly boxed selection of all the produce that is ripe and ready at the farm. Sliding scale prices are available. I want to become a CSA member!

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