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RE: re. community roots conference

  • Subject: RE: [cg] re. community roots conference
  • From: "Alisa Larson" <alarson@pioneer.net>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2001 09:18:58 -0700
  • Importance: Normal

Monica
Food for Lane County here in Oregon has a several programs involving youth;
one
of the most impressive is a several acre youth farm
that is run by the youth, they are a sliding scale CSA located near
low income housing that they supply.  The youth are also allowed to
have their own plot for their family.  They sell at the farm stand and run
it too.
They also have a program mentoring for the youth. They receive training in
horticulture, small business, entreprenuerial gardens...etc...At the end of
the season
they go work shadow, with someone in a field they are interested in.
They have fabulous program and impressive farm with all youth labor and an
adult garden director.  For more information call the garden director:
Keith Perchmidies 541-343-2822
Garden site:  705 Flamingo Avenue, Springfield OR
Incidentally, the land they have the garden on was a vacant lot that belongs
to the schoool district, 2-3 acres.

Food For Lane County has several large garden farms that grow food to be
distributed through
food banks, shelters, low income housing units, etc... for low income
persons.  They have started community gardens in low income housing areas
and then turned
them over to the tenants, some have turned into a source of income for the
tenants, selling flowers,
veg starts, etc...others remain subsistence gardens...
Food for Lane County has one large site that houses greenhouses, etc. that
produce starts for
all their gardens.

They have also started a worm culture project using a VISTA volunteer,
they collect organic usable wastes to feed the red worms and sell the
compost...this is
also done by teens...

They have a teen project partnership farm with a High School in Eugene.
They partner with
a neighborhood association and the Highschool provides the instructional
curicullum for the teens.

Their projects are an inspiration
Alisa


-----Original Message-----
From: community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
[mailto:community_garden-admin@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of John Herndon
Sent: Friday, July 06, 2001 8:36 AM
To: monica@tacaa.org
Cc: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] re. community roots conference


Monica, these folks seem to have youth workers well organized.  Click on
youth programs.
Good Luck,
John Herndon
Community Garden Coordinator
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
WWW.thefoodproject.org


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