FFLC Gardens Need Green Thumbs

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Spring is on its way. While it may be too early to plant vegetables, the Food for Lane County gardens are getting ready for the growing season.

At FLLC’s Youth Farm there’s always work to be done, even in the off season when it’s gray and cloudy.

“Even when it rains, yes,” said volunteer Mac Johnson, FFLC Youth Farm.

Winter is a time for sowing seeds.

“To prepare this we need to make wells,” Johnson said.

Johnson has donated up to 12 hours per week for three years and has got the system down. Starting with tiny oriental vegetable seeds putting only two per cell, it takes a careful eye. The soil is then prepped again, followed by the addition of top soil.

“It’s simple but you have to pay attention to it,” Johnson said.

Starting in February, 50 to a hundred trays are prepared each week. The pace slows down a bit in summer, but the process continues through September.

FFLC says it couldn’t operate at this level at its youth farm, the GrassRoots Garden or the Churchill Community Garden without volunteers.

“Not at this scale for what we all do for all the different gardens,” said coordinator Ted Purdy, FFLC Youth Farm.

Sowing seeds is just one competent. During spring, summer and fall volunteers work in the fields, planting and harvesting.

But volunteer numbers have been down during the past few years and help is needed at all three gardens.

You can volunteer at any of the Food for Lane County gardens here.

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