EUGENE, Ore. — Hundreds of people eager for spring stocked up on herbs, veggies and flowers at Saturday’s Food For Lane County plant sale.
The annual spring sale benefits the non-profit’s garden programs. The GrassRoots Garden was packed as soon at the sale started, and coordinators say about 1,000 people attend over the course of the day.
Each year the sale raises between $9,000 and $12,000 for Food For Lane County’s three gardens.
“We grow a lot of food for the food banks, somewhere in the range of 180,000 pounds of food is grown per year. All organically grown,” says Ted Purdy, Food For Lane County’s Youth Farm Coordinator. “Most of it goes right back into the food bank system to help people in need.”
Coordinators say this sale helps make it possible to provide nutritional options to those who rely on local food banks.
Food For Lane County also holds a Summer Plant Sale that will happen sometime in May.