Youth Farm Reaps Abundant Harvest

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Summer is over, but that doesn’t mean farm stands are closing. In fact, this is the best time of year to check out produce.

You can find an abundance of organic fruits and vegetables at the Youth Farm Stand in Springfield. From squash to tomatoes, it’s fresh and right off the farm.

Food for Lane County’s Youth Farm is in its 15th year. It’s expanded, offering 40 different crops, and it’s definitely growing. The new cultivated field has cabbage, corn, broccoli and cucumbers.

Crops now cover about four acres at the farm. Every summer a youth crew of about 15 teens is hired to work the fields while learning about sustainability and benefits of eating organic produce.

“Basically, how to grow everything, harvest it, how to transplant, how to take this and make it into a smaller sustainable garden for my house,” said youth farm crew member Adrianna Porrazzo.

“It’s given me something to do with my time, as well as helping out people that really need food that isn’t processed,” said youth farm crew member Chenoa Young.

This year, the youth farm expects to harvest a total of 90,000 pounds of produce.

About 50,000 pounds goes directly to Food for Lane County. The other 40,000 pounds is sold at the Youth Farm Stand and the new stand located at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend on Thursdays from 2 p.m. until 6p.m. The  Youth Farm Stand is open very Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 705 Flamingo Avenue.

Both farm stands will run through the end of October.


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