City Club of Eugene: Science Projects Good Enough to Eat

Program Date: Mar. 31, 2023
Air date: Apr. 3, 2023

From The City Club of Eugene:

In community and school-based gardens across the region, students and families are getting their hands dirty while learning to love new foods and mastering new concepts in science, agriculture, and culinary arts. In this program, three of the many local gardening projects will explain their work and how it generates new bonds across generations and neighbors and builds skills in environmental stewardship.

School Garden Project of Lane County is a local nonprofit that currently partners with 18 elementary and middle schools using their onsite gardens as outdoor classrooms. Their activities are designed to introduce children to new science concepts, teach basic gardening skills and encourage eating healthy garden produce. They provide “Science in the Garden” lessons to over 1,400 children annually. In addition, they partner with many other nonprofit organizations to provide gardening resources and support to children and their families in our community.

various green vegetables and carrots with stalks

The Grassroots Garden, a program of FOOD for Lane County, has transformed the 2.5-acre backyard of St. Thomas Episcopal Church into an organic growing space that is active year-round. It includes a City of Eugene compost demonstration site and a full outdoor kitchen. FFLC staff maintain the GrassRoots Garden with help from thousands of children, youth, and adult volunteers. Staff and OSU Lane County Extension Master Gardeners teach workshops and lead educational activities in the garden.


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By KLCC and the City Club of Eugene