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FOOD for Lane County plant sale benefits youth farm

The FOOD for Lane County plant sale benefits the youth farm. (SBG photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Organic vegetables, flowers and herbs were for sale Saturday at the FOOD for Lane County garden in Springfield.

It’s one of their biggest fundraisers of the year. It raises an estimated $20,000. That money supports FOOD for Lane County’s youth farm.

Every summer the farm hires low-income teens from Eugene and Springfield to take care of the gardens.

It’s a way for them to earn money for themselves and their families.

“There's just not as many opportunities for teenagers for jobs these days. So this is a really neat opportunity where they get to be out here working hard and earning some money and having a good time doing this kind of work,” said Ted Purdy, youth farm coordinator with FOOD for Lane County.

Produce raised on the youth farm helps feed needy families in Lane County.

The teens will also sell produce at their farm stand on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Flamingo Avenue in Springfield.

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