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Local leaf pickup benefits Food for Lane County garden

Leaves left on the curb in Lane County don't go to waste. Many are put to use as compost for the Food for Lane County Grassroots Garden. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – Food for Lane County’s Grassroots Garden is turning thousands of leaves into thousands of pounds of food for the hungry and homeless in the community.

The garden relies on leaves left on the curb every year to make compost. The garden grows up to 70,000 pounds of organic produce every year.

“41 percent of everyone in Lane County qualifies for emergency food assistance. 53 percent of all kids in school are on free lunch program. So, by everybody helping and pitching in, we help friends and family,” said Merry Bradley from the Grassroots Garden.

Find the leaf collection program for your neighborhood:

Eugene Leaf Collection

Springfield Leaf Collection

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