Seed to Supper

Seed To Supper

This free 6-week beginning gardening course gave participants the tools they needed to start a garden and grow their own food on a budget. Participants also received tips on how to use fresh produce as a part of a budget-friendly and healthy way to build self-sufficiency.

This was a joint program of Oregon Food Bank, OSU Extension Service and HDFFA. HDFFA served as Central Oregon’s Seed to Supper host.


Resources Provided

Participants received free produce, learned new gardening and urban farming skills, worked outside and met community members.

  • Seed to Supper Beginner Gardening Book
  • Space to grow – Either a garden plot or container garden equipment
  • Seeds, plant starts, compost and soil amendments
  • Training and dirty hands!

Skills Taught

Learned to grow food from seed and make fresh produce part of your budget-friendly meals.

  • How to build a garden
  • Planting, choosing vegetables for our climate
  • Mulching and soil amending
  • Building row covers to extend your growing season
  • Harvesting and saving seeds

The folks in our community need to know how to cook healthy. The garden has made our lives healthier by giving us the opportunity to grow our own vegetables. Mr. Aims at SVdP

Volunteer Hours
Courses Taught
Community Gardens


Bend Community Center (2017)
Taught community members foundational gardening skills.

Volunteers in Medicine (2014)
Participants got a classroom deep dive on all the basics of gardening.

St. Vincent de Paul (2014)
Provided all soil, seeds and materials to build a 30’ x 30’ fenced garden bed.

Shepherd’s House (2014)
Participants built a new garden, expanded the irrigation system, and learned how to tend new perennial vegetables, like strawberries.  Five permanent residents converted an irrigated median into a garden.

The Redemption House with Prineville Presbyterian Church (2015 – 2017)
Turned a 30 x 30 plot of agricultural land into an expansive community garden space. In 2017, we utilized this garden space to teach 20 community members how to grow their own vegetables with hands-on learning in the garden.

Oregon Child Development Coalition (2016)
Built ten raised beds for annual planting and additional beds for strawberries in Madras.

Salvation Army of Bend (2016)
Built eight raised beds with all harvested vegetables going to their food pantry.

Warm Springs (2015 – 2017)
Utilized an existing one acre community garden and taught gardening skills with support from OSU Extension staff.

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