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Seed to Supper Classes Help Everyone Grow Their Own Food

Author: Heather McPherson


Seed to Supper Classes Help Everyone Grow Their Own Food


Growing your own food is a delicious way to improve your diet, but gardening can seem intimidating, confusing and expensive. Seed to Supper is a free class to help families grow their own food and stretch their grocery budget.

Seed to Supper is a beginning gardening course that gives adult gardeners the tools they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget. It is offered at 10 locations in Marion and Polk counties beginning in March. Classes will be offered in both English and Spanish.

The 12-hour course is offered in partnership among Marion-Polk Food Share, Salem-Keizer Education Foundation and Marion County Master Gardeners.  Registration priority will be given to families living on $1,945 a month or less.

Some Seed to Supper sites will provide meals and child care. Everyone who completes the course will receive a voucher for a free gardening plot at a community garden as well as free seed packets and starter plants.

Free Activities and Lunch for Kids

Fun activities, books and FREE LUNCH are available for local children during Spring Break.

About Marion-Polk Food Share

Marion-Polk Food Share is the regional food bank leading the fight to end hunger in the communities of Marion and Polk counties.  Local support makes it possible for the Food Share to collect and distribute nutritious food to more than 100 partner programs, including food pantries, meal sites, foster homes, low-income day care centers, shelters and senior housing sites.  More than 40,000 people, including 14,000 children, receive emergency food each month through the Food Share partner network.  The Food Share also supports programs to address the root causes of hunger.


For more information about Seed to Supper, please contact Surabhi Mahajan at 503-581-3855 or

Class registration is open now.

A List of Seed to Supper Sites


Free Food Boxes. Call the Marion-Polk Food share, provide them with your address, as well as the number of people in your household, to be directed to the food outlet nearest to your home.

For more information, please contact:

Call 503-581-3855