El Programa de los Huertos

Huerto de la Familia’s Organic Garden Program provides garden plots to over 120 families in our seven community gardens across Lane County. In addition to garden plots, the Organic Garden Program also provides families with gardening education, access to communal tools, fertilizer, seeds, and plant starts at the beginning of every growing season. Families have their own plots of land and complete control over which crops they grow. Finally, we hold monthly free garden events in Spanish, such as medicinal plant, cover crop, and other educational workshops.

Families use our gardens to express their culture and build community with each other.

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Locations: We subsidize garden plots at seven locations throughout Eugene and Springfield:

  • Churchill Community Garden in partnership with 4J School District
  • Gamebird Community Garden in partnership with Willamalane Park and Recreation District
  • Bethel Community Garden in partnership with Bethel School District and Kalapuya High School
  • Skinner City Farm in partnership with the City of Eugene
  • Santa Clara Community Garden at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
  • Poppen Community Garden at Wesley United Methodist Church
  • Community Garden at Catholic Community Services of Springfield

Collaborations: In partnership with local organizations and farms, we provide garden members with organic seeds, fertilizer, tools, and workshops. We are grateful for our partners that provide essential gardening supplies and improvements to our gardens.

Garden Education: Many of our garden members have generations of experience growing food for their families and communities.  We provide a number of education opportunities in order to teach about organic practices and the unique agricultural climate of the Pacific Northwest.

  • “Siembra la Cena” or Seed to Supper: a joint program developed by Oregon Food Bank and OSU Extension to teach community members how to grow food as a budget-friendly and healthy way to build self-sufficiency.
  • Hands-on workshops: topics vary depending on season and demand. Popular workshop topics include medicinal plants, cover crops, and compost.
  • Día del Agricultor Latino: an annual conference hosted in collaboration with partner organizations Adelante Mujeres, Next Door Inc, and Our Table Cooperative.

Video by Jake Sullivan of FPW Media