FOOD for Lane County Youth Farm Stand Returns to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend!
As of Thursday, June 5, the FOOD for Lane County Youth Farm will be back and open for business at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. The farm stand will be open 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Thursday through sometime in October, depending on the harvest.
Produce includes seasonal items, freshly-picked from that morning. Currently items for sale include salad mix, spinach, lettuce, carrots, beets, radishes, turnips, Swiss chard, kale and bok choy.
The stand accepts cash, checks, SNAP (food stamps) or Women, Infant and Children’s (WIC) program coupons.
The popular farm stand, located in the shady Fir Grove to the south of the Emergency Department, last year sold more than sold 8,834 pounds of fresh, organic veggies and fruit this season to campus caregivers, patients, visitors and community members. The stand raised $18,628 for the innovative Youth Farm, which combines hunger relief with youth services and education.
The 3-acre Youth Farm, located in the Gateway neighborhood at 750 Flamingo Dr., provides paying work, job training and education to teenagers throughout the spring and summer, and serves as an educational work site for at-risk youth throughout theyear. The youth farmers help grow and sell more than 35 kinds of organic vegetables, more than half of which are donated to the local food bank. The rest is sold Saturdays during the growing season at the farm, and through a Community Supported Agriculture program.