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Welcome! Keep reading to learn about Oregon Food Bank's free gardening and nutrition education classes open to the public.

Seed to Supper, a program of Oregon Food Bank and Oregon State University Extension Service, is a 6-session beginning vegetable gardening course for adults gardening on a budget. Taught inside during the cool season, Seed to Supper gives new gardeners the knowledge and confidence to grow a portion of their own food. In this interactive class, there are no grades and no pressure--participants learn from trained garden educators and from each other.

Cooking Matters®,a program of Share Our Strength and Oregon Food Bank, is a 6-week course focused on learning to shop and cook on a budget. Taught in a hands-on kitchen environment where everyone cooks and learns together, it is designed for participants who are cooking and shopping for their households. The course includes a grocery store field trip to practice budget-savvy shopping tips. Classes are two hours each and are taught by trained volunteer educators.

Class listings

Classes are posted as they are scheduled. If no classes are listed, check back often to look for new postings.

*If you would like to be notified of new class listings for open-enrollment Seed to Supper classes when they are scheduled, please fill out this form.

Click here to see a map of 2016 Seed to Supper class locations! Click on a location to see the course schedule and agency contact information.

Seed to Supper Cooking Matters
To register or get more information contact Madeline Miller at mmiller@oregonfoodbank.org or 503-575-2107. To register or to get more information contact Chris Pickens at cpickens@oregonfoodbank.org or 971-250-2714.  
Clackamas County:
Open Enrollment
Pioneer Community Center
615 5th Street 
Oregon City, OR 97045
April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24
Tuesdays 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
To sign up contact Jamie Davie at jdavie@ci.oregon-city.or.us or 503-722-3268.
Clackamas County: None at this time.
Multnomah County:
Open Enrollment
Bridgeport United Church of Christ
622 NE 76th Ave 
Portland, OR 97213
February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16
Wednesday evenings 6-8 pm 
To sign up contact Judy McLean at 
judmcl51@gmail.com.

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church 
17405 NE Glisan St. 
Portland, OR 97030
February 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7
Thursdays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM 
To sign up go to ​seedtosuppernadaka.eventbrite.com or contact Tyler Wagner at twagner@emoregon.org or 503-221-1054x215​. 

St. John’s Main Street Coalition 
8250 N Lombard 
Portland, OR 97203
April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9
Mondays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM 
To sign up contact Maria Rojas at manager@sjfarmersmarket.com or 503-841-5560.
Multnomah County:
Open Enrollment
Oregon Food Bank
7900 NE 33rd Drive, Portland
Thursday evening classes available, starting late January 2016.
 
Portland Mercado
7238 SE Foster Road
Portland, OR 97206
Wednesday evening classes available, starting mid-January 2016.
Washington County:
Open Enrollment
Bethlehem House of Bread
9055 SW Locust
Tigard, Oregon 97223
March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13
Wednesday evenings 6-8 pm 
To sign up contact Kris at bethcommgarden@gmail.com or leave a message at 503-620-5630.
Washington County:
Open Enrollment
Oregon Food Bank
1870 NW 173rd Ave., Beaverton
Tuesday afternoon classes available, starting early February 2016.

To sign up: The classes listed above are open to the public. To register for a specific class series, follow the steps listed under the “To sign up” information for that class. When you register, please give your name, phone number, email address, and any special accommodations you might require in order to attend this class (such as wheelchair access). 

Important information

  • Seed to Supper and Cooking Matters courses are free!
  • Registration is required
  • Participants should plan to attend all classes in the series
  • Courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted
  • Participants will receive a free book with cooking tips and recipes –or– beginning gardening information, and a certificate of completion
  • Courses are for adults and older teens only, unless otherwise noted, and childcare is usually not provided. Please make other arrangements for your children during class time.
  • Taking public transportation to your class? TriMet’s Trip Planner can help you get there.
For Seed to Supper courses:
  • This course is designed as a resource for people gardening ona budget, but we will never ask for proof of income. If you feel you couldbenefit from this class, we encourage you to register!
  • Participants take home free starts and seeds when available
For Cooking Matters courses:
  • Courses are open to households at or below 200% of thefederal poverty level or about $3,842/month for a family of four. Proof of income not required.
  • Participants practice recipes at home with free ingredients