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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 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
Lot Whitcomb Elementary School
7400 SE Thompson Rd
Milwaukie, OR 97222
April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9
Mondays 6:00-8:00 PM
To sign up contact Melissa Valerio at melissav@mfs.email or 503-353-5672 

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

Reynolds Middle School
1200 NE 201st Ave
Fairview, OR 97024
April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24
Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 PM
To sign up contact Ben Baldizon at benb@mfs.email or 503-665-8166 ext. 3557

Clackamas County: None at this time.
Multnomah County:
Open Enrollment
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 

Jason Lee School
2222 NE 92nd Ave
Portland, OR 
April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11
Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 PM
To sign up contact Rebecca Wood at rhwood@pps.net or 971-678-3300

Floyd Light Middle School
10800 SE Washington Street Portland, OR
April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19
Thursdays 6-8pm
To sign up contact Lauren Letsinger at lauren_letsinger@ddouglas.k12.or.us or 503-256-6500 x8744

Scott School
6700 NE Prescott St. Portland, OR
April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
Mondays 5:30-7:30pm
To sign up contact Humberto Mendez at hmarquezmendez@impactnw.org

Gilbert Park Elementary School
13132 Ramona Ave
Portland, OR 97236
April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25
Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 PM
To sign up contact Sophie Linden at sophiaL@irco.org or 510-333-8189

Midland Library
805 SE 122nd Ave
Portland, OR 97233
April 24, May 1, 15, 22, June 5, 12
Sundays 10:30AM-12:30PM
To sign up contact Patrick Provant at patrickp@multcolib.org or 503-988-5742

Madison High School
2735 NE 82nd 
Portland, OR
April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 PM
To sign up contact Mariya Klimenko at mariyak@irco.org or 503-740-7750

Oregon Food Bank 
7900 NE 33rd Drive
Portland, OR
April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27
Fridays 10:00AM-12:00PM
To sign up click this link or contact Madeline Miller at mmiller@oregonfoodbank.org

Friendly House, Inc
1737 NW 26th Ave Portland, OR
April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, May 2
Thursdays 6-8pm
To sign up contact Denise Lafond at dlafond@friendlyhouseinc.org
Multnomah County:
Open Enrollment
Oregon Food Bank
7900 NE 33rd Drive, Portland
Thursday evenings 
5:30 - 7:30PM
August 4 - September 8
Washington County:
Open Enrollment
Hopkins Elementary School
21920 SW Sherwood Blvd.
Sherwood, OR 97140
April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
Tuesdays 6:00-8:00PM 
To sign up contact Rebeccah Wagner at rwagner@sherwood.k12.or.us or 503-825-5486

Oregon Food Bank West
1870 NW 173rd Ave
Beaverton, OR
April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
Mondays 10:00AM-12:00PM
To sign up click this link or contact Madeline Miller at mmiller@oregonfoodbank.org

Reedville Elementary School
2695 SW 209th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97006
April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
Mondays 4:30-6:30 pm
To sign up contact Paula Linn at paulalinn1963@gmail.com
Washington County:
Open Enrollment
Oregon Food Bank
1870 NW 173rd Ave., Beaverton
Tuesday afternoons
1:00 - 3:00PM
July 26 - August 30

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