Extension and community partner organizations work together to address complex problems such as food insecurity. One effort showing high levels of success in Oregon is the Seed to Supper program. This classroom-based beginning gardening curriculum targets low-income adults. Program participants indicated reducing their grocery bills as a result of growing their own food and eating more fruits and vegetables than usual during the growing season. Additionally, the program has increased participant awareness that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits can be used to purchase seeds or transplants. The curriculum is available on request for use by other state Extension offices.
Edmunds, B. A., Hadekel, C., & Monnette, P. (2017). The Seed to Supper Program and Its Effect on Low-Income Beginning Gardeners in Oregon. The Journal of Extension, 55(3), Article 19. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol55/iss3/19