On Saturday, Sep 25, Slow Food Eugene volunteers gathered to “Dig In” with other community members at the Food for Lane County Grassroots Garden. The garden is lush and thriving with corn, celery, squash, leeks, apple trees and much more in the 2 1/2 acres located on Coburg Rd, behind St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The 3 gardens that are part of Food for Lane County together supplied over 165,000 lbs. of food last year to those in need. Thanks to the efficient organizing style of the staff, and the expert gardening knowledge freely shared by site coordinator and master gardener Merry Bradley, the Grassroots Garden experience can seem to be more fun than work. Volunteers dealt with the numerous ripe apples by picking fruit and making many quarts of applesauce. It was also a planting day for cold weather crops. The outdoor cobb oven was fired up and cooked a magnificent lunch of roasted veggies, homemade pizzas, and apple crisp. Most all of this food was harvested and prepared in the outdoor kitchen by the volunteers, who then sat in the picnic area under the grape arbor and shared this community meal. I’m sure the joy and richness of this gardening experience will bring many of us back for more work and education.