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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 5-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

Multnomah County:

Seed to Supper season is January through June. Please check back for future course listings. 

Cooking Matters-Open Enrollment

Oregon Food Bank
7900 NE 33rd Drive, Portland
Thursdays, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
October 16th - November 20th

Registration required
To register, contact Carrie: cinstenes@oregonfoodbank.org or 971-250-2714

Washington County:

Seed to Supper season is January through June. Please check back for future course listings.

Cooking Matters-Open Enrollment

Oregon Food Bank
1870 NW 173rd Ave., Beaverton
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
October 7th - November 11th

Registration required
To register, contact Carrie: cinstenes@oregonfoodbank.org or 971-250-2714

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 Plannercan 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 ofincome not required.
  • Participants practice recipes at home with free ingredients