SWEET HOME, Ore. - An open house to celebrate the achievement of local youth to create a thriving organic garden will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, in Sweet Home.

The event will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sweet Home United Methodist Church, 845 6th Ave. It is free and open to the public.

As part of Oregon State University's "Producing for the Future" research project, 14 low-income people ages 16-22 have been tending a local community garden and selling the produce at the Sweet Home Farmers' Market on Saturdays, and at a Sunday booth at the Methodist Church. This open house celebrates and honors their work.

Fun activities for all ages will be available at the event, including garden tours, face painting, veggie games, recipe samples, a kids' coloring table, a potato dig, and more.

Producing for the Future is funded by the National Institutes of Health and is a collaboration between low-income youth, community congregations, and researchers from OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

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Liv Gifford, 541-737-3668