On Monday, farmers harvested 25,000 pounds of oats to be given to Food For Lane County.
The oats were planted in spring on 45 acres south of the Department of Corrections. The mental health facility signed a contract with FFLC to lease the land for 10 years for a dollar per year.
FFLC says a farmer across the street offered to plant and care for the crops every year.
“When an opportunity for us to keep our own donation dollars in our own county and pay a farmer to farm for us, it seemed like a really good solution to a food supply that we’re trying to solve,” said Beverlee Hughes, executive director of Food For Lane County.
Food For Lane County says they’ll have the oats processed by Grain Millers and turned into rolled oats, which will go out in the form of oatmeal.