In the Community
Seeds of Harmony Garden
Launched in Spring 2006 in the New Columbia community, Seeds of Harmony Garden sought to build on the success of the original gardens. Village Gardens' staff support the leadership of the Seeds of Harmony Garden Committee as they oversee a 42,000 square foot garden that serves as a community meeting place, a food source and an educational tool for 80 diverse families from the New Columbia and Tamaracks housing communities.
New Beginnings Garden
Launched in September 2001, New Beginnings garden in the Cathedral Gardens neighborhood was the beginning of Village Gardens and historically has enabled 30 families to grow their own food by providing seeds, tools, fertile land, water, training, coordination and technical support.
Market Gardener Program
Village Gardens works with 3-5 families on donated land on Sauvie Island providing water, free vegetable starts, tractor work, farm training and business development. Market Gardeners sell at the New Columbia Farmers Market and are able to create a supplementary income while also providing healthy fresh produce to their families.
Community Kitchen Leaders host monthly community kitchens as a way to share skills, provide peer-to-peer support and break down barriers to healthy cooking and eating. Summer cooking demonstrations are hosted throughout the summer to highlight seasonal produce that comes directly from our farms and gardens.
Fruits of Diversity Orchard
A 10,000 square foot orchard launched in 2013 in partnership with the Portland Fruit Tree Project is the first public community orchard planted in the City of Portland. Fruit harvested from the orchard goes to community residents who volunteer at monthly work and harvest parties.
Village Gardens' chicken/egg project sets a precedent in urban food production as the only livestock project in the country based in a multi-family housing development. Community volunteers receive eggs for their households in exchange for chicken care.
Children’s Garden Program
Cathedral Gardens' Childrens Garden Program, offers year-round educational gardening activities for children 13 and under to grow and prepare their own food with help from neighborhood parents, teens and program partners.