Village Gardens’ 1st Annual Spring Fundraiser is Friday March the 15th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Bauccio Commons, at the University of Portland.
3 Reasons you should put March 15 on your calendar:
Food Works Farm empowers 30 urban teens to build leadership and employment skills through operating a 2 acre organic market farm business. These youth farmers are improving their local food system by promoting community health through Veggies on the Street community cooking & nutrition demonstrations and distributing over 3,000lbs of organic produce directly to their community.
Real Community. Real Food.
Community-Led Seeds of Harmony & New Beginnings Gardens provide over 35,000 square feet of vegetable gardens and a 30 fruit/nut tree orchard located in St. Johns Woods, New Columbia and Tamaracks housing communities. The gardens provide an affordable source of healthy, organic fruits and vegetables for over 300 neighborhood residents each year. They also provide a safe place to relax with friends as well as opportunities for civic engagement and leadership development for volunteers. In 2012 Garden Leaders supported 40 new gardeners to build a community garden in the Unthank Plaza and Elliot Square communities.
In 2013 Village Gardens plans to focus on Growing a Neighborhood Food Hub From Seeds to Sales by Supporting families to launch small market garden and farm businesses, creating a community incubator kitchen in partnership with the Village Market community-run health corner store, and establishing a seasonal community street farmers market in New Columbia. The project will support the development of a full-system, comprehensive approach to ensuring a just and thriving neighborhood food economy by supporting vibrant sustainable farms and gardens, healthy people, and strong community relationships.
Funds raised at this event will be used to further the work of Village Gardens.