Portland’s Best Kept Secret Celebrates Its First Year In Business May 28th

Village Market, Portland’s only nonprofit grocery store, celebrates one year of success serving residents of the New Columbia neighborhood and surrounding North Portland communities.  Village Market is a community-based project, part of the larger Village Gardens community food initiative, in the business of providing healthy food options to local residents that are affordable and convenient.  Staff, volunteers and neighbors are excited to celebrate the market’s first birthday during the week of May 28.

Check out the video below to learn more about all that Village Market does to build community:

In a recent interview with KBOO Talk Radio host Lisa Loving, Project Manager Mychal Tetteh summed up his last nine months at the market in saying, “from my personal experience as a lifelong Portland resident, [New Columbia] is one of the best places in Portland, bar none.”  Village Market invites you to visit the store (located at 4632 N Trenton St) and discover for yourself a sense of community you won’t find anywhere else.

To hear the full interview check out this link:


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Village Market – Portland’s Best-Kept Secret

Village Market, a project of Village Gardens, Janus Youth Programs and Portland’s only non-profit grocery store, was created to address a community-defined need in the neighborhood of New Columbia – the lack of access to healthy, affordable food options. With the tag line “Community Serving Community", Village Market seeks to puts the community first, as it helps to create job opportunities, access to health education, and of course, access to healthy and affordable food options. As a collaborative partnership between resident community leaders, Village Gardens, Home Forward and a handful of other partners, Village Market is looking to change what it means to be a grocery store. On May 28th, 2012, Village Market is celebrating its one year anniversary. And after one year in business, the leaders of Village Market are looking to reach out to the greater Portland community. Village Market wants to be your local grocery store! By supporting Village Market, you're supporting not just the store, but also the people who work and volunteer there: you're supporting the gardens and community projects, neighborhood youth farmers, and health education and advocacy programs. Village Market is one piece in a growing network of community action supported by Village Gardens, a network of people who truly want to see their community thrive. This is a big project, with broad implications for how communities feed and nurture themselves. Please come shop at the store, volunteer your time, and help get the word out. This is a big endeavor: and every little bit counts. Go to villagegardens.org to find out more. You can also follow the project on Facebook (Village Gardens, Janus Youth Programs). http://www.facebook.com/pages/Village-Gardens-Janus-Youth-Programs/131053303584040 Thanks!

PrettyGoodProductions, May 10, 2012

Transforming a Food Desert Into an Oasis

The Village Gardens community in North Portland is an example of what can be accomplished when neighborhood residents, community-based organizations, non-profits and government organizations come together in support of people's health and well-being. The project is supported by Kaiser Permanente, among other organizations.

Transforming a Food Desert Into an Oasis

Center for Total Health Blog, Kaiser Permanente, November 23, 2011

Food Works at Portland Farmers Market

Lavette Lacy talks about Food Works, a program of the Janus Youth Program. Lavette and her colleagues are selling beautiful vegetables at the Portland Farmers Market every Saturday morning through the summer. Janus Youth Programs has been changing lives and building futures for children, youth and families in Oregon and Washington since 1972. From residential treatment programs, the Northwest's largest array of runaway and homeless youth services, alternative education classrooms, a detention program, a teen parenting program, a college scholarship program, and a 85,000 square foot urban agriculture program addressing hunger and employment issues, Janus is committed to delivering innovative community-based programs. Reaching nearly 36,000 children, youth and families yearly, Janus Youth Programs is one of the largest nonprofits in the Northwest committed to delivering programs that change lives and build futures. Learn more about what we do and how you can make a difference that will change lives and build futures at www.janusyouth.org/ Music by Benjamin Bogosian and video by Ruth Ann Barrett of Earthsayers.tv, voices of sustainabilty

Food Works at Portland Farmers Market

Ruth Ann Barrett, June 18, 2011

Food Works

Food Works provides opportunities to young people to make a difference in their communities. The youth comes from a diverse background, 14 to 21 years in age, they learn valuable skills how to communicate more effectively with adults, grow and market the food they produce at farmers markets, and provide fresh produce to low income families nearby. Visit Cooking Up a Story for more videos: http://cookingupastory.com

Food Works

Cooking Up a Story, September 2008