This past year the Portland Children’s Levy (PCL) added Hunger Relief to its funding tracts. Of the 12 applications received in the Hunger Relief category, Village Gardens’ application was ranked third. Recommended for funding by PCL staff, the Levy’s Allocations Committee ultimately elected not to fund Village Gardens’ application.
With $2 million in new funds now available, the PCL will reconsider projects not previously funded at their June 2nd meeting. With funding decisions being made NOW, we need you to IMMEDIATELY email every PCL Allocation Committee member asking them to fully fund Village Gardens in the Hunger Relief category.
PCL funding will mean that Village Gardens can: Provide 2,160 weekly meals and 2,700 lunches during the summer and out-of-school time for low-income children; Increase organic food production in 75 garden plots to combat hunger; Support cooking and nutrition workshops to address chronic health issues; Expand a teen-run organic farm to increase employment; and Create a SNAP and WIC incentive program at Village Gardens’ community-run grocery store that sells high quality food and no alcohol, tobacco products or lottery tickets
Since 2001, Village Gardens has addressed hunger, created jobs for teens and adults and improved health and safety in diverse, low-income North Portland neighborhoods where 95% of residents live at or below the federal poverty level, 69% of residents are people of color, 46% of households are headed by single mothers and 42% of the population is under age 18. Your voice will make a difference for 4,000 low-income Portland children, youth and families that Village Gardens helps.
Members of the Allocation Committee need to hear from you NOW! Email your endorsement to fully fund Village Gardens’ 3-year, $472,859 request in the Hunger Relief track to:
Dan Saltzman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Kafoury, email@example.com
Julie S. Young, firstname.lastname@example.org
Serena Stoudamire-Wesley, email@example.com
Mitch Hornecker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland Children’s Levy Staff:
Lisa Pellegrino, Director, email@example.com
Thank you so much for your support of the work we do!
The Village Gardens Team
Village Gardens has the great privilege to help host the People’s Institute Northwest at the end of April for a two and a half day Undoing Racism workshop. Please share with your networks and sign up for the training if you are able. We hope to see you there!
THE PEOPLE’S INSTITUTE FOR SURVIVAL AND BEYOND PRESENTS:
UNDOINGRACISM® & COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
APRIL 23RD – 25TH 2015
This unique workshop is offered by The People’s Institute, a nationwide, multiracial, anti-racist network dedicated to ending racism and other forms of institutional oppression. Over the last 35 years, the People’s Institute has provided training, consultation, and leadership development to more than 500,000 people in organizations nationally and internationally. Graduates of the Undoing Racism Workshop say that racism often stands in the way of effective organizing and that the workshop helped them deal with both cultural competence and racial dynamics in their work and in community. The People’s Institute moves beyond a focus on the symptoms of racism to an understanding of what it is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. The workshop’s systemic approach stresses learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, creating networks, undoing internalized oppression, and understanding the role of organizational gate-keeping in perpetuating racism.
Thursday April 23rd 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday April 24th 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday April 25th 9:00am – 12:00pm
Kandis Brewer Nunn Community Education Center
4625 N Trenton, Portland, 97203
Registration: Registration is $400.00 per person, $350.00 per person for groups or families of 3 or more.
Student/Intern/Community Member/Seniors (65+) registration is $170.00 per person; however reduced rate slots are limited. Please contact Michael Ware directly if interested (contact information below). REGISTRATION is REQUIRED before workshop date. To reserve your space contact Debbie Green at The People’s Institute Northwest Regional Office. Participants must commit to attend the entire Workshop. Space is limited. We look forward to YOU coming.
To Register: Please Contact Debbie Green
The People’s Institute Northwest Regional Office
206-938-1023 (phone) 206-770-7278 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org (email)
For Portland Chapter specific information: Please Contact Michael Ware
503-380-5688 (phone) email@example.com (email)
What an awesome event! Thank you to all of our supporters, partners, and community members for this inspiring evening of fun, emotions and celebration! We hope you will join us again next year!
Photos by Catharine Zeller
March 21st, 10am-2pm-This is a FREE Event
Calling all Portlanders who have ever wondered about joining a Community-Supported Agriculture program! The Portland-Area CSA Coalition and Ecotrust are teaming up to throw Portland’s first-ever public fair to celebrate CSA farms and the hard-working farmers behind this unique business model.
Join Food Works and other local farmers and come to Ecotrust’s new building, the Redd on Salmon Street, to be matched to the perfect CSA farmer for you and your family, while joining in chef demos, updating your cookbook library, and giving your kids a taste of farm life in the city. As spring dawns, renew your commitment to our local farmers and eat boatloads of fresh food.
Buy your ticket today and join us on Thursday for Village Gardens Third Annual Spring Fundraising Event! Once a year comes the opportunity for our community, our partners and supporters to be together and celebrate and we would love for you to join us too!
The evening will include food from James Beard Nominee Cathy Whims of Nostrana, a photo booth tended by our youth farmers, a silent and live auction, words from community partners and the premiere of a video directed by Food Works youth farmers!
Thursday, March 12 6:00-9:00pm
Bauccio Commons, University of Portland (Directions and Map)
Funds raised at this event will be used to strengthen the work of Village Gardens through programs like Food Works which support youth becoming farmers and strong food system advocates, assist community leaders to operate the Village Market, Portland’s first non-profit healthy corner store, develop powerful community organizers addressing community health through the Community Health Worker program, and strengthen channels for food access and social capital through community gardens, urban livestock, our market gardener and micro-enterprise projects.