Join Village Gardens for our third annual spring fundraising event, an inspiring opportunity to celebrate and learn about Village Gardens’ work to create a more just and sustainable local food system in Portland. The evening will include community participant presentations highlighting program successes, dinner, speakers and a silent and live auction.
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, the urban livestock, our market gardener and micro-enterprise projects.
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We look forward to seeing you on March 12th!
THANK YOU so much to all of you who have donated through the Give Guide campaign to support our work at Village Gardens! We could not have done it without your generosity! We have raised over $6,000 that will be invested in sustaining our community programs, Food Works Farm and the Village Market! What a way to start 2015!
The Village Gardens Farmers Market will not only create a venue for farm direct sales of produce and prepared foods, it will also act as a central gathering place for community members to meet each other, share their cultural food traditions, keep food dollars in local circulation, and support each other in developing healthy community norms.
We look forward to a great year with you! Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!
The Village Gardens Team
Last month, the Food Works Crew was introduced to some basic photography concepts during a workshop and got a chance to practice telling stories with pictures. They learned to experiment with framing and lighting and to be creative! Now, they bring you a series of pictures telling the story of their work on the farm and the social bonds it strengthens. Check out their amazing pictures.
In 2013 Village Gardens launched the Village Gardens Farmers Market, a small pilot market featuring neighborhood food producers from the New Columbia community. After two years of operating this small neighborhood market, Village Gardens received funding from the USDA to expand and strengthen this newly formed market. Located in the heart of New Columbia, Oregon’s largest affordable housing development, and outside of the Village Market healthy corner store, the Village Gardens Farmers Market will not only create a venue for farm direct sales of produce and prepared foods, it will also act as a central gathering place for community members to meet each other, share their cultural food traditions, keep food dollars in local circulation, and support each other in developing healthy community norms. In a city where farmers markets are not always filled with the cultural diversity of our area, this farmers market will ensure that both vendors and shoppers express the cultural and linguistic richness of the neighborhood.
The Village Market Manager Position will work to 1) increase access to locally produced agricultural products through farmers market expansion and the development of sustainable market management infrastructure, 2) expand the customer base of the farmers market through improved outreach and marketing, and 3) expand and diversify vendor participants. During the market season, The Farmers Market Manager will be responsible for all aspects of market operations including: managing the market application process and vendor selection, managing vendor relationships, coordinating market set-up and break-down each day, assisting vendors with sales, market counts, supervising volunteers, and managing the promotion of the market.
Interested applicants should send resumes and cover letters to Melissa Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posting closes on Monday, December 1st at 9:00am. Follow this link to the full job posting.