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Pictures Tell Stories

December 3, 2014

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.

Village Gardens is Hiring a Farmers Market Manager!

November 18, 2014

In 2013 Village Gardens launched the VG FM HeaderVillage 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.

VGFM 1 8.1.13The 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 mallen@janusyouth.org.  Posting closes on Monday, December 1st at 9:00am. Follow this link to the full job posting.

Help Us Get Off to a Strong Start and Donate Today!

November 5, 2014

G!G_2014_CommunityVillage Gardens is excited to be featured in the Willamette Week’s 2014 Give!Guide from November 5th to December 31st. The Give!Guide offers you an opportunity to contribute to your favorite organization and win fun incentives!
 

Donate Now!

 
Incentives include Chinook Books, tacos, concert and performance tickets, free ice cream, coffee, car wash, beer, wine and more! At Village Gardens, we will thank every donor personally and will add extra gift incentives! When you donate $25 or more, you will receive a $5 coupon to purchase produce at our Village Market, located 4632 N Trenton St, Portland, OR, 97203. When you donate $50 or more, you will also receive a $5 coupon to purchase produce at one of our Food Works Farm 2015 farmers market booths and one of our Soul Food Tote Bags.

Finally, Laughing Planet is also adding an extra gift for everyone who donates to Village Gardens through the Give!Guide this season. All donors will receive a coupon for a free burrito or bowl to use in any Laughing Planet restaurants. There are so many reasons to donate!

Are you under 35 years old? We need your support! The Give!Guide will add a bonus prize for the organization that gets the most donors under 35 years old!

Follow us on Social Media!

During Give!Guide season, we plan to bring you the voices of our community through Social Media using photography, audio and video! A lot of fun awaits you on Facebook and Twitter! Look for #GardenPowerPDX

Village Gardens is in the 2014 Give!Guide

October 30, 2014

G!G_2014This year, Village Gardens will be one of the 130 organizations featured in the Willamette Week’s 2014 Give!Guide from November 5th to December 31st. The Give!Guide offers you an opportunity to contribute to your favorite non-profits and win fun incentives!

Click to donate to Village Gardens through the Give!Guide.

At Village Gardens, we will thank every donor personally and will add extra gift incentives for every donor of $25 or more and $50 or more. Because we are truly thankful for your support!

Are you under 35 years old? We need your support! The Give!Guide will add a bonus prize for the organization that gets the most donors under 35 years old!

About the Give!Guide

“The Give!Guide’s primary goal is to facilitate year-end giving to a cross-section of Portland-area non-profit organizations. WW’s Give!Guide is inserted in all 80,000 copies of Willamette Week, and functions much like a catalog. Donors can select one, two or multiple organizations and make a donation online in a single, easy transaction.”
 

Follow us on Social Media!

During Give!Guide season, we plan to bring you the voices of our community through Social Media using photography, audio and video! A lot of fun awaits you on Facebook and Twitter!

Village Gardens to Host Fall Celebration on October 31

October 23, 2014

Fall Celebration Invite Draft

 

Join Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, Multnomah County District 2 Commissioner Loretta Smith and Regence for the Village Gardens Fall Celebration on Friday afternoon, October 31. Hear updates on program growth, help us dedicate our new outdoor garden-based training space in memory of Trish Couture and participate in an apple cider pressing.

Date: Friday, October 31, 2014

Time: 1 – 3 pm

Location: Seeds of Harmony Garden, across from Regence Boys & Girls Club in New Columbia (4430 N Trenton St, Portland, Oregon 97203)

Cost: FREE

 

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