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Map to the Farmers Market

June 11, 2015
Village Gardens Farmers Market
June 18 – September 24
3pm – 7 pm
Vendor Application — Music — Vendors
Childrens Activities — Face Painting
Community Booth
Join our Volunteer Task Force and help determine the future of our farmers market
Farmers Market Map

Farmers Market Map

Village Gardens’ Farmers Market  is excited to be returning to New Columbia for our third season! Located outside of Village Market (4632 N. Trenton), the Farmers Market will provide local, seasonal and cultural vegetables grown by Village Gardens Market Gardeners and certified organic produce from Food Works Farm representing the culturally diverse neighborhoods of New Columbia and Portsmouth. The Village Gardens Market Gardeners hailing from several African countries will have a wide variety of  unique and cultural vegetables, such as: Amaranth leaf, squash leaf, bean leaf, African eggplant, chili pepper, tomatillos and squash blossoms to name a few. Please join us Thursday evenings for a fun and festive event, shop for produce, perfumes, and incense.  Enjoy hot food from our soul food vendors, tamales and with aqua fresca, and churros for dessert! This is sure to be a great community event, and a great way to support the neighborhood growers and  producers of these amazing products!

Portland Children’s Levy Update: A HUGE Thank You for Voicing Your Support!

June 10, 2015

If you haven’t heard the good news, The Portland Children’s Levy Allocation Committee unanimously approved $166,667 in support of Village Gardens! We know this was much in part to the many emails sent by community members endorsing the great work of the program. Thank you to everyone who took the time to send an email on our behalf, and on behalf of the 4,000 children, youth and families in North Portland that Village Gardens helps.

This funding will allow Village Gardens to:

  • 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
  • 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.

At Tuesday’s Allocation Committee meeting, Village Gardens’ Program Director Amber Baker had the opportunity to speak to committee members and thank them for reconsidering the program for funding in the Hunger Relief category.

“Thank you for considering our programs which do more than just provide a meal, they put youth in leadership as well. Youth are creating their own solutions for hunger in their community and they are very deserving of your support and funding,” Baker said.

Your ongoing support is incredibly valuable to all of us at Village Gardens! On behalf of our community, we thank you!

The Village Gardens Team

Portland Children’s Levy – Village Gardens NEEDS YOUR HELP…

May 23, 2015

A30This 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,

Deborah Kafoury,

Julie S. Young,

Serena Stoudamire-Wesley,

Mitch Hornecker,

Portland Children’s Levy Staff:

Lisa Pellegrino, Director,

Thank you so much for your support of the work we do!

The Village Gardens Team

The People’s Institute Northwest is Coming to New Columbia!

March 31, 2015

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!




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.

April Workshop:

Thursday April 23rd 9:00am – 5:00pm

Friday April 24th 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday April 25th 9:00am – 12:00pm

Workshop Location:

New Columbia

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) (email)

For Portland Chapter specific information: Please Contact Michael Ware

503-380-5688 (phone) (email)

Thank you! Our Event was a Success Thanks to you!

March 19, 2015

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!

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Photos by Catharine Zeller


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