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Food Works is Hiring for 2014 Summer Crew!

April 15, 2014

Are you 14-18 years old?

Join the 2014 Food Works Summer Crew!

What is the Summer Crew?

The Food Works Summer Crew is a volunteer leadership program for youth 14-18. This year, 2 crews of 10 youth each will spend the summer building leadership and job skills, having fun, and working hard while working in the community, at the Food Works farm, and local hunger relief organizations.

What are the Benefits?

Summer Crew participants can earn school credit for community service and work experience at most Portland schools. Summer Crew members also receive a stipend of $300 upon successful completion of each month of the program, a monthly Trimet bus pass, and a great summer of learning experiences!


What’s the Schedule?

The Summer Crew will work from July 1st to August 31st. Youth who are selected to join Summer Crew will attend orientation the last week of June. The typical weekly schedule is  Wednesdays 9:30am to 2:30pm, Thursdays 9:30am to 1:30pm, and Fridays 9:30am to 3:30pm.

How Do I Apply?

2014 Summer Crew Application

Print and fill out the Summer Crew application (above) and turn it into the Village Gardens Office. After you turn in your application we will notify you to participate in a group interview. Every year there are more applications than positions, so turn in your application as soon as you can. There are only 20 Summer Crew positions.

STEPS to Apply:

  1. Turn in your completed application to the Village Gardens Office, located in New Columbia-4610 N Trenton St.
  2. Be invited for an interview. We will call you and set-up your interview time. If you haven’t heard from us, call our office and follow-up.
  3. Show up for your interview!


Questions? If you have any questions feel free to contact Leslie Heimer, the Food Works Youth Program Leader, at 971-998-9411 or email at


Second Annual Spring Fundraiser

January 21, 2014

Download an Event Poster

Join Village Gardens for our second annual spring fundraising event, an inspiring opportunity to celebrate and learn about Village Gardens work to create a more just and healthy food system in Portland. The evening will include food from James Beard Nominee Cathy Whims of Nostrana, community participant presentations highlighting program successes and a silent and live auction. 

Thanks to all our Event Sponsors and Donors!

Event Details

Friday, March 14 6:00-9:00pm

Bauccio Commons, University of Portland (Directions and Map)

Funds raised at this event will be used to strengthen programs like Food Works which support youth to grow as 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   project, market gardener and micro-enterprise projects.

Generously Sponsored By

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Attend the Event

Individual tickets for our Spring Fundraiser are $50.

Ticket sales will be closed Thursday, March 13th at 8:00 pm.

Buy Tickets Online ~ Purchase tickets online now and pick up your tickets at the door at will call.

Mail a Check~ Print out a registration form and mail your payment to Village Gardens, c/o Janus Youth, 707 NE Couch St, Portland OR, 97232. Tickets will be held at will call at the event.

Sponsor a Table

A Table Sponsor helps to support a successful event and fills the room with individuals interested in learning more about how Village Gardens is building a healthy, community-based food system. Your $500 table sponsorship includes 8 tickets to the event, recognition on table place cards, event program and online materials. Become a Table Sponsor online today.

Become an Event Sponsor

We are grateful for partner organizations, sponsors, funders, and volunteers who make our work possible each year. Download our event sponsorship flyer,  become an event sponsor or sustaining sponsor online today. Contact Amber Baker at with any questions or for more information. Thank you for your support!

Help Spread the Word. Download an Event Poster!

Become an Orchard Steward with Portland Fruit Tree Project and Village Gardens

January 20, 2014

Curious About the New Volunteer A Curious Orchard Steward in TrainingPosition at Fruits of Diversity Orchard?

Recruitment for Orchard Stewards at our North Portland community orchard has begun!

Fruits of Diversity Orchard Stewards will join an existing network of neighbors who have been planning, planting, and creating a vision of the orchard (located at 4375 N Trenton St) since early 2013. Now we need your energy and enthusiasm to care and plan for its future.

As an Orchard Steward, you will learn about basic fruit tree care, ensure the maintenance of the orchard, and build community with neighbors. It’s a fun way to get involved and help make locally grown produce available to all.

  • This will be the first year of the position; we hope to recruit 8-10 enthusiastic community members to join the team!
  • No experience is necessary, though gardening/orchard experience is a plus!
  • Folks living in or near Tamaracks Apartment and New Columbia are especially encouraged to apply.

Fruits of Diversity Orchard Stewards commit to:

  • Participation in monthly Work Parties  (1st Saturdays in March – November, 1-4pm)
    (topics include pruning, fruit thinning, low-tech irrigation, pest/disease management, and others)
  • A summer watering shift
  • Attending an Orientation/Pot-luck/Orchard Tour on February 22nd from 12:00PM to 2:30 PM

Opportunity for more activities/responsibilities based on your interest.

To Apply:

Request an application by calling 503-284-6106, or send an email to, with ‘FOD Orchard Steward Interest’ in the subject line. We’ll send you an application right away.

Applications are due Monday, February 10th

Thank you so much, and have a great week!



Happy Holidays from Village Gardens

December 24, 2013

Dear Village Gardens community,

As I think back on the 2013 season, I am touched by the deep dedication of our community leaders, staff, and each of you who have contributed to the success of Village Gardens this year.This season I stepped away from the program to welcome the birth of my first child, and our dedicated team continued to advance the good work of Village Gardens, while short-staffed for much of the growing season. This incredible team launched a new micro-enterprise project supporting families to begin growing produce to sell for the market, and others to begin prepared food businesses using the Village Market kitchen. Our team began a new community farmers market in New Columbia where these new enterprises showcased their products and sold healthy, culturally relevant foods back to their neighbors.  Garden leaders partnered with the   Portland Fruit Tree project to plant the first ever community orchard on a housing authority property. Our Community Health Worker team engaged in regional health care reform dialogues advocating for their communities and for peer health promotion. Gardens flourished, trees were planted, chickens foraged, youth grew into strong leaders.

2013 also marked the launch of our first annual fundraising dinner to support Village Gardens’ social justice work. With wonderful community support, we raised $33,000 for our programs. This winter we invite you to help us build on that momentum as we wrap up this incredible year. To continue to bring a spirit of hope to communities through food justice work, health promotion and positive neighborhood transformation, we need your help.  Please consider a gift to Village Gardens this holiday season.  At Village Gardens we absolutely know that “it takes a village.” Thank you for being a part of ours.

With deep gratitude,
Amber Baker
Village Gardens Program Director

November 27, 2013

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2013 has been a great year at Village Gardens and there is a lot to celebrate! It was a successful growing season at the Seeds of Harmony & New Beginnings Gardens and the Food Works Farm. The Village Market continues to build on its success, offering more options for the community and expanding prepared food items from the deli. The Village Gardens Community Health Workers have also been busy promoting health in their communities. Launching new programming as well, the Village Gardens team laid the foundations for our neighborhood food hub by supporting micro-enterprise projects in food production and food preparation, and assisting these new ventures in accessing marketplaces.  In 2013, four gardening families began growing produce for sale on a new plot of land on Sauvie Island through our market garden project, and Rosario, a Village Market employee, started her micro-enterprise tamale business, Playa Del Sur, using the certified kitchen in the market. We provided a outlet for their produce and Rosario’s tamales by creating the Village Gardens Farmers Market, located outside the Village Market in New Columbia. Overall it was a fun and exciting year full of growth at Village Gardens and we want to celebrate all the collective success…with you! So please join Village Gardens for an inspiring opportunity to celebrate and learn about our work to create a more just and healthy food system in Portland. The evening will include food and drink, community participant presentations and an opportunity to join our efforts.

All are welcome to this FREE EVENT
Friday, December 13th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Village Market,  4632 N Trenton Portland , OR 97203
6:30pm ~ Village Market Open House, Michoacán Dinner
8:00pm ~ Presentation @ New Columbia CEC
· Purchase dinner prepared by Playa Del Sur
· Updates on Village Gardens progress and vision for 2014.
· Inspiring testimonials by Village Gardens participants.

If you would like to pre-order tamales from Playa Del Sur for Holiday Parties or stocking up the freezer, contact Jason Skipton at 971-998-4064
Chicken Tamales-$15/Dozen
Christmas Tamales-$18/Dozen
Sweet Tamales-$12/Dozen

Order by December 10th for pick up at the event December 13th


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