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Farmers Market Celebration

September 30, 2015

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Dear Village Gardens community,

We would like to thank everyone who came and supported the Village Gardens Farmers Market this season. If it wasn’t for all the community support we could not make it happen! We hope that you found delicious food and veggies, wonderful live music, and just a friendly environment and community vibe over all!

Thank you to all the vendors for coming out each week with a huge smile on your face, and with the delicious produce you grew or craft you created, ready to have a great market, rain or shine. Thank you to all the musicians who performed Live and helped create a festive and welcoming atmosphere for all week after week. Thank you for giving a piece of yourself through your music!

We would also like to give thanks to those who maybe did not make it out to the farmers market but who still showed their support for Village Gardens and the work we do as a community in other ways.

We were very lucky to have the talented  Intisar Abioto visit our farmers market in July and take some outstanding photos of our community at work! Intisar “is an adventurer, dancer, photographer, and writer. Originally from Memphis, TN, her work is an active exploration of life through arts, storytelling, and adventure. With an ongoing research focus on the global African Diaspora, her unique form of story inquiry as a way of life has taken her from Memphis to Berlin to Djibouti, seeking the authentic stories of people within the African Diaspora. In 2013, she began photographing The Black Portlanders, an ongoing photo essay, blog, and a cross-modal arts adventure which images people of African descent in Portland, OR.” If you would like to check out her work as a photographer and artist please check out her website at Thanks again Intisar for such the beautiful pictures that you captured! (Check out some of the pictures bellow)

Lastly, we would like to thank Kaiser Permanente Community Fund and the Northwest Health Foundation for providing the professional photography services of Intisar Abioto.

We hope to see everyone at the Village Gardens Farmers Market next year!

The Village Gardens Team

Volunteer at Village Market

September 25, 2015

12003271_1000563639966331_2171019452518954613_nWhat Are Your Special Talents & Skills? Village Market needs you! You! Your muscle, willing hands, and organizing skill! Your nice smile, ideas, or heart-warming soup! Help us stock shelves, count inventory, and sparkle up pans, Make sure the milk’s chill and the onions don’t stink! Have a blast! Cook! Learn stuff! Make new friends, do good work! Help out just 3 hours a week and earn a discount on store purchases for a month.

We are looking for neighbors, customers, and food lovers to join the Village Market in providing quality, fresh, healthy, affordable groceries to New Columbia and it’s neighbors.Please contact Ryan at /503.943.5634 to become a Village Market Volunteer or fill out an application.

Volunteer information open house Thursday, October 1st from 3p to 4p. Store tour starts at 2:30p.

Now Hiring an Assistant Store Manager

September 15, 2015


Village Market is looking for an Assistant Store Manager to assist in planning, organizing and directing all store activities. This will include excellent customer service, inventory control, shift scheduling, store promotions and sales, processing invoices, supervising staff and volunteers and creating a welcoming, safe and clean environment within the Market. Download Village Market Assistant Store Manager position description. 

To Apply:Submit a resume to Village Market in person or email to Ryan, at Deadline to apply is September 28. Thanks for spreading the word!

Village Gardens Pie Hard Judges

July 29, 2015

622-LOGOVillage Gardens is very proud to be the non-profit partner for Willamette Week’s Pie Hard event, an artisan pizza and fruit pie showdown at Ecliptic Brewing Co. (825 N Cook St.) on Tuesday, August 4 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale here and $2 from each purchase goes directly to Village Gardens.

The Pie Hard event will also feature two Village Gardens community members on the judge panel: Roman, Food Works Crew Leader and Vickie, Community Leader.

Here is a bit about both of them:


Vickie tending the children activity booth at the Village Gardens farmers market.

Since moving to New Columbia two years ago, Vickie has been an active and engaged community leader.  A mother of five and a grandmother of four, she has been engaged in gardening in Portsmouth Community Garden for the past year and a half and is assisting in the role of a kitchen co-leader in the formulation of the first New Columbia/Tamarack Apartments community kitchen. The kitchen will not only create social connectedness, but will also impart healthy recipes and training in the areas of canning, preserving and baking. Vickie also has been an active volunteer for the past two years with Village Gardens/Portland Fruit Tree Project’s Fruits of Diversity Orchard, learning  the art of fruit tree and vine care.

In addition to all of her volunteerism (and I have only barely scraped the surface of just how much she gives of herself), she additionally is in her final year at Portland State University in pursuit of a Bachelors Degree in Public Health.  Having recently completed Multnomah County’s Community Health Worker Program, Vickie’s plan is to create positive inroads in the arena of health care rights in the queer community.

Roman at the Village Gardens Third Annual Spring Fundraiser.

Roman is a Crew Leader for Food Works, Village Gardens youth run farm and business. He has been a crew member for the last year and now holds the position of summer program crew leader.

Here is Roman in his words sharing his thoughts about Food Works: “What I enjoy at food works is coming to work and spending time with people I want to hang out with!Being untied as a crew. Seeing everyone’s point of view of the program and of life. Hearing others goals and achieving their dreams. Also seeing everyone grow as their own person and as a crew.”

“Working as a team is very important at Food works because we need everyone in the crew to be able to be successful. It sound crazy but it does. Working as a team can be hard, but we’ll live. It’s hard sharing the spotlight but it’s better to share it with everyone. It’s not about what you want, it’s about you and the crew and you decision to come to consensus.  At the farm you need everyone to put in effort because if someone doesn’t the crew can fall behind.”

Roman is a sophomore at Roosevelt High School and wants to become a reality T.V star.

Village Gardens is Hiring a Program Director

July 25, 2015
Village_Market_Finals-111Janus Youth Programs seeks an effective leader with solid management skills who is passionate about improving food security and food justice in underserved communities! This position is responsible for the continued success and viability of Village Gardens Community Food Projects. As such, it requires vision, grit, exemplary time management skills, sophisticated community building skills, strong writing skills and an easy way with people. A sense of humor will also prove invaluable! We anticipate that the position will begin in early September.
Salary is $4166 per month. Janus offers an excellent benefits program including medical,
dental, life & long-term disability insurance; EAP; 401(k) and paid time off (varied eligibility waiting periods apply). Voluntary optional coverages are also available.
Please submit cover letter and resume to Melissa Allen, Janus Youth Programs, Inc., 707 NE Couch, Portland, OR 97232 or email to her at
Your cover letter (not to exceed twopages) must highlight experience and training related to no less than three of the following areas: 1) Work related to food security and food justice issues; 2) Fundraising and grant writing; 3) Community building; 4) Strategic planning; 5) Program management.
Click here for full position
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