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Village Gardens is Hiring a Farmers Market Manager

November 23, 2015

Little book of self careIn 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 Ryan Schoonover at  Posting closes on Sunday, November 29th at 23:59pm. Click for the full job posting  Farmers Market Manager 11 2015.

Meet Our New Program Director!

November 11, 2015

We are pleased to announce and welcome the newest member of the Village Gardens team, Kris Soebroto! Kris will start at the beginning of December as our new Program Director and brings with her a strong passion in food and social justice. It’s an exciting time at Village Gardens with new projects and next seasons planning underway and we can’t wait to get her on board! We’ve include a bit more about her in her own words below. Welcome Kris from the whole Village Gardens team!

I am driven by the belief that every person has a basic right to choose healthy food and that these choices must be easy, accessible and affordable. From what I can see, the programs at Village Gardens grew out of organizing for this basic right and I have long admired the organization for its integrity and commitment to following the leadership of the community. I have always been driven by the belief that commitment, passion, and collaboration is what makes communities and myself, as an individual, thrive – and this is what I see to be at the heart of Village Gardens.

Back in 2009, I remember how exciting it was to witness the rising tide of a rich and thriving food culture in Portland, while at the same time, how concerning it was to see poor communities and communities of color being left out altogether. I left behind ten years working in the building trades to focus on food justice and had the fortune to land at Sisters Of The Road – a non-profit Cafe that provides healthy affordable meals served with dignity to folks experiencing homelessness and poverty.

As a Cafe and Development Co-Manager at Sisters for the past 6 years, I was able to create systems and solutions to address the issue of equitable food access alongside communities who have consistently been left out of the picture. I came to understand that solutions must address immediate needs while affecting underlying issues for long-term change. Working at the heart of food justice and food equity continues to deeply impact me. It has given me perspective and understanding of who we all are and what we all deserve and have a right to as people and as a community. And it has given me motivation, focus, and a deep passion to change a system that needs to do better for each of us. I am thrilled to step into the role of Program Director at Village Gardens. I believe the work that Village Gardens is doing speaks for itself and I am thrilled for the opportunity to support its growth into the future.
-Kris Soebroto

Willamette Weekly Give!Guide Kick Off

November 4, 2015

Dear Village Gardens community,

We are proud to announce that this year again, we have the privilege and honor to be part of the Willamette Week Give!Guide campaign. Every year since 2004, the Give!Guide selects a large number of local non-profits to feature in the Give!Guide with the goals tohook readers 35 and younger on the giving habit… [and] to raise as much money as possible for as many worthy local nonprofits.”

Village Gardens would like you to encourage your friends, loved-ones, and even co-workers to take some time to check out the Give!Guide and support Village Gardens! Help spread the word about the work we do to address food justice issues in North Portland throughsocial media. Like us on Facebook and follow us onTwitter, and please encourage others to do the same. When you share our status, like or favorite our posts,you increase the visibility and impact of our work!

Last year, Village Gardens raised close to $7,000through the Give!Guide. This year, we hope to doublethat, with your help! Village Gardens thank you so much for your time and invaluable support! You rock!

The Village Gardens Team

Honored Grant Recipients

October 15, 2015

We would like to share that on Oct. 13th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $8.6 million in grants through the Community Food Projects (CFP) program to organizations that will develop local solutions to food insecurity and increase access to local and independent food systems for low-income communities. Village Gardens is honored to be one of the grant recipients!

Its wonderful news! Its also great knowing that Village Gardens, is being noticed for the amazing and outstanding work that we are doing in the community!

To read more, please click on the link below!

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 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


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