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 http://intisarabioto.com. 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
What 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 firstname.lastname@example.org /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.
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 email@example.com Deadline to apply is September 28. Thanks for spreading the word!
Village 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:
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.
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.