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Village Gardens Farmers Market Starts July 10th!

June 30, 2014

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Village Gardens Farmers Market

Thursdays 3pm-7pm

July 10th-August 28th

Village Gardens’ Farmers Market  is excited to be returning to New Columbia for our second season! Located outside of Village Market (4632 N. Trenton), the Farmers Market will provide local, seasonal and cultural vegetables grown by Village Gardens Market Gardener and certified organic produce from Food Works Farm representing the culturally diverse neighborhoods of New Columbia and Portsmouth. The Village Gardens Market Gardeners hail from the Congo, Burundi and Mexico. They 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, enjoy some injera with lentils or tamales with aqua fresca! This is sure to be a great community event, and a great way to support the neighborhood growers and  producers of these amazing products!

Support Food Works! Sign Up for their CSA Today!

May 22, 2014


Join the Food Works 2014 CSA!

Our CSA is designed for folks who want to support the Food Works program as well as receive great farm fresh produce! For 21 weeks, from mid June through the end of October (Starting June 11), you’ll pick up your weekly share of beautiful, local, organic produce at one of three drop sites. You’ll also be supporting low income families in North Portland to receive the same beautiful, local, organic produce for free. 

How much does it cost?

The 21 week CSA share is $600. We think that this is a great value for the amount of local organic produce you will receive.

How Do I Join the CSA?

Register online today.

Download, print and mail in your registration form and payment today.

You can also email us at for more information regarding the CSA.

Where Are Our Drop Sites?

We offer 4 sites to pick up your weekly box at:

  • Portland State Farmers Market (Saturday, Downtown Portland)
  • St. Johns Farmers Market (Saturday, St. Johns)
  • Village Market (Wednesday, St. Johns)
  • Sisters of the Road (Thursday, Downtown Portland)

What’s In Our CSA Share?

  • Always Includes 7-12 different vegetables each week
  • It’s a great size for a family of four or a couple hungry adults.
  • Includes the Food Works newsletter that keeps you up to date on farm happenings, what’s in season, our favorite  recipes, youth writings and Food Works program updates.

Testimony from our 2012 CSA members:

“MUCH better than previous CSAs that I have participated in. Everything was *super* fresh.”

“Always fantastic: fresh, not even anything that was past its prime, and with just the right amount of dirt / imperfections to make it feel like you’re eating real food. Am going to miss it until next year.”

“Great variety of produce, seeing the students working at the market, great value.”

 Below is sample CSA Boxes from the 2013 season:

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Please email us at with any questions that you have about the Food Works CSA. We would love to support you to become a member.

Join the Village Market Team

May 15, 2014




Village Market is a non-profit, community-designed and operated, healthy corner grocery store in the heart of New Columbia in North Portland. Village Market strives to build community, promote health, offer fresh and healthy produce, grocery and prepared food items. Village Market has been operating for 2 years and is an exciting opportunity to work for a growing business in the dynamic North Portland community. Village Market is currently hiring for the Grocery Clerk and Shift Leader positions. Recruitment is ongoing and open until filled.

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!

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