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Community Engagement Coordinator (applications due March 4th @ 5pm)
The Community Engagement Coordinator will work to develop a robust community engagement and leadership development structure to support adult participants to engage in effective community organizing around the production and consumption of healthy and nutritious food. Program development efforts of this position will involve helping to create program structures to more fully integrate health and nutrition activities and build the capacity of adult leaders to guide program evolution.
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Distribution and Outreach Coordinator (applications due March 4th @ 5pm)
This person is responsible for coordinating and carrying through all the food distribution and marketing for Village Gardens programs. This person will collaborate with program leads, youth and adult participants at Food Works, Village Market, and Community Programs to ensure produce harvests reach appropriate market venues on time and in excellent condition. This person will develop additional market venues along with coordinating Village Garden (Food Works and Market Gardeners) produce distribution directly to Village Market and VG’s Farmers Market. This person will facilitate skill sharing and trainings to develop best practices for harvesting fresh produce and bringing it to market in great condition.
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Food Works Program and Farm– Volunteers interested in working with a successful youth leadership program and youth-run farm should contact Leslie at to learn more about our current volunteer opportunities!

Food Works Farm Volunteer Groups –  Volunteer groups will have the opportunity to join Food Works youth leaders in their work  seeding, planting, weeding, and maintaining their Sauvie Island Farm.  Please contact Leslie at to coordinate a volunteer group or fill out our online volunteer group registration form.

Village Market Store – 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 /503.943.5634 to become a Village Market Volunteer or fill out an application. 


Join Our Team!

Are you a resident of St. Johns Woods, New Columbia, or the Tamaracks?  Do you have family and friends who are a part of those communities?  Please contact us at 503-286-2099 so we can help to find a way for you to become involved in one of our programs, as a gardener, a youth leader, a committee member.

Support Our Work!

Your donation helps our Community Leaders to help their community.  To make a tax-deductible donation to Village Gardens, please follow this link You can also send a check to Village Gardens, Janus Youth Programs, 707 NE Couch, Portland, OR 97232.  Foundations interested in our programs are encouraged to contact Kris Soebroto at, or Rosalie Karp at

Become a Customer!

Help the ongoing success of Village Gardens by shopping with us! Visit the Village Market in North Portland or look for Food Works Produce. Food Works youth can be found at the Portland Farmer’s Market at PSU, and the St. Johns Farmer’s Market on Saturdays during the summer.  Food Works products can also be purchased at the New Seasons Market Arbor Lodge store on N Interstate and at the Village Market. You can also support Food Works by becoming a CSA Member.

Spread the Word!

Share about our projects with everyone you know.  We hope that our work can help to support positive community development in other areas around Portland and the country. Link to this site at

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Download the intern position description and submit a cover letter and resume to Ryan Schoonover at rschoonover@janusyouth.orgRecruitment for both internships is ongoing and open until filled. If you are interested please apply asap!

Village Gardens is implementing a diverse range of fundraising strategies through the end of 2012.  We are looking for qualified, motivated and enthusiastic individuals interested in developing skills in fundraising campaigns while working with a vibrant and diverse community.  Fundraising Assistants can work remotely with the expectation that occasional on-site meetings occur and consistent communication occur weekly.  We are seeking individuals who are able to volunteer a total of 10-20 hours a week. 

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