Holiday Season

As we celebrate the harvest and prepare our gardens for winter we are grateful for all those who have supported and continue to support us in seeking a more just, sustainable, delicious and beautiful world. Happy Holidays!


Seed-Share Potluck

Join us Thursday March 5th from 6 to 8 PM at McMenamins Kennedy School! Help us welcome the start of the growing season! To celebrate, share an evening of great food, community, and raffle with great local prizes. Bring food you love, friends you love, and seeds to swap!

Guests are invited to, but not required, bring seeds to share. Suggested donation $3-10 and a dish to share.

Hope to see you there!

at McMenamin’s Kenndey School, 5736 N.E. Ave., Portland, OR 97211 (in the Community Room).

RSVP to the Facebook event.

Next steps

IMG_20140712_160359After a remarkably successful beginning to our Market Garden, it is with much gratitude to Habitat for Humanity, Helensview Heights neighbors and our donors and volunteers that we say goodbye to our plot on 64th and Killingsworth. With a new Executive Director, Emma’s Garden staff is spending the cold months strengthening connections, looking for our new garden site and hatching plans for the new year.

In the meantime, here is something you could do to help us: link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card. You still earn your rewards points and cash back, but we also receive benefits through the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program! It’s a great way to give back, and only takes about 5 minutes to set up your account. Follow this link and click “Link your Rewards Card now”.

Thank you all for your support.

How Many Leaves in 1/4 Acre?


Saturday, December 28th, we spread leaves donated by Island Landscaping, Gardencraft, and Admirable Landscapes over cardboard donated by Organics to You and coffee grounds donated by Jim & Patty’s Coffee and Starbucks on Fremont.131228_003 131228_006

Collaborative Prioritization Activity

Priorities MatrixLife’s full of competing demands, especially when you’re an emerging nonprofit starting a social enterprise.  Everything’s got to get done, but how do you prioritize what comes first?  Together of course!  During our December 18th market garden meeting, we identified 15 activities competing for our attention.  We sorted the activities using a “priorities matrix.”

Groups use priorities matrices in different ways.  Here’s how we set ours up, with numbers showing the ultimate priority order:

Priorities Matrix Example



Mad About Mulching: An Introduction to Sheet Mulching

This Saturday, December 7th, 12-2pm, we’ll meet onsite for a community based training session. Find out how yard scraps and other materials can improve your soil over the winter. Emma Eichhorn, certified Urban Agriculturalist, will teach the basics of sheet mulching and lead you through a mulching activity to apply your knowledge. There will be time for questions and answers during this interactive session.

We’ll meet outside, on site, so come prepared for the weather. The training will be offered in English; Spanish interpretation will be arranged if needed. Suggested donation: $15.00 (no one turned away).

Please dress appropriately: wear heavy-soled, closed-toe boots/shoes and long pants. We have a limited supply of tools and gloves, so if you are able, please bring a rake and/or gloves.

The site is located at NE Killingsworth Court and NE 64th Avenue. If you’re driving, please respect the neighbor’s parking space and park on Killingsworth Street.


Groundbreaking Celebration


Our first two farmer applicants, a couple neighbors, and several of our volunteers gathered Saturday November 9th to celebrate our official groundbreaking! Thanks to everyone who came.

Liz (Farmer Liaison), Jim (Executive Director), and Tori (Volunteer Extraordinaire) tackle the dirty work.

Madelaine, our first farmer applicant, poses for the camera with her loyal dog Flair.

More photos coming.