Grow with us!

So many blackberries… so many possibilities! Feeling the cool air on your face after a hard day of work, brainstorming for ideas with friends and neighbors, seeing those first shoots come out of the dark soil,  a tended garden to remind us we are surroDSC02666unded by beauty, safety and life, the first tomato, your neighbor’s homemade salsa from the garden…now is the time to join us and be a part of creating our best vision together! Emma’s Garden is recruiting Farmers for the new Market Farm in Dekum Court. We are also seeking someone to join our team as a Bookkeeper, and the Board is also seeking new members.

New land and partners!

We are delighted to announce that Emma’s Garden will be working with the neighbors of Dekum Court to create a Market Farm on their property in NE Portland. The Neighborhood Committee will be meeting with us this week to make plans for clearing blackberries and getting the farm underway. We are in need of more volunteer support over the coming weeks. If you are interested in being an important part of community building, creating access to local healthy food and enjoying some fun and camaraderie while getting some work done, please sign up to join us! You can sign up as a volunteer on the listserve or contact Emma directly.DSC02671

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.

Help Us Decide What to Grow

Portland State University Community Development students have put together a quick survey to help us plan our market garden’s first season.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts here:  https://portlandstate.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_816LRiw1GLn0MQZ

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.

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Groundbreaking Celebration

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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.

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

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

More photos coming.