I frequently walk past the Kennedy School Community Garden in Northeast Portland (pictured above and below). Until recently you could stroll through the garden, but unfortunately there must have been some nastiness because now the gate is locked. I can still enjoy it from outside the fence; it is a wonderful collection of separate plots where people are expressing their distinct personality while growing flowers and vegetables. I first became aware of community gardens when I lived on Capitol Hill in Seattle. A new P-Patch garden was going in up the street from my apartment building; I was so excited to be a part of it. Unfortunately to get a spot in the new P-Patch you had to volunteer hours at their work parties, working to get it up and running. Makes sense right? Except the work parties were held on Saturdays and I was a retail store manger at the time. Store Managers do not get Saturdays off, I did not get a spot in the P-Patch. Still, I enjoyed watching the garden develop and walked through it every chance I got. I read that there are currently over 60 P-Patch gardens in Seattle! It is a wonderful program.
A few weeks ago my co-workers and I had lunch in the South Waterfront area of Portland. This is a new neighborhood that was growing fast before the economy tanked. Tall glamorous condo buildings calling out to the Urban Pioneers, as the early residents were labeled. These days things have slowed, there are empty residential and retail units in the towers, and only buildings that were already in development are being completed. It’s an exciting and new neighborhood with an eerie edge to it. Yet in the middle of all the concrete, metal and glass was this, a garden.
Isn’t it wonderful? The residents of these new buildings have the desire to get out there and garden, and they are being given a place to do it! Looks like they are baiting for slugs with a little stale beer trap.
Someone practicing Square Foot gardening…
Using a little left over flashing to create a raised bed in the raised bed…
Community Gardens rock!