Dig Deeper: About Friends of Portland Community Gardens

Who Are We?

Friends of the Portland Community Gardens (FPCG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and expand community gardening opportunities for all Portland-area residents to grow healthy food and build community. Founded in 1985, we’ve been busy ever since helping community gardens to take root and flourish in our area.

Mission

Friends of Portland Community Gardens (Friends) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and expand community gardening opportunities for all Portland-area residents to grow healthy food and build community around gardening. For over 30 years, Friends has provided support to the Portland Parks and Recreation Community Gardens program, while also expanding our mission to also include non–Parks & Recreation community gardens throughout the Portland area.

Support for Gardens and Gardeners

FPCG provides financial support to the gardens and gardeners through cash awards and fiscal sponsorships. We also support gardeners specific programs like Produce for People and Mason Bee Husbandry. We supply connection to garden education resources.

Advocacy

Friends of Portland Community Gardens was originally established to respond to drastic budget cuts which threatened the City of Portland’s Community Gardens program, and was registered as a 501(c)(3) Domestic Nonprofit Corporation in March 1986. Friends is Portland’s original advocacy and support nonprofit for community gardeners. We serve as the gardener’s voice with the City of Portland by advocating to preserve and create community gardens throughout the metro area. We do our best to attend every budget and design session that impacts gardening in Portland and receive quarterly reports from the city’s Community Gardening office. We also engage the City Council through direct contact and meetings. When Portland community gardeners face challenges, Friends is at the front lines preserving the right to grow healthy gardens on community land.

Garden Development

Occasionally we find partners with a desire to see a new garden built. We do fundraising and organizing of volunteers to bring these about. The last garden we built was Crossroads Community Garden. We are always on the lookout for new plots to develop. Please contact us if you see a parcel with potential.