What we do

Dig Deeper: About Friends of Portland Community Gardens

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. 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
After the City of Portland matches gardeners with their community garden plots, Friends works to ensure that each gardener has the hands-on resources they need to succeed in their garden. We provide free compost deliveries, tool replacement or supply, and host events at gardens. Garden managers let us know what each garden needs, and this year we are supplying a petty cash fund so that garden managers do not have to pay for incidental costs out of pocket. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member of Friends.

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 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.