Building Community by Building Community Gardens
When we get the opportunity to build new gardens we jump right in. Several of the gardens in the program were developed with financial resources through the Friends of Portland Community Gardens.
New Gardens come in a variety of types. We are currently working with groups that are creating temporary housing to address some of the houselessness our community is experiencing. This work involves development of in-ground garden beds as well as rolling cart garden beds. At some point we will be doing container gardens.
We’ve looked at developing roof-top gardens, and when the right opportunity arises, we will be there.
Crossroads Community Garden Success Story
The Crossroads Community Gardens was built by FPCG and then turned over to the Portland Parks Community Garden Program. There was a lot of sweat equity (Volunteers) and a fairly substantial monetary investment to bring this garden into existence.
In partnership with the Hillsdale Community Church, United Church of Christ, Friends built the first community garden west of the Willamette in 29 year. The church provided the land for the garden, and volunteers broke ground in March 2015. Crossroads Community Garden opened April 16, 2016. Crossroads is maintained by Portland Parks & Recreation’s Community Gardens program, making it the city’s 51st official community garden.
Though the garden was completed through the course of about a dozen volunteer work parties throughout the year, it still cost around $18,000 to bring in gravel and soil, add the garden shed, install the irrigation system and build a fence around the property. Leslie Pohl-Kosbau, the co-chairwoman of the Friends of Portland Community Gardens who headed up the project, says the garden was made possible through funding from groups such as Friends of Portland Community Gardens, West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation Service, Southwest Neighborhoods Inc., OnPoint Community Credit Union and the Hillsdale Community Church, United Church of Christ Foundation.
CONNECTION PHOTO: KELSEY O’HALLORAN – Camila Esposito, a student volunteer from the University of Utah, assembles a raised bed during one of the final work parties to prepare Crossroads Community Garden for its April opening.CONNECTION PHOTO: KELSEY O’HALLORAN – Camila Esposito, a student volunteer from the University of Utah, assembles a raised bed during one of the final work parties to prepare Crossroads Community Garden for its April opening.