You’ll find me at the community garden

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This month, I’m officially entering phase one of The SAVOR Project! I’ve secured a plot at Ridgewood Park, a SW Portland community garden, and over the next few seasons, I’ll use this space as a demo garden to highlight the benefits of interacting with and cultivating an urban edible garden. It will also serve as the meeting place for a number of low-cost public offerings through The SAVOR Project’s “outdoor school” workshop series. Most of what I harvest from this plot will be given away to workshop participants and the Produce for People Program.

I hope you join me! Rain or shine, we’ll dig in, play with our food, and nourish our hearts, bodies, minds, and community.

Beginning March 4th, I’ll host “garden office hours” at the Ridgewood Community Garden (plot #17, right near the entrance) on Wednesdays from 12pm – 2pm.  Please be sure to review the friendly guidelines on thecommunity garden website, so we are respectful of the space and other gardeners – the main highlights: no dogs, and if you bring small children, they must be closely supervised at all times.

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What to expect: Me, in my grubby gardening clothes – engaged in assessment, planning, amendment, weeding, planting, maintenance, and harvest. A practice space where I build upon my nearly twenty years of gardening experience, and strengthen therapeutic horticultural skills. What to bring: Your questions, curiosity, thoughts, suggestions, and eventually, once SAVOR’s outdoor school gets off the ground, your willingness to dig IN to mindfulness-based food literacy and therapeutic horticulture education.

More about Ridgewood: Bordering the community garden, we have access to a family- and dog-friendly park, which includes a playground, open green space, several picnic benches, and the oh-so-convenient porta potty. Come check it out – it’s a beautiful neighborhood conveniently located near the intersection of Hwys 26 & 217.

As a service to the neighborhood, I’m also happy to share the expertise I’ve gained as an OSU Extension Master Gardener (although this isn’t an MG-sponsored space or activity).  I’m sure my gardening neighbors will also teach me a thing or two because those plots were looking good when I visited last week!

If you don’t have access to edible gardening space and/or want to secure your own community gardening plot, check out the following organizations to learn more. A head’s up, though – many have waiting lists so get in touch early. In the meantime, feel free to drop by The SAVOR Project plot and watch things unfold.

City of Portland community gardens

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District

Washington County community gardens

Clackamas Community College gardens

Friends of Portland Community Gardens

Mudbone Grown program for farmers of color

Oregon Food Bank Garden Education programs

Are we missing a link to community garden resources in the Pacific Northwest? Please drop us a line at savor@drmcwatters.com so we can add your local community garden to this list!