Community Events

Our United Village Community is having a “Sharing Ideas Panel” on Sat. August 6th, from 11-1pm at BES located at 6543 N. Burlington in St. Johns, by Cathedral Park. Panelists include: Compass Junctions, African Youth and Community Org and St Johns Farmers Market. It’s FREE and open to the community, light meal provided. I’m going and hope to see you there!

RSVP at http://ouvcommunityoutreach.org/events/upcoming-events/

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Thank You!!!

Big thank you to Josh and Danyal for purchasing and installing the water system!!! And also, thank you for the tomato starts! Thank you, Monica for finding and transporting the hay bales that look so great in the garden! Can’t wait to make use of them as seats to take in the beauty of the garden and wonders of life. 🙂

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Portland Nursery

Peggy Acott, the director for community outreach at Portland Nursery donated a dwarf apple tree for our garden. She says it will grow to be about 8 feet tall, which is just about right. Hopefully this Braeburn will mesh nicely with the other apple tree we recently transplanted. We appreciate your generosity, Peggy!!!

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Gardening Workshops with Farmer Pete

Pete Munyon (who is doing the veggie box deliveries to Swap) is interested in sharing his veggie-growing knowledge with fellow veggie gardeners.

Pete farms his veggies year-round in urban plots around North Portland, organically and sustainably, using elements of permaculture, companion planting, and the use of many multipurpose edible, medicinal and soil-improving plants.

He would like to set up a 3 or 4 hour class a couple of times a month–maybe every other Saturday morning? He really loves the idea of sharing knowledge as much as possible, but he is hoping to ask for a $5 fee/class. Still, he won’t turn anyone away for lack of funds.

Each class would have a topic which Pete would talk about for an hour or so. Then we could do some work in the garden and apply/reinforce some of our new knowledge.

Let us know if you are interested.

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Veggie Boxes from Farmer Pete at Swap n Play

Pete’s Munyon’s organic veggie boxes will be available for purchase in the Swap N Play kitchen this Wednesday from noon until 8pm.

Pete is part of the North Portland Urban Farming Project, growing veggies organically and sustainability in city yards. All soil is tested before planting, and seeds are organic and non-GMO. If you like to eat local and you live in North Portland, this is as local as it gets!

Due to the late growing season, last week’s boxes were almost all greens. I have asked Pete if he can make smaller boxes available until the other types of veggies come in, as I figure some folks might be a bit intimidated by having to cook so many meals from greens!

Another option of course, is that families can pair up to split the boxes.
If you are interested in the veggie boxes, but Wednesday afternoon & evening just doesn’t work out for pick-up, please let me know! Pete’s schedule is flexible, and we can move the veggie delivery to a time that suits the most people.

Last week’s boxes were $15 and included mustard greens, kale, chard, spinach, lettuce, cress and radishes. The boxes are first come first served. Pete prefers cash, but if you really can’t manage cash a check is ok. Please leave payment in the 3rd white box on the kitchen wall when you pick up your veggies.

And please remember to bring back your empty box next Wednesday for Pete to pick-up.

Thanks!

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Many Thanks!!

We are in the process of producing a sign and donors list……which brings me to this. We are so grateful to all who have contributed their time, energy, goods, talents and services to the garden. Along with our 14 dedicated plot and garden tenders, we would also like to thank the following organizations:

• People’s Republic of Produce
• Bread & Wine
• Red Sea Community Church
• East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
• Victory Seed Company
• Michael Hoffar Custom Furniture
• Shurway Lumber
• Linnton Feed and Seed
• Jugtown Vinyl
• Metro
• Portland Nursery
• Anna Bannanas
• Ristretto Roasters
• Stumptown Roasters

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Activity in the garden

Lots to tell lately with the garden. We now have 14 beds (one is on the way) being tended by folks from the community, Red Sea, Swap n Play, St. Johns Community Center after school kids!!! A shout out to all who have helped prepare the garden in the last couple of months!! We have tilled, shoveled, hoed, weeded, sown seeds, transplanted, watered, laid straw and fabric in preparation for zucchini, pumpkins, tomatoes. We transplanted 2 donated blueberry bushes and 1 apple tree (we are hoping to receive another apple tree from Portland Nursery). Thank you to Linnton Feed and Seed for the 2 bales of donated straw (they gave us the best grade, with few seeds). Thank you to Danyal and Josh for lots of hours of hard work and donation of materials, as well the soon to come, installation of our watering system!

Thank you all for making this garden flourish!!!!

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