The Urban Harvest Garden, run by the Urban League of Portland and supported by the Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI), serves to create space for African Americans and others to obtain food security and to engender Environmental Justice – the fair access of land to marginalized people. The garden is run on a collective model, so you work in it when you can and harvest from it when you need. This is an amazing opportunity for residents living in multiunit apartments where garden space is limited or not available. The garden is located on the corner of North Beech Street and North Albina Streets.
To jump start the winter season, there is a garden work party on Saturday, October 24 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Tasks include amending the soil, removing summer plants, pulling weeds, planting winter vegetables, and providing general garden maintenance. RSVP’s are welcomed (see contact information below), but are not required.
This is an outdoor rain-or-shine event, so watch the weather and dress appropriately. Restrooms are off site a block away. The garden is wheel chair accessible and some work can be accomplished with diverse mobility.
Light snacks will be provided. No specific training is required and work can be taught on site for any volunteer experience level with gardening; the garden is here to build us up.
The Urban Harvest Garden also acts as an educational zone and receives visits from a neighboring childcare facility and Self Enhancement, Inc.’s nearby school. Future dreams of the garden include distributing produce to Black-owned restaurants and to eventually start a Black farmers market.
Location: 741 N Beech St (corner of Albina St and Beech St)
Date: Sat. October 24, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm