Friends, Partners, Volunteers, and Students - We Need Your Input!
Luscher Farm, home of Oregon Tilth's Organic Demonstration Garden sits on the Urban Growth Boundary of Portland, OR. As a public park, working farm, community garden, and teaching space, Luscher Farm provides a valuable, and unique, gathering place for the community. It is a regional destination, both historic and progressive in nature, and it needs our ongoing attention! If you've visited, or hope to visit in the future, please complete this online survey, and tell us about your relationship to Luscher Farm. Your input will help inform a master plan for the next quarter century - preserving, protecting, and enhancing this precious agricultural resource of the Willamette Valley!
This is Conner Voss, the Demonstration Garden Coordinator for Oregon Tilth's Organic Education Center. I've met many of you through classes and tours in the garden, and i am writing to you now with the purpose of our garden in mind. Please take a few minutes to help build an agricultural future for Luscher Farm and it's partners, by completing this quick online survey - you can skip directly to the survey link below, or read on for more information.
As you may or may not know, the Organic Demonstration Garden of Oregon Tilth - the living foundation and source of inspiration for our hands-on education programming - is located at the historic Luscher Farm. Luscher Farm is a unique and dynamic agricultural park - owned, maintained, and operated by the City of Lake Oswego (LO). Currently, the Parks and Recreation Dept. of LO is undergoing a comprehensive Parks and Natural Areas Systems master planning process, which includes the Luscher Farm property, and which will inform the development and allocation of City lands towards a multitude of possible uses. Agriculture, open spaces, and land-based education are just a few of the critical uses that Oregon Tilth hopes to preserve and expand through our experienced role as promoter, supporter, and advocate for a sustainable food system.
Luscher Farm is a unique, and valuable place. This fertile pocket of land, which sits direclty on the Urban Growth Boundary of Portland, provides an enduring example of the agricultural heritage of our region. As a public park, this place is poised to impact our communities in a number of very positive ways; by connecting people to the sources of their food, by providing a close but quiet retreat from the city, by offering a bountiful, beautiful place to grow and gather with friends and family, and by acting as a source of knowledge and wisdom for generations of farmers and gardeners, both urban and rural. Luscher farm is one of those rare peices of heritage that is not old and obsolete, but rather holds the potential to lead our communities into a productive, sustainable future.
Oregon Tilth is grateful to share the privelage of Luscher Farm with a number of active, and enthusiastic partners. From the bountiful soils of 47th Ave. Farm, to the unparalleled botanical saavy of the Rogerson Clematis Collection, to the colorful, and expressive patchwork of LO Community Garden plots, to the whimsical tunnels and teepees of the Children's Garden, Luscher Farm is much more than a City Park. It is a regional resource, offering visitors infinite and increasingly rare insight into the natural world.
Please click here to complete this online survey...
PLEASE NOTE: The questions of the survey are geared towards many types of parks, of which Luscher Farm is an exception in both form and function. If you have experience with Oregon Tilth's education programs, or have visited the farm, or have interacted with any number of the partners, please take a few moments to use the given writing space to explain your experience, opinions, and observations. Your input is valuable even if you are not a Lake Oswego resident - Luscher Farm is open to everyone, from dawn 'til dusk! Please submit your questionnaire by December 10, 2011.
Thank you all for your time and support! I look forward to seeing you on the farm next season. Enjoy this beautiful fall.
In Good Tilth,