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Growing Gardens

Growing Gardens was founded in 1996 with a mission to promote food gardening for improved nutrition, health, and self-reliance while enhancing the quality of life of individuals and communities.

GROWINGGARDENS gets at the root of hunger in Portland, Oregon.  We organize hundreds of volunteers to build organic, raised bed vegetable gardens in backyards, front yards, side yards and even on balconies.  We support low income households for three years with seeds, plants, classes, mentors and more.  Our Youth Grow after school garden clubs grow the next generation of veggie eaters and growers!  Through Learn & Grow workshops and work parties, we teach gardeners all about growing, preparing and preserving healthful food while respecting the health of the environment.

We plant seeds for good food and healthy people by making sure low income people have the resources  they need to grow organic vegetables at home.  Through this work, community members meet over the backyard garden, through volunteering, by attending classes, and through sharing extra produce.

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