Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sabin Garden Resource List


Do you love to garden? Do you want to do more gardening, but don't know where to turn? Now you have no excuse! Here's a fantastic list compiled by Rachel Studer to help you out.

This will be permanently linked for easy reference.

Labor --

We are working on a list of garden maintenance workers and designers - please contact us with names of folks who have mowed, trimmed, weeded or done heavy labor for you and whom you can recommend (diligent youth included).

Sabin & vicinity --

SABIN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE - Barbara Conable - 3713 NE 15th Ave. 97212, 503-283-9636, barbconable@hevanet.com

ARIADNE GARDEN - NE 11the Ave. between Fremont and Beech.
Open typically Tuesdays and Saturdays, morning or afternoon: look for signboard on north corner of 11th & Fremont, across from the east end of Irving Park.
Organic produce, flowers, shrubs, and compost tea for sale. You can volunteer in exchange for food. Ariadne donates food to elders in surrounding area.
Kim McDodge, Head Gardener, 503-284-7116
Land held by Oregon Sustainable Agricultural Land Trust (OSALT).

KING FARMERS MARKET - Sundays, 10 am to 2 pm. May 3 - Sept. 27,. 2009. Located in parking lot at NE 7th & Wygant, between Alberta & Prescott, adjacent to office of NE Coalition of Neighborhoods, King School and King School Park.40 Vendors every week, local produce, flowers, cheeses & meats; cooking demos, live music. Oregon Train, WIC, FMNP welcome.

NORTHEAST TOOL LIBRARY & SEED LIBRARY - Parking lot at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5431 NE 20th Ave. Saturdays 9 am-2 pm. They have almost every tool a homeowner would need! Volunteers needed to staff the library.
Strongly urge you to check for changes of place or times: www.neptl.org; Eric at 503-754-0534, ericfairlayman@yahoo.com; Tom at 503-539-1756, tomscot51@yahoo.com
Partially supported by a grant from NE Coalition of Neighborhoods..


The following are tailored-made for Sabin since we have many unused fruit and nut trees, and space for garden plots. Also a great opportunity to get food by creating community.

PORTLAND FRUIT TREE PROJECT - We register fruit and nut trees throughout the city, so that individuals can maintain, then harvest trees. We also bring people together to harvest and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh fruit each year, and teach tree care and food preservation in hands-on workshops. portlandfruit.org
Founder Katie lives in Sabin with fruit and vegetable gardens, chickens and goats! Partially supported by grant from NE Coalition of Neighborhoods.

URBAN EDIBLES has a website where you can find free food in the city. This includes learning about edible weeds, especially their medicinal properties; folks can list sources of fruit and nut trees and abandoned garden beds. Volunteers needed! urbanedibles.org

TWO BUSINESSES THAT use your property (if it has enough sun!) to create a mini farm which provides you with organic food. They do the work, you enjoy the harvest! www.yourbackyardfarmer www.citygardenfarms.com

Classes --

NATURESCAPING AND RAIN GARDEN WORKSHOPS are offered by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, which recently moved close by at 5211 N. Williams. Workshops fill up fast! Naturescaped Yards Tour seeking hosts and volunteers. www.emswcd.org/workshops-events

URBAN GROWTH BOUNTY 2009 - A series of classes in late Winter 2009. Contact the office about future events.
Steve Cohen , Food Policy and Programs
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


Volunteer opportunities --

SABIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VEG GARDEN - Volunteer opportunities - madelyn@sabingardens.org

GROWING GARDENS - Organizes volunteers to build raised bed vegetable gardens for low-income folks and sponsors activities for kids. www.growing-gardens.org 503-284-8420

URBAN GLEANERS - www.urbangleaners.org. See also Portland Fruit Tree Project, Urban Edibles, Your Backyard Farmer and City Garden Project, listed above.
Information; Events --

METRO - Recycling, compost, sustainable living, and much much more - www.metro-region.org

METRO HOTLINE: 503-234-3000
Urban Growth Bounty 2009: Organic Vegetable Gardening

METRO GARDEN TOURS & OTHER EVENTS - www.metro-region.org, choose Calendar on home page

MASTER GARDENER HOTLINE, Multnomah County: 10 am-2 pm weekdays -- 503-445-4608

U-PICK FARMS & FARM STANDS - www.tricountyfarm.org


FARMERS MARKETS - www,portlandfarmersmarket.org, wwworegonfarmersmarkets.org

FOOD PRESERVATION - oregonstate.edu/lane/food-preservation/ask_expert
Local Food Safety Hotline - 541-682-4246

MULTNOMAH COUNTY 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. jonathan.mayer.oregonstate.edu, 503-916-6075.
Got space for a pig or some dairy goats in your backyard?


WARNING -- Let’s be realistic about the hazards of city living. Lead and other heavy metals are found in the soil as well as paint chips. Before establishing an edible garden, be sure to test your soil. Check Yellow Pages for Soil Testing Services.

“Chickens eating lead not so ‘sustainable’: Urban chicken advocates should care about what the birds consume,” Portland Tribune, 3/26/09

“Soil can turn over a new leaf,” Portland Tribune, 4/2/09




Compiled in part by Rachel Studer, 503-288-3129, lanomada @hevanet.com -

Please contact me with additions, corrections, suggestions.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Thanks for this list. It is very helpful.