Friends of Portland Community Gardens
Friends of Portland Community Gardens supports and expands community gardening opportunities for all Portland-area residents to grow healthy food and build community.
Bottom Line for Portland
Portland’s Community Gardens provide residents with access and opportunities to grow food for families and the community. Portland Parks & Recreation hosts 58 gardens spread across the city serving gardeners who speak over 100 languages. Through the Produce for People program, community gardeners grow and donate over 26,000 pounds of produce to more than 24 food pantries, helping feed Portland families in need.
With our limited budget, we provide financial support to each garden, supply plant starts and soil amendments for the Produce for People Program and help to install and maintain mason bee houses at many community gardens. This year, we have partnered with three service agencies to build tub gardens or raised beds at six shelters/villages/apartments for our houseless neighbors.
When you donate you help gardens grow across the city. Thank you for your support.
” Friends support for our community garden helps us renew our basic needs, like hoses and common area fruit trees. They provide managers and gardeners alike the tools we most need.” [Garden Co-Manager, Beach Community Garden]
" This project is not only therapeutic for our folks- it also gives them something to care for and to call their own, we are so grateful for our garden! It gives our folks a chance to get to know each other and the staff." [Staff member, Market Street Shelter]
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We advocate for readily accessible community gardens throughout the city and through community-based partnerships. The Community Gardens Program consists of 58 gardens, with over 2,500 plots. About 30% of gardeners are foreign-born or live as part of communities of color. Many of the newer gardens are in outer east Portland and serve a population disproportionately higher in communities of color and other historically underserved groups. Through our support for Produce for People and garden opportunities for shelters and villages, we help our Portland neighbors enjoy fresh food and our houseless neighbors share in the benefits and joys of gardening. As Portland's community garden program grows across the city, we provide financial support for each garden so that gardeners have the support they need to grow food for their families. We celebrate the Hunger organizations in Give!Guide and invite you to join us all in helping everyone enjoy fresh food.
Donations of $25 will receive our membership coupons for discounts from local garden supply companies and a FPCG bumper sticker.
Donations of $45 receive the same benefits as above and a family membership to FPCG.
Donors of $300 or more will receive a Mason Bee house and optional training and working sessions to keep a healthy Mason Bee population.