Growing Gardens uses the experience of growing food in schools, backyards, and correctional facilities to cultivate healthy and equitable communities.
Bottom Line for Portland
Donating to Growing Gardens is a direct way to support food access equity in Portland and across Oregon through multiple food justice programs. Our Lettuce Grow program participants grew over 350,000 pounds of produce in their own correctional facilities in 2020 that went directly into facility cafeterias; the Youth Grow program developed and distributed over 5,300 hands-on educational kits for at-home garden and culinary learning over the 2020-2021 school year; our Home Gardens team has distributed more than 14,000 plant starts to program participants this year; and the Development and Home Gardens teams have invested over $60,000 into the local food system to support local BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and/or women-owned farms and restaurants, BIPOC chefs, and more. Our work is both wide and deep in pursuit of a more equitable food system, and we are excited to show you what we can do in 2022 with your support.
“Garden class is our favorite! Every time the kids hear you are coming to our live sessions the entire class erupts into cheering.” – Teacher at partner school
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We are passionate about rooting all of our programs and partnerships in the pursuit of anti-racism, which for us includes continuously identifying ways to hold ourselves and our partners accountable to principles of anti-oppression. We hold recurring Racial Equity meetings where we discuss and track initiatives to further weave anti-racism into all aspects of our work, plus every member of the staff and board is required to attend a multi-day training on unlearning racism with the People’s Institute, and we have written anti-racist guidelines into grant proposals and community partnership agreements. We are grateful for the resources we have had to not only help us deepen our understanding of oppressive systems, but to also learn all the ways we can continue to grow.
The first 10 donors age 35 and under who donate $100 or more will receive a Portland Foodie basket including: a $50 gift certificate from Sesame Collective (which can be used at any of their restaurants or online), a jar of artisanal sambal spice paste from Sibeiho, and 10 vegetable seed packets from us!
The first 15 people to become a Perennial (monthly) donor at any level will receive a personalized Virtual Garden Consultation session from the Growing Gardens team (sign up directly on the Growing Gardens website and write Give Guide in the comment section; minimum monthly donation is $5).
Every donation of $250 or more will be entered to win one of two baskets of a multi-course, gourmet dinner for two in our Chef In Your Garden 2022 dinner series. In addition, the first 25 people to donate $250 or more will receive a $20 Classic Foods gift card.
The first 10 people to donate $500 or more will receive a $50 Classic Foods gift card and will be entered to win one of two baskets of a multi-course, gourmet dinner for two in our Chef In Your Garden 2022 dinner series
On Giving Tuesday, Harbourton Foundation will match up to $2,500 in donations.
Notes: Limit one incentive per donation (except for donation match). Incentives can only be delivered within Portland city limits, and pickup from Growing Gardens office is preferred.
Harbourton Foundation is an equity-focused philanthropic foundation that has been supporting the work of Growing Gardens for years, and is a dedicated partner and collaborator in our community.
New Seasons Market has been an enthusiastic supporter of Growing Gardens, providing us with sponsorships for events, produce for cooking kits for students, and hands-on help with building garden beds as well as strategies for increased impact with our work.
Classic Foods is a specialty foods distributor and retail outlet, and we are grateful for their generous contribution to our Give!Guide campaign!
Sesame Collective is a restaurant group whose locations include Mediterranean Exploration Company and Shalom Y'all, and they have been multi-faceted, consistent supporters of our work.
Sibeiho is a Singaporean prepared foods and lifestyle company specializing in spicy sambals and beautiful Singaporean recipes, and we have loved partnering with them throughout 2021.