Growing Gardens uses the experience of growing food in schools, backyards, and correctional facilities to cultivate healthy and equitable communities. Find out more about the work we are doing and the events we have planned for 2022 on our website: http://www.growing-gardens.org/ and on our instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growinggardenspdx/?hl=en
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.