Growing Gardens


Growing Gardens uses the experience of growing food in schools, backyards and correctional facilities to cultivate healthy, equitable communities.

Bottom Line for Portland

In 2016, Growing Gardens taught more than 3,800 elementary students, totaling more than 38,000 garden-based learning hours; reduced its Lettuce Grow graduate recidivism rate to 5 percent; and distributed more than 8,000 plant starts and seed packets to 168 low-income families.

“Every morning at school there is a garden-club student who walks with the educational assistant to the garden to eat a piece of kale. It’s how she starts her morning off in a positive way, and it gets her set for class.” —Youth Grow participant

Business Partner

G!G donors of $50+ will receive 10 percent off at Green Zebra Grocery, a free tea drink from the Jasmine Pearl Tea Co., and a complete tasting for two at Bull Run Distillery. Donors of $100+ will receive a complete tasting for two, 50 ml of whiskey and a tasting glass from Bull Run Distillery

How far does a $10 donation go with your organization?

$10 provides an Oregon correctional facility with 10 plant starts to increase inmates’ access to fresh produce.

How far does a $50 donation go with your organization?

$50 provides 10 low-income families with seeds, compost and workshops to help them become lifelong food producers, thereby increasing their family food security.

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