West Portland United Methodist Church
Monday, September 24, 2018
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Community Garden



West Portland United Methodist Church (WPUMC) Community Garden Mission Statement: Our mission is to help fight hunger through the "Produce for People Program" and support for WPUMC members and the local community.
The West Portland Community Garden (WPCG) Program consists of "Community" and "Produce for People" plots. This program is unique, because it allows you to have your own plot of land already with the necessary tilling, watering, and fencing needed to reap your first harvest. From working alongside your neighbors to donating home-grown produce to "Neighborhood House," become part of our gardening community. A single plot is approximately 200 square feet.  A maximum of two "Community Plots" for personal use may be requested.  "Produce for People" plots are free; however, everything that is grown should be donated to the Neighborhood House Food Pantry.

West Portland Community Garden (WPCG) is an Organic Garden:  "Organic Gardening is the science and art of gardening by incorporating the entire landscape design and environment to improve and maximize the garden soil's health, structure, and texture as well as maximize the production and health of developing plants without using synthetic commercial fertilizers, pesticides, or fungicides."
We encourage everyone to utilize organic gardening techniques.  You can produce your own fresh produce using organic fertilizers and growing methods and the result will be vegetables and fruit that are produced without potentially harmful chemicals.
"Produce for People"/ Direct Donation to Neighborhood House Food Pantry (3400 BK SW Moss St.): The mission of Neighborhood House is to bring neighbors together to reduce hunger and homelessness and educate both young and old. They strengthen community by providing resources to support self-reliance, economic independence and dignity in people of all ages and backgrounds.  Many people are beginning to see the benefits of adding fresh organic foods to their diet.  Clients of the Neighborhood House Emergency Food Pantry enjoy fresh produce, but are usually limited due to costs of fresh items.  Providing fresh fruits and vegetables to families in need is something Neighborhood House began to focus on in the form of seeking out new partners willing to provide these items.  Through our "Produce for People Program," WPCG is helping to meet the growing need.
Even if you do not volunteer for a "Produce for People" plot, we encourage all participants to "Grow a Row", donate, and transport and extra produce to the Neighborhood House Food Pantry.

Growing Season: The garden is available from mid May through mid October.
What to Grow: Vegetables, herbs, flowers, and small fruit plants for home consumption and donation are appropriate.  It is not acceptable to allow produce to go to waste.   No large structures or large collection of non-plant items are allowed.
Parking: Is available.

Friends of WPCG: Funds to cover the operational costs of the Community Garden are only partially covered by plot donations.  Donations allow us to provide "Produce for People Plots" for free. If you are interested in becoming a "WPCG Friend" please send your donation to West Portland United Methodist Church (4729 SW Taylors Ferry Rd., Portland, OR., 97219) and designate that it is for the "West Portland Community Garden."  You may also make a donation in the name of a "loved one" as a memorial.
WPCG Update:
Our gardening season is coming to an end.  It closes on October 14, 2018.  The weather, and our gardening expertise, have made the West Portland Community Garden a showcase garden and help fight hunger through our "Produce for People" donations.  Through 2017,  over 3,100 pounds of produce was donated to the Neighborhood House Food Pantry.  2018 YTD donations 2,151.5 pounds of produce.  Our total from 2012 - 207 is 21,995 pounds.  Thanks to all the gardeners we have made the WPCG a great success.  On Monday October 15, 2018 we will start removing and composting all green waste.  Then a winter cover crop will be planted.  The compost will be returned to the garden next spring. 
We will start taking "Plot Requests" for the 2019 season in January 2019.  If you are interested in joining our gardening  family, in January 2019, please download the "2019 Plot Request" word document, complete, and attach it in an e-mail to wmbennington@msn.com.