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By Erica Martin, chair of the Helensview Community Garden Steering Committee

Get out with your neighbors and Portland Community Gardens at Helensview Community Garden located at Helensview High School at 87th & Emerson Streets. Join your neighbors and future gardeners for a few hours of playing in the dirt as we help get Helensview Community Garden underway by spreading bark chips on the walkways.

Join us for two upcoming Garden Work days:

  • Saturday, October 20th from 10 AM – 12 noon
  • Saturday, November 3rd from 9:30 AM – 12 noon

Please dress for the weather, bring your garden/work gloves and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. It’s also a good idea to bring your own water bottle. See you there!

Steering committee and construction crew

Caption: Portland Parks construction guys, with Helensview Garden steering committee members Laura, Erica, Mary and Kris on 6 Sept 2012.

SAVE THE DATE FOR A “GARDEN PARTY”: Saturday, March 9th, 2013

As part of the Community Garden Initiative (1,000 new plots!) and due to strong community support, the Helensview Community Garden is planned to open and welcome gardeners, this coming spring. The Sumner Neighborhood, along with Community Partners, will help to celebrate the opening of the Helensview Community Garden! More information to come, so keep a look out!

Helensview Community Garden will have approx. 16 20’x20′ garden plots. Plots are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Once all the plots are assigned, a waiting list for this garden will be started. The plot sizes are 10’x20’ and cost $43 per year or 10’x10’ and cost $21 per year. Raised beds are available for those with physical limitations. Scholarship assistance is also available.

Sumner neighborhood residents, you are encouraged to reserve your garden plot now at the Portland Community Gardens website. Complete the online form and you will be automatically added to the list! You will not be charged your rental fee until you claim your plot at our March 9, 2013, opening event.

In addition to renting a plot, there are many other ways to be involved in the community garden program:
• Help organize and build new gardens
• Assist in seasonal garden maintenance and end of year clean-up
• Grow and donate produce to area food banks through our Produce for People Program

For more information, contact Laura Niemi, Community Garden Coordinator at 503-823-1612 or Laura.Niemi@portlandoregon.gov

These two photos, taken this weekend, show the progress by PP&R since breaking ground on Oct 1. Both photos are roughly the same angle & area as the photo above. Water meter, pipe & five spigots installed, bark chip trail carved and filled. This is for real!

Helensview Garden construction, Oct 2012: Sod removed from the garden footprint

Helensview Garden construction, Oct 2012: Rocky soil and water pipes

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