The Dirty Boogie!

It’s really happening, neighbors, and it’s all thanks to you! The festivities began last week with a truckload of chips from Asplundh (thanks again Aaron), and continued on Thursday when Mt. Scott Fuel delivered 20 yards of 4 way soil. Friday morning came early when Johnson Creek Rentals delivered the “Dingo”. What have we been doing for the last year without one of these? Thanks so much to these contributors.

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I’m afraid I can’t name a MVP for this round of work parties, there were too many! Patty was constant as the sun, weeding the place clean. The very knowledgeable Nicole from Dennis’ 7 Dees put her back into it, first up on the Dingo and we had a lunchtime visit from Powell 7 Dees Manager, Dave. Garrett has been at it behind the scenes. He showed up fresh from the Rebuilding Center with a new donation of wood which he will be using to construct the community meeting area (which he has beautifully designed). Another thanks is due to Independent Welding Supply for lending a truck for the wood delivery. Here is the whole family: Garrett, Andrea and lil’ Lealand and a sneak preview (rough sketch) of the new meeting area.

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Our volunteers are different every time and we are always thrilled to meet new neighbors and see old friends come back. This time we were excited to have lots of weeding help from Cascadia BHC. A big Friday shout out to Sarah, Ricki, Petr, Kevin, Robale, Skyler, and Christmas. Thanks also to Sheena, Daniel, Keely, Elliot, Asher, Josh and John.

Saturday saw some old projects (almost) wrapped up and new projects started. Thanks to Ken and super-dog Apollo for donating some choice wood pieces and a whole bunch of really useful hardware for the meeting area. The Saturday crew of Patty, John, Andy, Daniel, Skyler, Dakota, Jamyelese, Al and Mari really made a dent. We have a new block pathway, our native plant retaining wall is nearly done and another one is almost ready to hold a rain garden behind the cistern (which will be arriving in the next few weeks).

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Of course, like I always say, there is more work to be done. Save the date for the September work parties: Friday 9-12 and Saturday 9-14, 10-2. We will have a cistern to hook up, there may be an opportunity to help construct the meeting area. Also, The Phix will be on site doing back to school haircutting-more details to come. On Sunday 9-15, celebrate the fruits of labor over at the Powell Blvd. Dennis’s 7 Dees with a tomato tasting! I’ll see you there.

Another date to save: 1st Annual FoPo Fall Festival in the community garden-OCTOBER 25th (it will always be held the Saturday before Halloween). We’ll have food, music, costume contest, pumpkin carving. This event, along with the Dennis’ 7 Dees craft bazaar in November will raise funds to complete the garden! (Are you sensing a pattern of support here?) We can do this by next Spring with your help!

Still with me? I know this is a long post but I’ve saved the best for last. The answer to the single most asked question at the FPCG: WHEN AND HOW CAN I GET A BED? The short answer is January/February 2015 and by keeping an eye on the website and email. Here is why: This garden is to be sustained by rainwater collected in cisterns. The beds are ready but we don’t have water to support our 10 beds until we have had a chance to collect water for a winter. We’ll get the next 10 beds up as soon as we get a cistern to support them. In January, we will make a request form and guidelines available on this website and to our mailing list and Facebook and we will accept the first 10 completed requests. The beds will have a $25 per year rental fee and a 10 hour a year volunteer commitment to the garden. We will have beds available with no rental fee, if requested, and volunteer work can be labor or administrative depending on each gardener’s abilities.

That is all for now. Be sure to thank all of the local businesses and neighbors who have been supporting this project. We could not do this without you, them, our grant from EMSWCD, the Foster Powell Neighborhood Association, SE Uplift and generous donations from our anonymous supporters and the “Willow and Tigger” Fund.

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Make your place!

Hi folks! It’s that time again! Our monthly volunteer opportunities at the community garden are here: Friday August 8th and Saturday August 9th, 10-2.
We are sorry if they don’t fit your schedules but we are open to groups planning their own workdays, too!

This month we have 20 yards of soil coming to fill the 9 new beds we made last month! The cistern is on it’s way but will not arrive in time for this month’s work. There is, as always, tons of weeding to do and we have concrete for working on the retaining wall, too.

The next opportunities to lend a hand are: Friday, September 12th and Saturday, September 13th 10-2. There may be some special back to school hair cutting action going on by The Phix and some volunteer appreciation by Midpoint Cafe, so I guess you’ll have to stay tuned for that.

Please come out and help make this place for everyone. We look forward to lots of old and new faces.


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August 8th and 9th work parties

Save a little time next Friday and/or Saturday to help out at the Foster Powell Community Garden. We have so much to do so we can really use your help! Even an hour would go far to help beautify your neighborhood.

Friday, August 8th 10-2 and Saturday, August 9th 10-2.

We will have 20 yards of 4 way soil to fill the beds (Mt. Scott Fuel is donating more than 1/2 of this!), we have a growing wood chip pile courtesy of Aaron at Asplund (many thanks), and our first cistern, courtesy of our EMSWCD SPACE grant, should be rolling in just in time for these work parties, too!

We could also use a volunteer to go in some morning soon and give the dry plants a drink. It usually takes me about 2 hours to take water buckets around to everything but I dill-dally. Just email me if you’d like to water:

Hope to see you soon!


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Celebrating 40 with 10

A big round of applause to all of the volunteers who turned out for this months garden work parties: December, Mariah, Rey, Nick, Patty, Steve, Rachel, Alex, Kelly, Alex R., Linda, Meg, Eric, Garrett-and a special thanks to Sarah for bringing us cookies! I’m going to go ahead and name Patty and Steve our garden VIP’s this week since they came both full days and were integral to the work that got accomplished.

Some of these improvements come to you courtesy of our “angel donors” who responded to the recent Oregonian article! We couldn’t have done it without you and there is more to come! We also couldn’t have done it without my amazing husband John who has been preparing the donated wood short ends of the beds for the past several weeks in anticipation of the big PARR lumber order. Thanks is also due to PARR Lumber for a very generous discount and delivery. We now have 10 of the 20 planned raised beds built!

The weeding and mulching were a breath of fresh air for me, personally, on those very hot days. I always worry that what we are doing has not improved the appearance of the lot. Keeping the weeds down is extremely important!

There is still weeding to do in the flower beds. More wood chips will be arriving next week and we expect to install the first  cistern at next month’s work parties courtesy of a SPACE grant from East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD). We also expect to have dirt for the 10 beds. Wouldn’t it be fun if you were there on that momentous occasion?

Perhaps you had wanted to come to the work parties this month but it was just too hot. There’s always the August and September work parties. The details are on the Events Page and we would love to see you. Also, you’ll want to start paying close attention to the website, Facebook and email as we will soon have plots available for rent. We expect the fee to be very reasonable: $20 a year + 10 hours of general garden upkeep per year. I suggest following the website, liking the Facebook page and joining our email list to be sure the sign up doesn’t escape your notice. 

This week I celebrated my 40th birthday. I celebrated with a community garden that has sprouted legs, generous people who care and close friends that I love. I regret nothing, and a Sunday afternoon thunderstorm with fat raindrops was the icing on the cake.

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Top 4 pics: Bed installation

Bottom left: Alex plays cupid with an arrow we found in the grass

Bottom right: shed organization

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Another incentive…

The Foster Powell Community Garden has just been awarded a SPACE grant from East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD). We have enough funds right now to see more than half of the garden plan finished this year if we have enough strong bodies to do the work!

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Get your volunteer on, July 11th and 12th, 10-2!

I hope everyone is having a lovely 4th of July weekend.


Hopefully you’ve noticed some of the changes around the FPCG lately. Flowers of all kinds are blooming, bees are buzzing, a raised bed of tomatoes is “bean-stalking” its way to the sky. In the evening new solar lights outline the fence, as does the floral artwork of the neighborhoods finest artists. There has been some cleaning, weeding and planting. Wood keeps disappearing from the lot and reappearing as raised bed ends! Some mulch has been spread and pumpkins are getting ready to spill out of a temporary bed. Keep an eye on them as they grow, you can purchase them in the Fall at our Harvest Festival…

What? You didn’t notice all that? That’s because there is still a ton of work to be done!
I don’t want to twist anyone’s arm here but we really do need your help! We have big projects on the burner for July 11th and 12th and many hands make light work. Also, my 40th birthday is this weekend and help in the garden is the present I most desire!
Kids are welcome (if supervised on our busy street corner), an hour of your time makes a huge difference to us and this garden is for everyone who experiences it, whether or not you wind up growing your own veg here. This place stands as a statement of our neighborhood and of the power of community and that is the best reason to give up a little bit of your weekend to help.
Here are some of the fine plans we have for July:

  • Weed and lay mulch over the flower/natives slope (this has been started but only about 1/4 of it is done). Bring your own weeding tool and gloves if you have them, or use what we have. Also, the sidewalk area always needs weeding and it can be done at any time.
  • Assemble 10 raised beds!(John has been hard at work assembling the ends to make this go quickly. Thanks to our Oregonian inspired angel donors, we have funds to build 1/2 of our beds and purchase our first cistern this Fall. Bring a cordless screwdriver if you can help with assembly!
  • Spread mulch over the asphalt around the pumpkin patch.
  • Continue work on the masonry walls and walkways (we still need lots of broken concrete for this).
  • Shed cleaning and organizing
  • Plastic chair cleaning and painting.

Looking forward to spending time with all my neighborhood heroes this coming weekend, Vicki


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Let me start with the Garden Tour. This coming Saturday, June 21st is the 7th Annual Foster Powell Garden Tour. Please come visit the community garden as part of this 18 yard event.

Next, some retroactive thank you’s. In May we had a work party with Americorp volunteers from Franklin High School. Thank you so much to Peter, Patrick, Megan and Karen. The weeds were flying!


We also had a dirt donation from one of our Garden Tour hosts (Much thanks to the Garden of Earthly Delights). Their delightful dirt, along with those pesky pulled weeds has become our pumpkin patch, some pumpkin plants courtesy of A-Boy (thanks!). Watch it grow all summer and come for a harvest celebration in the Fall. I don’t want to count chics before they hatch but we should have some lovely jack-o-lantern types in white and orange for sale in October and proceeds will benefit the garden.


Speaking of chics, have you met the neighbors? I don’t mean Allyson, Andy or Frank. I mean the ladies:


Then we had more work parties! Friday was a John party. He filled the pumpkin patch with dirt and we got those pumpkins in. Saturday was a big neighborly family affair, though. The very vision of the garden was in full force. While Daniel and Dan pulled weeds, Andy went after the blackberries. John cut boards for beds down at the studio and the kids helped me paint the picket fence. More flower still to come. What a lovely day! Image

And now for some big news. Thanks to that incredible, stirring article in the Oregonian, the garden has received donations: $1700 from Willow & Tigger and $1000 from Elizabeth. Thank you so much to these generous garden lovers. I hope you will know how much this neighborhood appreciates this. We are still up for one more grant from the EMSWCD for a cistern, (more news to come soon) and Dennis’ 7 Dees will be donating a portion of their Fall Bazaar proceeds as a fundraiser, too. Midpoint Cafe is also planning to celebrate the garden with a volunteer appreciation celebration this summer! What does this mean? VOLUNTEERS! We need you more than ever because this vision is becoming a reality! What good is wood or dirt or plants if there aren’t enough people to build beds or put dirt and plants in them? This is a call for people! Now that we have some funds to get some work done, you-the neighbors who will love and cherish this place for years, are what we need most to succeed. An hour of your time, even once, will make a difference here!

The summer schedule is: 6-21 Garden Tour, 7-11, 7-12, 8-8, 8-9, 9-12 and 9-13

Remember, you can form your own work party with your friends or co-workers. Contact Vicki at to find out how!


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