May flowers

As we go into this lovely first May weekend, I bet most of us have green on the brain. Here are a few of the lovely scenes in the Foster Powell Community Garden right now. These images come courtesy of a great work party that happened last Saturday. Thanks to all of our volunteers that day, we got so much done. I’ve lost my list of volunteers but I remember about 8 people. I’ll revise this post if I find their names. The next work parties will be at the end of May. We’ll be preparing for the neighborhood garden tour which happens on June 20th this year so we’ll be finishing off some building projects as well as the usual weeding. Join us for some volunteer garden work and good-neighborly fun on Friday, May 29th and/or Saturday May 30th from 10-2pm.

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a blurry shot of our first apple

 

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a plot for growing food donations, thanks to neighbors Matt, Vicki, 7-Dees for the contents

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look who’s home in the mason bee house! Thanks Jessica, for the bees and the knowledge!

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Plant Sale and Fundraiser: that’s a wrap, now back to work!

The plant sale fundraiser and raffle was a success! We raised $361 for garden projects! It was a beautiful day and lots of neighbors strolled through, picked out plants, and sipped coffee donated by the Spritely Bean. At the end of the day, young neighbor, Adrianna reached into the raffle box and pulled out the winners: Neighbor Sarah was on hand to receive the ceramic platter. Congratulations to Sarah, and to Erica who won the Lucky Larder class gift certificate, to Katy who won $20 in gift certificates at the Spritely Bean, to Emily who won the Meadowlark Medicinals gift basket and, finally, to Shannon who won the use of garden bed #1 in the community garden for a year! Welcome Shannon!

It’s already the last weekend of the month so we will be working in the garden from 10-2 this Friday (today) and Saturday, please volunteer some of your time to weed, plant, help build and more.

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SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!

The annual Foster Powell Community Garden raffle and plant sale fundraiser is this Sunday, April 19th from 9-3.

We will have some excellent raffle prizes (tickets are $1 each):

  • One years use of Bed #1 in the community garden
  • A ceramic platter made so locally you can see the artist’s reflection over your shoulder as you look at it!
  • Gift certificates for our newest coffee shop, the Spritely Bean (also providing donated coffee refreshment at the sale because they are just that nice)
  • A gift certificate from The Lucky Larder at the Portland Mercado (good for admission to an introductory canning or fermentation class). You can check out The Lucky Larder FB page or website, luckylarder.com.

And don’t forget the PLANTS! It’s like a plant yard sale. Many neighbors have contributes starts, bulbs, trees and bushes. I understand some of our plants even came from Hillsboro (thanks for the love, Hillperson Carol!) If you’re in the mood to support your community garden, we are in the mood to make a deal and send you home with the plant of your dreams!

Got something to donate but didn’t make it in to the drop off? Aw, ok. Just bring it tomorrow, we don’t mind. Thrifty shoppers might consider an early and a late day trip to see what has shown up later…

I won’t really know until tomorrow but I expect there could be some baked goods and trinkets for sale, there will be neighborhood info available, sidewalk chalk for drawing on the cistern and who know what else…

Come! Walk around and look at the garden, hang out and chat with neighbors, admire the community meeting area, head home with good stuff!

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Some important stuff…

I have two things to talk about today so I hope you will read both parts of this email.

exchange-flyer-finalFirstly, I want to remind you of the Annual Spring Plant Sale and Raffle Fundraiser. It happens in the Foster Powell Community Garden this coming weekend! If you want to donate plants to the sale (starts or divisions from your yard, a bush you don’t want anymore…) please bring them on Saturday between 9 and 3pm. The sale and raffle will take place on Sunday April 19th from 9-3. We have a garden bed in the community garden and a ceramic platter to raffle but we are still open to tax deductible donations of raffle prizes and refreshments from any area businesses who might want to show their support. Looking forward to seeing you then for family fun, plant scores and support for the garden.

Secondly, the Foster Powell Neighborhood Association needs you.                  The Foster Powell Community Garden is a project of the Foster Powell Neighborhood Association. I started attending meetings about 4 years ago after being invited to be a host on the garden tour, another of the FPNA’s projects. I have served officially as board secretary for the past two years. These past years of neighborhood service, my first as a homeowner, have been enlightening. This time has changed my life. I have met so many people, received their encouragement and had opportunities to understand what makes a neighborhood tick. I, like many of the board members of the FPNA, have found myself deeply engaged in the neighborhood by choice (perhaps over-engaged for my own part). We love our neighborhood but we are due for change. That is where you come in…

In addition to the community garden and the garden tour, the FPNA organizes the National Night Out Celebration, the Neighborhood Clean Up, the Foster Window Project (the Phoenix Pharmacy Mural), and the Movie in the Park you have enjoyed for the past few years (though not this year, as we did not have a volunteer to lead the event). At our monthly meeting we discuss an agenda of transportation issues (one board member has diligently served for 13 years on the Foster Streetscape committee), communications, crime and safety, local events. We have the answers to the questions that are posed daily on Next Door and Facebook groups and we do it face to face, as neighbors should. We are the access point between neighbors and the governmental agencies and what we say matters. Isn’t that just a little exciting?

Our neighborhood association board is turning over. Those who have served well need a break and it is time for us to be replaced. Perhaps you have just moved to the neighborhood, just retired, looking for a way to be involved…we need you. Perhaps you are studying government or city planning and would like some hands on experience for your resume…we need you. Perhaps you are starting a family and intend to stay in Fo-Po. You are going to want to be sure the neighborhood is safe and healthy…we need you. The time commitment of each position is small and the more hands we have, the lighter the work will be. We need four of our board positions filled at all times. There is a chance we might not make that requirement and the neighborhood association will have to disband. Our voice in local government will no longer be heard.

This is your neighborhood, whether you rent an apartment or own a home or business. You have noticed that the area is changing for the better, surely. How do you thing that happens? It’s us…it’s you. If you have an interest in becoming a board member of the Foster Powell Neighborhood Association (or just attending the meetings without obligation), please join us at Foster Burger tonight, Monday, April 13th at 6:30 pm for our general meeting. If you can’t attend tonight, please contact the current co chair, Li Alligood at lialligood@gmail.com or Tracy Gratto tracymgratto@gmail.com or myself, Vicki Wilson at 62ndgarden@gmail.com

Board Positions coming open soon:

  • Chair (open in May)
  • Co-Chair (open now)
  • Secretary (open in May)
  • Treasurer (open in May)

Thank you so much for your time, we look forward to seeing you soon.

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All of our beds have been assigned!

Please check back with us, join the mailing list, like our facebook page and watch for our “plots available” banner to fly again when the rest of our beds are ready. Join us for events this Spring, Summer and Fall:

  • Spring and Summer Work Parties: Work party times are based on the availability of John and Vicki (we could expand this if others are willing to take the lead). This Spring and Summer we intend to hold work parties from 10-2pm on the last Friday and Saturday of each month (March-September). Anyone can come out and help. You don’t need to be a plot holder or even live in the neighborhood to help us beautify this little corner of Portland. March 27th and 28th, 10-2 Work Parties: It’s time to get a jump on the weeds, spread some mulch and, most importantly, Garrett need help raising the covered meeting area roof. We need some strong bodies for this task!
  •  April 19th, 9-3 Spring Plant Sale/Raffle/Fundraiser: We will be holding our annual Plant Sale and Fundraiser on the 3rd Sunday in April (April 19th) from 9-3pm at the garden. We rely on neighbors to bring us their extra divided plants and starts the day before so please start thinking about what you can donate and drop it off on Saturday April 18th between 9-3pm. We usually sell everything for $1 minimum donation per plant (unless they are super tiny or gigantic plants)
  • The 7th Annual Foster-Powell Garden Tour is Saturday, June 20th from 10-2pm. If you are in the neighborhood, please come to a neighborhood association meeting to find out how you can help and participate. Foster Powell Neighborhood Association Meetings are the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm. They are held at Foster Burger.
  • The Foster-Powell Community Garden hosts an annual Fall Fest on the Saturday before Halloween (October 24th) from 4-8pm

Thanks to everyone for your interest and support of the garden.

 

 

 

 

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The time has come…

Hi Garden lovers, Happy Sprin-ter!

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(I see the typo on the banner, darn it, it has been fixed!)

Plot rentals-beds are available now! The first 9 beds are available to rent. There is a rental agreement/liability waiver to sign and the fee is $25 and 10 hours of volunteer service to the garden per year. The fees will help us maintain the garden and equipment once we stop getting grants. We’ll take inquiries until we have 9 agreements in place. I have no idea how long that will be this is a brand new thing! Here is the FPCG_rules_signatures and the FPCG_liability_waiver (fashioned after the Brooklyn Community Garden which is also an ODOT owned parcel). Please indicate if you would like to be considered for a scholarship bed (there is no fee but there is a 15 hour volunteer service per year commitment).

We need the support of new committee members: Is anyone out there interested in joining the committee for the community garden? We need more people who would be reliable/available a few hours a month to lead a work party, help plan a fundraising event or oversee a project. Bi-lingual or multi-lingual would be a real benefit! We meet occasionally. Please email immediately if you would like to join the committee: 62ndgarden@gmail.com

Spring and Summer Work Parties: Work party times are based on the availability of John and Vicki (we could expand this if others are willing to take the lead). This Spring and Summer we intend to hold work parties from 10-2pm on the last Friday and Saturday of each month (March-September). Anyone can come out and help. You don’t need to be a plot holder or even live in the neighborhood to help us beautify this little corner of Portland.

March 27th and 28th, 10-2 Work Parties: It’s time to get a jump on the weeds, spread some mulch and, most importantly, Garrett need help raising the covered meeting area roof. We need some strong bodies for this task!

 April 19th, 9-3 Spring Plant Sale/Raffle/Fundraiser: We will be holding our annual Plant Sale and Fundraiser on the 3rd Sunday in April (April 19th) from 9-3pm. We rely on neighbors to bring us their extra divided plants and starts the day before so please start thinking about what you can donate and drop it off on Saturday April 18th between 9-3pm. We usually sell everything for $1 minimum donation per plant (unless they are super tiny or gigantic plants)

What’s the plan for Spring? The Foster Powell Community Garden has been awarded $2500 fro SE Uplift’s Neighborhood Small Grants Program. It’s almost enough to complete the garden if we spend it wisely. A couple good fundraisers should do the trick.

The new grant includes some deadlines and neighborhood involvement strategies that we will need to address such as:

  • Finishing the building of the community meeting area by the April Fundraiser/Plant Sale
  • We need to have at least one scholarship bed (for someone who can’t pay $25 a year but can do a little extra volunteer work) and one community food plot (that can be tended by all and donated regularly). We have purchased a small upright flower stand on wheels that we can lock outside of the gate to put extra produce on. It needs a bit of refurbishing…
  • We are aiming for mid-late summer completion of the entire garden layout of 20 beds, two cisterns with rain gardens and a covered meeting area! The beds we build this summer will be available in March 2016, once we have collected enough water to support them.

The Foster Powell Garden Tour and your Neighborhood Association: The Foster Powell Neighborhood Association, the people who bring you this community garden project, also put on an annual garden tour. It’s a lot of work and the tour grows and shrinks each year depending on how much help there is to organize it. If you would like to help out with the tour this year, please send an email to 62ndgarden@gmail.com and I’ll pass the information along. The Foster Powell Neighborhood Association meets on the second Monday of each month, from 6:30-8pm at Foster Burger. Anyone can come. You don’t have to own a house! Also, people always say that the meetings are interesting and not what they expected from a neighborhood association meeting. This is an active and helpful group, not a bunch of whiners, and the FPNA has the answers to the questions I always see on NextDoor. What’s up with the Foster Streetscape? What’s up with that house being built on my street? What’s going on with crime?

To recap some important dates:

  • The first 9 garden beds are now available to rent. Rental is $25 and 10 hours of volunteer service to the garden per year.
  • Work parties will be from 10-2 the last Friday and Saturday of each month starting on March 27th and 28th (through September).
  • The annual plant sale and fundraiser will be Sunday, April 19th from 9-3pm. Bring us some plants to sell and then attend the sale for some great deals!
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Bulb busters

No, it’s a good thing! If you came down to help plant spring bulbs this afternoon, you were too late! What I thought would take all day, the planting of 700 spring bulbs and 200 Garlic bulbs, was achieved through teamwork in two short hours. Big squishy day-after-Christmas kisses to the bulb busting team of Jim, Glenna (my awesome in-laws visiting from Bend), John (who always gets genius points), neighbors Jim, Patty, Pat and Daniel. Thanks, also, to Margaret from Woodstock and Glynis from North Portland who were just a few minutes too late but it was still lovely to see them. We also have a confirmed 1200 gallons of water in the cistern! Just imagine those Spring blooms popping up all over the place…followed by Spring, Summer and Fall native bushes and flowers, various perennials and wildflowers. It’s going to be a bug and bird paradise.

February is the time for bed allocation. You know you want one, so stay tuned!

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