by Allen Field
Commissioner Nick Fish, Parks & Recreation staff, Portland Parks Foundation, Friends of Portland Community Gardens, community gardeners, and neighbors officially opened the new Mt. Tabor Community Garden (Se 60th & Lincoln) on April 20.
This is the 47th garden in the City’s community garden program, featuring 85 plots, 4 Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible raised beds, and a large plot for Franklin High School’s gardening program.
Commissioner Fish said the garden will be part of the Produce for People program, where community gardeners grow and donate produce for individuals and families in need and that the garden is the first to have a Good Neighbor Agreement with surrounding neighbors. The Mt. Tabor garden will donate produce to Raphael House, a local domestic violence agency.
Allen Field, Chair of the Friends of Portland Community Gardens, welcomed the opening as the culmination of 8 years of fundraising by the Friends organization, thanking Anne Storrs for her fundraising efforts early in the process, and Laurelhurst Whole Foods for donating to the Friends organization for the Mt. Tabor Garden through its 5% Day program
Recognition was given to Ames True Temper tool company who donated a wish-list of tools to the Friends organization. The Friends donated them to the new garden, and to two other new community gardens: Helensview and NE 72nd Ave. Community Gardens.
Laura Niemi, Community Gardens Program Coordinator, said “We received an unprecedented level of interest in plots for the Mt Tabor Community Garden. It is clear the neighborhood wants a community garden and we are happy to be able to add this feature to Mt. Tabor Park.”
The demand for community garden plots is so high that the new garden already has a 240 person waiting list.