Story by Abby Warren
In partnership with Portland Community Gardens and Portland Public Schools, Grant High School Students have succeeded in siting both a community garden and a learning garden at their school.
With the goal of increasing sustainability in inner Northeast Portland, students applied for and were awarded a $50,000 grant from State Farm that has made this project possible.
Construction has already started on the school's garden and Laura Niemi, community gardens program coordinator for the city, hopes to break ground on the community garden this April. This 5-year-old dream will hopefully come to full fruition by the time school gets out this summer.
The school's sustainable agriculture class and the community garden leadership class will use raised beds in the school garden for experimentation and research. The community garden will offer 30 new garden plots to the surrounding area, moving us closer to reaching our goal of 1,000 new garden plots by the end of 2012.
Registration is not yet open for this garden. To receive an email alert when registration is pending please email Laura.Niemi@portlandoregon.gov.
Read more from Larry Bingham in the Oregonian.