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Over 1000 People Wait for Garden Plots in Portland

Location of Community Gardens in Portland, Oregon.

Demand grows for community gardens in Portland

By KGW Staff, Portland, Oregon
September 24, 2008

If you’re trying to get a plot in the city’s community gardens — get ready for a long wait. More than 1,000 people are waiting and there are only 1,200 plots available citywide.

The only expansion planned is 22 new plots in Southeast Portland. Volunteers say it’s not nearly enough to cope with record demand.

The 31 community gardens sprung-up as Portland grew more dense. And there’s little turnover. In the last year, the waiting list has grown by more than 400-people.

Gardeners say it’s is a much cheaper way to eat right. Gardeners like Steve Knudsen also donate to local food banks, providing thousands of pounds of fresh veggies.

“I get more food out of this garden than I know what to do with … we’re trying to do our part of help them out,” he said.

Despite all the good, the city says there’s no money in the budget to pay for additional plots. It could be years before the waiting list is cleared.

The garden tenders are looking for private sponsors and corporate partners to help pay for additional plots. They hope to hold a citywide brainstorming session at the beginning of November.

See video of Portland community gardens accompanying article here.

See the City of Portland’s community garden web site run by the City. Included in the program: City Fruit Program 2008; Produce for People Program 2008; classes such as Winterizing the Garden Class.

1 comment

1 maggiesue { 09.29.08 at 2:25 pm }

I thought that 1,200 was a lot of people, so I called the City of Seattle to find out what the #’s were like here.
Turns out there are currently more than 1,400 folks on the waiting list for Seattle P-patch plots.