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Join Commissioner Nick Fish and students at Vestal Elementary School in celebrating the opening of Portland's 33rd Community Garden on Friday, March 12

Join Commissioner Nick Fish and students at Vestal Elementary School in celebrating the opening of Portland’s 33rd Community Garden on Friday, March 12

What: The opening celebration of Vestal School Community Garden

When: Friday, March 12, 2010

Time: 9:45 a.m. – Opening ceremony and presentation, children’s activities, garden tours

Location: 161 NE 82nd, the west side of Vestal School

Program Schedule:

9:40 a.m. – Mrs. Byrne’s 5th graders welcome guests with recorder performance

9:45 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. – Celebratory Dedication of Vestal Community Garden

Commissioner Nick Fish

Zari Santner

Vestal Principal Susan Foxman

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Vestal students create circle around garden and sing song; students tie flowers to garden fence; plant native plants in the new garden, etc.

10:45 a.m. – Plot registration


Portland Parks & Recreation’s 33rd community garden, Vestal Community Garden, will officially open Friday, March 12. The new community garden is a partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Public Schools, and Friends of Community Gardens.

Vestal’s project has turned a former parking lot in outer East Portland into a vibrant community garden and connects the culturally diverse Vestal Elementary School student body with residents of the Montavilla neighborhood. The garden will offer both shared garden plots for the community and an educational garden used by the school.

The new educational garden will give Vestal schoolchildren the chance to learn the fundamentals of organic gardening, nutrition, and food preparation, as well as the experience of growing, harvesting, and eating their own food.

Portland Community Gardens

The Community Garden program has provided gardening opportunities for the physical and social benefit of the people and neighborhoods of Portland since 1975. There are now 33 community gardens located throughout the city, developed and operated by volunteers and Portland Parks & Recreation staff, offering a variety of activities.

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Beth Sorensen | Public Information Officer

Portland Parks & Recreation

503.823.5300 (office); 503.823.6634 (cell)

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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Nick Fish, Commissioner | Zari Santner, Director