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Growing a City Hall Garden

Sunday, April 18

City Hall’s Better Together Garden bustled on a usually somnambulant Sunday as thermometers passed seventy for the first time this year and garden enthusiasts gathered for a short ceremony commemorating the 700 square foot edible plot’s first anniversary. Doesn’t seem like 50 weeks since we tore out the lawn, but the calendar says otherwise. We counted.  

Better Together Garden   signJen Aron

Robert Bradley and some of the crew from Elm Court Loaves and Fishes were on hand to personally peruse the produce planned for their plates. Daniel Baca’s ( new garden sign was admired by all and Dave Barmon’s installation is holding it upright…so far. 

Many hands were crucial towards establishing the Garden’s roots and we’re grateful to all the businesses who generously donated their time and resources. Unfortunately, OSU Master Gardener, Jen Aron, couldn’t be at the celebration to accept our accolades for all her work over the past year.

Thanks to gardening gurus from Portland Community Garden program, Growing Gardens, OSU Master Gardeners, Portland Fruit Tree Project, and Oregon Tilth for their snazzy gardening lit, free seeds and edible edifying that pulled passer-bys off the street and set a welcoming tone for the rededication.

Check out the great video from our friends at Cooking Up a Story ( Here’s to another year of a flourishing Better Together garden at City Hall!

By Cooking Up a Story