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BPS seeks proposals for food production on City of Portland Property

RFP coverThe City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) seeks proposals from individuals, groups or organizations for the agricultural use of a 27,878 square foot (.64 acre) vacant property in S.E. Portland.  The property is owned by the City of Portland and managed by BPS to provide a community benefit.

The project goals for the property include:

  • Food Production: Through the growing of annual vegetable crops or perennial fruit and nut trees.
  • Compatibility: For the project to complement the neighborhood character and incur minimal impact to the surrounding residents.
  • Timeliness: For the project to be carried out as expeditiously as possible and to commence by the end of 2016, if not before.
  • Community Benefit and Equity: For the project to align with the objective to reduce the consumption of carbon-intensive foods and support a community-based food system. (See page 100 of the City’s 2015 Climate Action Plan for more details.)

The applicant selected through this RFP will enter into a long-term lease agreement with the City of Portland for a fee of $1.

Download a copy of the RFP as a PDF file.


Responses to Submitted Questions

June 15, 2016 

Q: Will any selection criteria or lease terms pose a disadvantage to individuals with limited English proficiency?

A: No.

Q: Can applicants receive outside assistance in submitting their RFP?

A: Yes.

Q: Can bees be kept on the site?

A: Yes.

June 14, 2016

Q: How long is the long-term lease?

A: The term of the lease is totally open-ended and will reflect the needs of the lessee and use of the site. The City prefers a long-term use that is sustainable over decades or even longer in the case of perennial crops. Historically, annual crops have been grown on the Sherrett site under a lease term of seven years with renewal options. The City is currently leasing a property for the creation of an orchard and the lease term is for ten years with two options for 10-year renewals.

June 16, 2016

Q: Can the site can be used for a non-profit program?

A: Anyone is eligible to apply including individuals, non-profit organizations, or for-profit groups. 

For further information, contact Steve Cohen, 503-823-4225 or

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