ROSE Community Gardening
ROSE CDC’s Community Gardening Initiative has given seniors, families, and individuals the opportunity to live healthier lives through gardening. The ROSE Resident Assets Program engages and empowers residents to share skills, work together, cook together, engage youth, and build community as they practice healthy lifestyle habits in the garden.
When ROSE started this initiative in 2011, one percent of ROSE residents had the opportunity to garden on-site. Since then, ROSE began strategically re-purposing space at various properties to build community gardens. In 2014, ROSE worked with the Portland Rotary Club to implement an innovative ADA-accessible community garden at Lents Village, using a design that captures the water run-off under the garden bed. Because of these coordinated efforts, two thirds of ROSE residents are now given the opportunity to manage their own garden plot. The Community Gardening Initiative has done more than build gardens; it has created unique connections between neighbors who share skills and knowledge, share food, build community, and educate their children.
Partners and Funders:
Thanks to the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District for making gardens at Greenview, Bellrose, Country Squire, and Firland possible and to the Portland Development Commission’s Community Livability Grant Program for supporting the Lents Village Rain Bed gardens. Additional thanks to the following partners for their ongoing support!
- Portland Rotary Club
- Portland Youth Builders
- Portland State University Learning Gardens Lab
- Hardy Plant Society of Oregon
- His Bakery
- Mt. Scott Fuel Co
- McFarlane’s Bark
- Portland Nursery
- Territorial Seeds
- Adaptive Seeds
- Ball Horticultural Company
- And … all the community volunteers that gave their time to help out!
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