Our organic community gardens produces tasty fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs for our food pantry. Recipients eat more fresh produce when they know it was harvested just steps away. Its consumption helps maintain health and combat obesity.
NW 18th and Irving
Our first community garden on the grounds of First Immanuel Lutheran Church started in 2011. Its bounty adds freshness and nutrition to our pantry and home delivered food boxes.
White Shield Center
We founded the White Shield Garden in 2012 to teach self-sufficiency, use available land to grow food, model a healthy pastime, and emphasize good nutrition. Surplus produce will go to our food pantry.
The garden is supported by grants from Metro and the West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. The funding was used to buy supplies to build an edible garden of raised beds where residents of the Salvation Army White Shield Center can learn the joy of gardening and tools for self-sufficiency. They enhance their own nutrition while modeling a wholesome pastime for their small children. White Shield provides residential treatment, counseling, parenting education and youth development services for teen girls who are pregnant or parenting an infant or toddler. It also provides secure residential treatment linked to therapeutic foster care for adolescent girls and an independent living program for youth.
We couldn’t have done it without the impressive volunteer enthusiasm of De la Salle North Catholic High School, Liberty Mutual, the Portland Fruit Tree Project, Congregation Beth Israel and Deloitte. We enjoy working with all of you!