Growing Gardens uses the experience of growing food in schools, backyards and correctional facilities to cultivate healthy and equitable communities.

Growing Gardens is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, started in 1996 in Portland, Oregon. We currently run programming across the state of Oregon and are providing professional training and community organizing on a national level.  

Over the last 24 years we have developed specialized programs that utilize the powerful human experience of growing food to improve diets and health outcomes, bring science education to life, and create meaningful pathways to employment. We hope you will join us on the path to make transformative changes towards a more just and equitable society.


Home Gardens

This program provides resources and support for individuals & families to grow their own garden at home.

Youth Grow

This program educates and empowers youth to make healthy food choices and serve as stewardesses in their communities.

Lettuce Grow

This program works directly with incarcerated individuals in prisons to cultivate new skills and build a healthier community on the inside.

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1st year gardener

“I liked that I was eating food grown by me for me. It did help me save money on food. I also got to meet some new neighbors and had more contact with the neighbors that I know. Also, the bed makes my front yard look much better.”

3rd year gardener

“My son loves to eat everything we grow. If it came from our garden he’ll eat it. He loves the way it looks and how it feels to see the plants and eat the food. He also enjoys all the critters who live in the garden…bees, ladybugs, frogs. Sometimes he helps with the weeding and planting of seeds and starts.”



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