The Portland Farm and Garden Educators Network (PFGEN) is an informal network of educators, teachers, volunteers, parents, non-profit staff and others who use gardens and farms to teach children about the environment, food systems, nutrition, science and other topics.
PFGEN has an active Googlegroup listserve for sharing relevant local resources such as grant opportunities, trainings, job posts, volunteer opportunities, donated materials, etc. You can join the group and also search past messages in the forum: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pfgen
We have periodic gatherings where we can meet in person, exchange ideas and help further our collective efforts. The next meet up will take place April 12th, 2019 from 4:30-6:30 (come for any or all of it) at People’s Co-op
3029 SE 21st Avenue, Portland, OR 97202. Please RSVP here.
We also have an active Facebook group. Feel free to share pictures from your school gardens, ask questions or point others to local resources.
At the last PFGEN gathering, we collected our favorite resources, such as curriculum, toolkits and links. Feel free to add resources to this spreadsheet
In 2016, Growing Gardens undertook a regional School Garden Assessment, with support from East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, which gave us a panorama of school gardens in our region. Please see the full report here.