What is the Partner Gardens program?
Growing Gardens’ Partner Gardens Program is a three-year partnership with organizations interested in starting community gardens or garden programs at their facilities. We work with your stakeholders (residents, staff, clients, etc) to determine the needs of the community, the goals of the garden, and provide guidance, coaching, and instruction to create and sustain a vibrant garden program. Depending on the project this may look like: facilitating stakeholder meetings, creating a garden design, volunteer recruitment and training, garden construction, seasonal classes, providing tools and supplies, and collaborative fundraising. Our goal is to help each organization integrate the garden effectively into the mission and culture of the organization to ensure its long term success after the completion of the partnership.
Typical elements of the Partner Garden program:
- • An initial consult to discuss program needs and fit
- • Facilitation of planning sessions with community stakeholders
- • Creating an initial project budget
- • Grant writing and collaborative fundraising
- • Garden Installation
- • Garden consultation and classes
- • Seeds, plant starts, tools, Garden Manual
- • Letters of support for on-going fundraising
How to Apply
Our Partner Garden program is open to organizations in the Portland area that serve low-income communities and communities of color.
Before applying, please read the Partner Garden Info sheet:
Fillable pdf application
Read the program info sheet and and determine whether your project is a good fit for the scope and goals of Growing Gardens’ Partner Gardens program.
Fill out the application including signatures of key individuals. Send electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or print and mail a hard copy to:
3114 SE 50th Ave
Portland, OR 97206
Once we receive your application a staff member will reach out to schedule a phone conversation or site visit.
Meet to discuss project possibilities, budget and fundraising options, site feasibility, community engagement, and next steps to start your garden program!