First Annual LGL Farm to Fork Dinner

From Learning Gardens Lab:

SAVE THE DATE!
Please join us for the Learning Gardens Laboratory first annual Farm to Fork Dinner!

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 6:00-9:00PM  at Learning Gardens Laboratory (6801 SE 60th Ave, Portland, OR 97206)

The evening includes:

  • A guided, edible tour through the garden
  • A multi-course meal prepared by PSU Eats Executive Chef Matt Steele
  • Each dish includes freshly grown produce from LGL, along with wine and beer pairings
  • Live entertainment
  • Storytelling by PSU students

All proceeds raised at the Farm to Fork fundraiser will support programming and development of the Learning Gardens Laboratory, including innovative garden-based education projects with Lane Middle School and Portland State University Capstone students. The mission of Learning Gardens Laboratory is to support academic achievement, leadership development, and local sustainable food systems by providing multicultural, interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and experiential garden-based education for public school students and their families, university students, and community members.  Please join us in celebrating the bounty of summer at this special event!

A vegan/gluten-free dinner option will be provided.

Portland summer casual party attire and garden-friendly footwear are encouraged.

Reserved sponsorship tables available, please contact Brittnee Gilbert.

Admission: $75 per person. Limited tickets are available, so please reserve your tickets now: Purchase Tickets

 

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Work Party and Plant Sale Reminder

A friendly reminder that our work party AND plant sale are happening next weekend, on Saturday, May 12th, from 10am-1pm.
Our work party projects for next weekend are:
  • Setting up drip-irrigation system
  • Installing a new sink at the water shed
  • Creating a bamboo fencing around the children’s play area
  • Pulling weeds
  • Cover cropping
Please remember to bring clothing appropriate for working outside (and sunscreen!), as well as a water bottle and snack.
The plant sale is cash only, and we recommend you bring a bag to carry plants home in. Can’t make it to this plant sale? Don’t worry! We have added another plant sale to celebrate our final work party of the season, taking place on Saturday, June 2nd, from 10am-1pm.

Learning Garden Labs Harvest Festival 2017

It’s that time of year for the Annual Harvest Festival at the Learning Gardens Lab. Bring the whole family for a celebration of autumn with us 🍁🍃🎃! They will also be hosting a donation drive for Puerto Rico.

Check out the farm stand, pumpkin patch and get a garden tour from their wonderful staff and volunteer members!  There will be kids activities and crafts such as posie making and pumpkin painting. Rain or shine they will be out there! Don’t forget to stop by the BDNA table and say, “Hi!”

Download, print, and share their poster here!

Neighborhood Assessment and Action Plan Completion and Report!

From the GPS Consulting, PSU MURP Workshop Team:

Through the Master of Urban of Regional Planning (MURP) program at Portland State University (PSU), we have the pleasure of completing a practical and applied planning process with a client and community in a short 6 month timeline. Luckily, a group of six MURPs, took the opportunity to work with you, Brentwood-Darlington and the City of Portland to complete a Neighborhood Assessment and Action Plan. We first would like to say thank you. Brentwood-Darlington is an amazing community with motivated individuals that influence positive change everyday. It has been a true pleasure meeting all of you, building important relationships, and working together to develop this plan. We could not have done it with you.

Based on the project proposal and initial conversations we had with Marty Stockton, Southeast District Liaison for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), we identified that increasing livability and stability for BD residents was the city’s primary goal. Additionally, the city wanted to better understand the most pressing challenges BD faces. In our first conversations with residents, you asked us how to strengthen neighborhood identity and engage diverse voices in the neighborhood. As well as, you wanted to build off of current momentum and understand how to be more effective advocates in addressing your infrastructure challenges.

From neighborhood walks to multi-cultural focus groups, we learned a great deal of information from the people in your community. The most overwhelming thing we heard from you was infrastructure deficiencies and sidewalk concerns. We learned about your amazing and successful grassroots organizing history from interviews with neighbors that have been in BD for over 50 years. Our neighborhood survey told us that many of your moved to the neighborhood for its affordability and the opportunity to buy a home.

All of these interactions with people within Brentwood-Darlington framed our conversations with technical and academic advisors, professional mentors, non-profit organizations and many more. These conversations outlined what all is possible for the neighborhood via collaborations with constituents around the city.

The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Assessment and Action Plan is meant to inform the City of your most pressing challenges and priorities for the future. We hope this project and our final plan serves as a guide and a touchstone; a reminder of where the neighborhood has been, and an arrow pointing the way to the community’s shared vision of the future.

Here are a short list of recommendations vetted by us and other planning experts, but that were inspired by all of you:

  • Maintain affordable homes like mobile home parks with the “right of first refusal”
  • Purchase naturally occurring affordable multi-family properties
  • Transform the property on the NE corner of 72nd and Flavel into a mixed-use development
  • Add a N/S route along 72nd Avenue that would link Brentwood-Darlington to Mt Scott Community
  • Center and the Foster/Powell neighborhood
  • Re-route the #19 bus that goes downtown over the Tilikum Bridge to cut down on commute time downtown
  • Make Cooper a “play street”
  • Designating SE 52nd as a neighborhood corridor
  • Seek rezoning some of the current R2.5 residential zoning south of Flavel Street
  • Bring back the community policing program
  • BDNA to connect with existing organizations, like the Vietnamese Community of Oregon or the Latino Network, which hosts a Latino Parent Group that meets monthly at Lane
  • Apply for an AmeriCorps to fund a paid position for the BDNA
  • Celebrate your successes with neighborhood placards in places like Harney Park and the Community Center

We invite you to celebrate with us, ask us your questions and discuss how the neighborhood can take action and move forward with positive change at our Neighborhood Celebration on June 25th at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center. There will be an ice cream sundae bar, cake, yard games, and more! We hope to see you there to celebrate what an awesome community you have and one that we enjoyed to work with ever so dearly.

View the documents on Google Drive and see all the amazing work that these PSU students have put into our neighborhood!

BD Assessment and Action Plan – Combined Document (with appendices)
BD Assessment and Action Plan (stand alone)
Appendix A Planning Context Neighborhood Assets
Appendix B Community Engagement Report 
Appendix C Resource library

Did something strike a chord?  Join us for our next meeting on July 6th at 7:00PM at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center or contact us today!

Open Spaces Survey Ending Soon!

You may have noticed some fairly frequent posts about a mapping survey on the Brentwood-Darlington Facebook pages.  A group of PSU Students taking a Public Participation GIS course this term at PSU are focusing their efforts toward open spaces and youth programming in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.  This short, fun, interactive survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete.  Click here to take the survey!