Learning Gardens Lab Earth Day Festival

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Sunday, April 23rd, 11:00AM-2:00PM at Learning Garden Labs.

Join the Learning Garden Labs for a FREE fun, family-friendly event!  Live music, free food, garden tours, kids activities, raffle prizes, a plant sale, and more!  Your very own BDNA will be tabling at this event.  Last year’s Earth Day Festival was a ton of fun.  Don’t miss out this year!  Interested in having a table?  Contact Chanel by email.

Plant Propagation Class

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The Master Gardeners at the Demonstration Garden are announcing a new class on Plant Propagation open to both Master Gardeners and the public held on Saturday, April 1st, 9:00AM-12:30PM, and repeated on Saturday, April 15that the same time. The class will be held at Greenhouse #5 (southern-most) at the Learning Gardens Lab.

This class is “hands on”. You’ll learn about, and try your hand at cuttings, layering, division, suckering, offsets, grapes, fruit tree grafting, and even seeds! The classes will be limited to 24 students and will divide into four groups to visit four stations on different topics.  To register, send an email with the subject, “Propagation Class”.  You will receive an email response letting you know are accepted and specifying any things you should bring with you. You will also receive a response if the classes are full.  We look forward to seeing you in class. We will be gardening, so expect to get your hands dirty!

Learning Gardens Lab and Farm Stand

One of the greatest aspects of community pride is the ability to feed itself. What separates Brentwood-Darlington from other communities is that people really enjoy gardening their land. If you ever drive, bike, or walk through, you might notice that many properties may have smaller houses but they have larger plots of land. Many of those plots have been made into beautiful gardens. When you think about it, it’s not surprising since many of these plots were once part of large orchards.  This historically good soil has fostered many thriving plants…but what may not be apparent from just walking by is that the people of Brentwood-Darlington are starting to from a serious urban farming community. Lots of trades, bartering, and kindness of heart has resulted in some extremely fruitful partnerships – literally!

One of those amazing partnerships is the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Farm Stand.

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BDNA partnered with Learning Gardens Lab to create a way for fresh organic produce to be available for sale to our residents. All of the produce available has been grown on-site at the Learning Gardens Lab and is made available for sale weekly from the months of June through October.

We invite you to stop on by and enjoy the bountiful harvest!

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The Farm Stand is held every Wednesday during the summer from 3:30PM-6:30pm at 6801 SE 60th Ave.

Harvest Festival at Learning Gardens Lab

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The Fall Harvest Festival at the Learning Gardens Laboratory (LGL) is an opportunity for Lane Middle School students, families, and the local neighborhood to celebrate a seasonal abundance of locally-grown food, and 10 years of productive partnerships at LGL. Everyone is welcome and admission is FREE! The Harvest Festival will include games, garden related activities, garden tours, food, a raffle, a cider press, and special guests from PSU, the city of Portland, and Portland Public Schools. The Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood farm stand will also be open at LGL during the festival, where organic produce grown on site will be available for the community.

Join us Wednesday Oct 21, 2015 from 3:30-5:30 at 6801 SE 60th Ave.

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The Learning Garden Laboratory is a garden education program that is located at the 12 acre Green Thumb site in Southeast Portland in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. The mission of the Learning Gardens Lab is to support academic achievement, leadership development, and a local sustainable food system by providing garden-based education for public school students and their families, university students, and community members. Established in 2005, LGL exists as a unique partnership between Portland State University, Portland Public Schools, The City of Portland’s Parks and Recreation, and Oregon State University Extension Service. We aim to cultivate a sustainable future through garden-based education.

For more information about LGL click here or contact Kimberly Kovac, PSU Faculty Coordinator of the Learning Gardens Laboratory.