1. What is the mission of the Grant Garden Project and Community Garden Leadership Class?
To establish two sustainable gardens that support sustainable living and offers communal garden space for Grant High School students, neighborhood residents and the community at large.
2. How can the community and interested volunteers be involved?
As a primarily student-led group, we appreciate assistance from experienced volunteers–particularly regarding construction and architectural planning. These opportunities are sporadic but very important. Please contact us if you are interested or willing to help us in this project.
Regarding plot assignments, once the Community Garden is established, Portland Community Gardens will facilitate the dispersal of the garden plots to interested individuals. If you are interested in gardening in the Grant Community Garden, please contact Community Garden Program Coordinator Laura Niemi at email@example.com to be added to the garden interest list. Once we set a date to open the wait list, she will notify you. Garden plots are assigned on a first come, first served basis from the date the wait list opens. Date TBA.
3. What are the differences between the two gardens?
The smaller plot closer to the school is a Learning Garden, which is an educational space that will be designated for student use in Grant High School classes, curriculum and cafeteria.
While the Community Garden will be in close proximity to the Learning Garden, the Community Garden will be utilized by community members and managed by PPS and Portland Community Gardens. It is a separate entity from Grant High School in every way but location.
4. Where will the Community Garden be?
On NE 36th Ave, in front of Grant High School. It will be on the left side of the front lawn closest to Hollyrood School and the parking lot.
5. What is the expected timeline?
We hope to break ground on the Community Garden this March, with a grand opening in May. More details to come.
The school’s Learning Garden is progressing at a slightly faster rate, but it will roughly be completed around the same time as the Community Garden.
6. Did we remove the tree?
No we did not. Our plans had always included keeping the tree in place. However, a large tree limb fell during a windstorm over a holiday this November, making it unstable and unsafe. Portland Public School’s Facilities & Asset Management stepped in and made a judgement call to remove the tree entirely separately from the Grant Gardens Project.
For more information, please see our post on the subject:
7. How can you contact us with further questions?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attend our Town Hall meeting at Grant High School on February 16th, 6 P.M.