Becky Grondin
Team Lead

Tualatin Community Garden
Hosted by Boones Ferry
Community Church

20500 SW Boones Ferry Road
Tualatin, OR 97062
(SE corner of SW Boones Ferry and Avery)

Providing gardening and educational opportunities for the neighborhoods of Tualatin
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He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate— bringing forth food from the earth:
Psalm 104:13-15


Memorial Rose Garden
Space Available
Information HERE

Planning Committee

Jim Young
Anne Young
Mitch Jansen
Jean Hillman
Laurie Green
Becky Grondin

The Dirty Dozen:
Your Guide to a Successful Community Garden

Tualatin Community Garden is a place for people to garden. Tualatin Community Garden (TCG) is sponsored and hosted by Boones Ferry Community Church as a non-profit, all volunteer group engaged in growing vegetables or flowers for their own personal use and to share with the community. Our hope is to actively engage youth, families and individuals from the community to develop creative skills in sustainable urban living and organic gardening.

In addition to maintaining a community garden, TCG hopes to provide ongoing education classes in gardening and food preservation and a children's gardening program. Anyone using a garden plot will be expected to keep the rules of the garden (which will be listed on the community garden contract) as well as volunteer their time to maintain their garden and the shared areas of the community garden. Water and tools will be available to each gardener with the fees for each plot going to cover the cost of supplying these.

It is our hope that Tualatin Community Garden will be a place to plant, harvest and grow together as a community.
Tualatin Community Garden News
Latest news at the top

Garden workday
Saturday, March 19, 2016– 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Calling all Tualatin Community Garden members. It’s that time of year when we need to get out and clean up those garden beds, walking areas, shed, and compost pile, plus put down new garden soil.
Please check out the March, 2016 Newsletter for more information.

Gardening 101 Class
Saturday April 2, 2016- 10:00 am

Plan now to attend our FREE basic gardening class, taught by Master Gardner Tim Lanfri. There will be lots of great gardening information, handouts and a question and answer time. Plus, at the end of the class we will have a drawing for some gardening supplies. There is no registration for this class. All are welcomed to attend, so invite your family and friends. See more details in the March 2016 Newsletter.


Potluck details and other great stuff in the July 2015 Newsletter

Community Garden Workday
Saturday, April 11, 2015 starting at 9:00 am

Soil and filler material for between the raised beds will be delivered for this Saturday workday. The soil is distributed on a first come basis.  We need to weed between the raised beds and get the whole area cleaned up and then new hog fuel will be spread between the raised beds.  Members of the community garden are expected to participate in these workdays.


Free Gardening Class
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

A free gardening class will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:00 am.  This class will be taught by master gardener, Tim Lanfri.  The first part of the class will be on gardening basics and the second part will be a question and answer format.  There is no registration for the class and anyone with an interest in gardening is welcome to attend.

Your garden can feed the poor!
Check out this new Tualatin organization

CLICK for more info

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

There is a free gardening class this Friday, April 11 at 7:00 pm sponsored by Tualatin Community Garden.  The class will be held at Boones Ferry Community Church on 20500 SW Boones Ferry Rd.  Tim Lanfri, Master Gardener, will be our teacher and will share a lot of information on basic gardening.  There will be handouts and slides on the subject matter.  The end of the class will have time for questions and answers and then there will a drawing for a bunch of gardening supplies.  No registration is required. 


Canning Class
Thursday, August 22, 2014 7:00 pm

Class will be held at Boones Ferry Community Church (in the basement). This class will focus on tomatoes. We will cover the basics of canning (both water bath and pressure canning) and then cover all the wonderful things you can do with tomatoes. There will be information and recipes on whole tomatoes, sauces, salsas, tomato soup, and drying tomatoes. Some of the class will be demonstration and some hands on.
The cost of the class is $10.00.

FREE gardening class
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 6:30 PM

FREE gardening class on Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30. It starts in the
garden with Tim Lanfri, our master gardener
teaching going over
specifics about gardening in raised beds. Then at about 7:00 or 7:15
we will move inside where he will finish the class with lots of great
information and handouts. The class is free and you do not need to be
a member of the community garden
to take advantage of the class.
Everyone is welcome.

All Hands Garden Work Day
April 6, 2013 9:00 AM

This Saturday our community garden workday starts at 9:00 am.  We have soil coming and I still haven't heard for sure about the hog fuel but most likely we will have a load of that delivered too.  There's lots of clean up work to be done in the garden, shed and compost pile.  So wear your old clothes, bring a pair of gloves and if you have a wheelbarrow and shovel that would be helpful too.  We'll have water and some snacks there.  I'm looking forward to meeting all the new gardeners.

See you Saturday.
Laurie Jarmer
Team Leader, Tualatin Community Garden

Canning Class
August 22, 2012 7-9pm

Tualatin Life article can be seen HERE.

All Hands Garden Work Day
April 21, 2012 9:30 - Noon

A community garden workday for Saturday, April 21 from 9:30 to noon with a lunch at noon for the team and all the gardeners.

Preserving the Harvest Canning Classes
Pickles - Aug. 9, 2011 6:30 pm
Tomatoes - Aug. 31, 2011 6:30 pm

Want to learn how to make pickles?  Want to learn what to do with the abundance of tomatoes from your garden?

Sign up to come to these classes for only $10 each..  Classes will be held at the Jarmer home, 20578 SW Colville Ct., Tualatin

June 8, 2011
Eagle Scout helps out the garden

Benches and picnic table were made by Boy Scout Steven Gilkey. He planned and coordinated the building of the picnic table and benches as part of his project to earn his Eagle Scout badge. Steven’s Boy Scout Troop 35, also assisted in this building project.

Kyle Schmadeke, owner of Pinpoint Construction, assisted in the construction as did Thom Tillema. The lumber was donated by Conrad Lumber Company in Sherwood and Clark’s True Value Hardware in Tualatin.

A great big THANK YOU to Steven and Troup 35, and to the generous businesses that provided materials and skill.

Photos by Wendy Wagner


June 6, 2011
Dates to Remember

· Saturday, June 25 at 10:00 – 12:30 – Laurie will
be teaching a hands-on food preservation class at
the Boones Ferry Community Church. Laurie will
teach us about preserving, making jams and
jellies, canning, and freezing berries. Everyone
will take home a jar of homemade jam. Class is
limited to 10 people. Cost is $10.

· Saturday, June 25 at 1:30 – 3:30 – Tim Lanfri, our
master gardener, will be at the garden to answer

· Wednesday, June 29th at 6:00 PM – Bring your
own food, blanket, chairs and have dinner with June
your fellow gardeners. If it’s raining the picnic
will be rescheduled.

· Friday, July 8 – The TCG will have a booth at the
Tualatin Farmer’s Market to share our story
about starting a community garden, get the word
out about the memorial rose garden, and meet
people in the community. Please stop by to visit
with us.

April 9, 2011
How to Expand a Community Garden in less than 2 Minutes
Video by Ben Jansen

April 9, 2011
How to Expand a Community Garden in More Than 2 Minutes
Photography by Al Stewart

See slide show HERE Work day slide show

March 29, 2011
Memorial Rose Garden is expanding too!   

We now have space available for more rose bushes. We will buy, plant and care for a memorial rose. We will also place a name plaque. Click HERE for details.

March 12, 2011
Garden Update from Laurie

Another exciting gardening year is about to begin at Tualatin Community Garden. The garden will be expanded to 50 raised beds this year. That is exciting!

Unfortunately if you are reading this and hoping to get a plot, they are all taken. Our waiting list was really long from last year so all the plots were taken before we could even get to the end of that list. If you want to be on the waiting list for 2012, be sure to click HERE and get put on that list.

There are other dreams and plans for the garden beyond just the expansion. The memorial rose garden is also being expanded. We hope to create another raised bed parallel to the current bed and put a stone courtyard between the two. The courtyard will be a special place with a couple benches to sit and have the time to enjoy the roses and those they are in memory of.

We will add another picnic table to the garden, a dry sink to use for cleaning your produce before it goes home with you, and inside the shed will be cubbie holes for each gardener to store their supplies.

It will be exciting to see the new growth and meet the new gardeners. We also have some other events planned for the growing season. Classes, times with a master gardener on site to help with your garden and get-togethers for those renting the garden plots.

We have an online newsletter that will go out to all the garden renters letting you know what's happening as well as gardening tips and sources so you can have the best planting year ever. Hopefully we will also not see any produce go to waste this year but be donated to organizations or individuals who can use what we grow. I'm very excited to see what might happen.

We are in need of additional funds for expansion. Our rental fees are very low and we want to keep them that way, but it doesn't come close to covering the cost of expanding the garden. If you can help with any amount of a donation, you can use the online donation button, or send your donation to the church at 20500 SW Boones Ferry Rd.,(mark it for Tualatin Community Garden).

Gardening Class
April 15, 2011 - Friday 7pm

The class will be held in the basement at Boones Ferry Community Church. It will be taught by Master Gardener, Tim Lanfri. The class will have lots of information on gardening and growing your own produce.

This class is both for beginners and those more experienced in gardening. At the end of the class will be a time for Q & A.

Registration for the class is encouraged, but not necessary. You can register online here. The class is on a donation basis with the money going to Community Garden Creators, a non-profit whose mission is to help develop community gardens in the metro area.

Garden Committee meeting
March 15, 2011 7pm

Work Day Scheduled
April 9, 2011
Details to follow.

Another Gardening Class scheduled!
April 15, 2011
Details to follow.

November 9, 2010
A note from our leader

I apologize to many of you for not replying to your inquiries about the community garden and your requests to be put on a waiting list

I want you to all know you are on a waiting list for a plot for next spring. The list is fairly long but I hope many of you (if not all) will be able to have a garden plot next spring. Our plans are to expand by 29 raised beds. This will bring our total to 50 raised bed plots.

Expansion will not happen until probably March but hopefully the plots will be ready for planting sometime in April. We are currently looking for donations to expand the garden. It costs about $60 - 80.00 per raised bed. Our rental fees will stay the same next year as they did this year - $25.00. Our rental year runs from January 1 through December 31. We have some gardeners who are trying out winter gardening and hopefully will have good success.

Our current renters will have first chance at reserving a plot for next year. They will need to reserve their spots by January 31. On February 1 we will start contacting those on the waiting list to see if they are still interested in gardening at the community garden. They will have until the end of February to reserve a plot.

The plots will be considered reserved when the rental fee and paperwork is turned in to the church. Please do not bring in your form or fee until you have been contacted that there is a plot available for you. On March 1, if there are still plots available they will be opened up to anyone in the community on a first come, first served basis. I know they will go quickly. Last year it took only 2 weeks for the plots to be rented.

We have more plans for the garden. We hope to expand the memorial rose garden and eventually have a stone or brick seating area between the two rose gardens. We also hope to bring a road or sidewalk into the garden from Avery Street and eventually have some beds that can accommodate those with disabilities.

There is also plans to establish a sharing garden that is used to teach children about gardens and support the community with the produce from the garden. This all takes a lot of funding so it will happen as the funds come in.

It's very exciting to see how well the community garden has done and the response of support from the community. Hopefully it will continue to grow and meet needs in lots of ways. We will also continue with other supporting areas connected to the garden such as the canning and gardening classes.

Right now our focus is on raising funds. If you want to support the community garden financially or know of a source of community support, please contact me. Because we are a non-profit, any donations are tax deductible

Thanks for contacting the community garden and feel free to ask questions, give suggestions, offer support, etc. I will try to keep up with communicating, though I have a daughter getting married right before Christmas so may not be as on top of things until after the 1st of the year.

Laurie Jarmer
Team Leader
Tualatin Community Garden

October 4, 2010

Gardener's Potluck Dinner

The community gardeners are getting together to celebrate the summer's harvest, this Saturday, October 9 at 6:00 at the church.

We will have dinner together, some fun together, give away a few items and have a meeting to evaluate and share plans for the future of the garden.

Those whose last names begin with A - G should bring a main dish and salad. Those whose last names begin with H - Z should bring a main dish and dessert.

We will provide beverages and table settings.

July 9, 2010

The Latest Pictures


June 27, 2010

Canning classes.

Learn the basics of home canning in two classes on Wednesday, July 21 and Wednesday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. The first class in July will cover the basics of water bath canning of high acid foods. The class in August will cover the basics of pressure canning low acid foods. Both of these classes are offered to the general public as part of Tualatin Community Garden.

Laurie Jarmer, team leader of the community garden, will teach both classes. Laurie first started canning in 1979 and in recent years preserves through canning much of the produce from her own garden.

Whether you grow your own fruit and vegetables, purchase them at local farmer's markets or from local farms, canning is a great way to know exactly what is being eaten by your family. Home canning eliminates from your diet the list of unknown, not to mention unreadable ingredients that are in many canned goods.

Many kinds of produce are not difficult to can and with these classes you will receive the knowledge to get back to more natural living and eating. Both classes are being supported by the Jarden Corporation which makes Ball canning products. Many products will be on hand at the classes and canning items will be given away. A $10.00 class fee will be collected at each class. Pre-registration can be done by telling us you are coming - click here!

May 5, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 10:00 a.m. The roses will be planted in the memorial garden and the markers designating who the rose is in memory of will also be placed.
Sunday, May 16 is our dedication of Tualatin Community Garden. If the weather permits, the dedication will take place in the garden at noon. If it's raining then the dedication will happen at the end of the church service. The church service starts at 10:30 and goes until about 11:45. Everyone is welcome to attend the service and dedication. Those who want to bring a blanket for the grass and lunch can stay after the dedication and have their lunch by the garden.
Saturday, June 12, 10:00 - 12:00 we will have a master gardener (or two) in the garden to give help and answer any gardening questions. This is open to anyone in the community who wants to stop by and chat about their garden.

April 10, 2010

PHOTO update
MANY more pictures HERE

More pictures HERE!

April 6, 2010

WORKDAY THIS SATURDAY! Our day to put most of the garden in place happens this Saturday (the 10th) starting at 9:30 a.m.

We have a lot of people coming to help and it will make for a fun, fast-paced day. A local builder will supervise the building of the raised beds and a couple other people on our team will make sure the garden gets built according to the plan.

There will be lots of shoveling and hauling work so if you can bring a wheelbarrow and shovel that will be helpful. Be sure to wear gloves. It looks like we are going to have a mostly sunny day! We will have coffee, tea, water and donuts at the site. Even if you can't do heavy work but just want to be a part of the day, come and hang out with us!

Friday, April 16 is our basic gardening class. So far we have about 18 people registered for the class. You don't want to miss this. Besides being very informative, we will be giving away lots of gardening items. Pre-registration is not required but helpful. You can register here at the web site. Coffee, tea, and bottled water will be available. The class is on a donation basis and the money collected will go to Community Garden Creators.

Our 2nd workday for the garden will be Saturday, April 17, starting at 9:30 a.m. We will be putting the final layer of soil in each raised bed. There may be other work that happens that day, but for those of you who have rented garden plots, after the soil is in place you can start planting. The beds will be assigned by number to each renter the week before. I will send out an email with the numbers. There will also be a map posted at the site so no one is confused as to their plot and numbers will be posted on each raised bed.

We hope to have everything else in place at the garden in the near future. The shed will be built soon and will have an overhang on one side. There will be a bulletin board on the shed which will have information posted about the garden and any communications that needs to be given. We will have hoses and nozzles/wands as well as watering cans, kneeling pads and hand tools available. Until the shed is built we probably will only have the hoses and nozzles there since there may be no where to store the tools.

Our memorial rose garden is also taking shape and will be built in the next weeks too. We have 6 of the 10 rose bushes and plaques already reserved but 4 are left. If you want to donate $100.00 to the garden in memory of a loved one and have a marker placed in the garden, contact us through this site. We will get the form to you so you can choose the color of rose and what you want the plaque to say.

This community garden is really taking shape!

March 29, 2010

All 21 garden plots are taken. If you were someone who wanted one and didn't get the contract in quick enough, please email us through this web site and put your name on a waiting list. There is the possibility of someone backing out of their plot or more plots being added. We would like to stay in contact so that those on a waiting list have first option of any available plots in the future.

March 28, 2010

Our rummage sale happened yesterday. It was a huge success. We had so many things to sell and most of it sold. Most things were under a dollar and I wondered how much a rummage sale could make with things priced so inexpensively but we made a good amount. I can now say with almost certainty, that the Tualatin Community Garden is fully funded. This comes from the rummage sale, donations from individuals and businesses and monetary support from Community Garden Creators. I am so thankful. Best of all we can now get to work creating a garden!

As of this time (Sunday) there are only 3 plots left. From now on if you are interested in having a plot, you must fill out the contract and bring it by Boones Ferry Community Church during office hours, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. That will avoid the confusion of getting too many in the mail and someone being disappointed.

We will take some names on a waiting list in the event that one of the renters backs out and also to contact for next year (we hope to expand).

Our next big event is the garden workday on Saturday, April 10 starting at 9:30 a.m. We will build beds, get the landscape fabric laid out, make the memorial garden, put a ground cover (bark or rock) on the walkways, put the sod back in the bottom of the beds and probably some other work.

We will not have the topsoil for the beds delivered until Saturday April 17. So the earliest our gardeners can work in their plots is after that Saturday, April 17.

The gardening class is coming up on Friday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. You don't want to miss this class. Donations are requested to cover the cost of the class and to support Community Garden Creators. Register here.


March 24, 2010

Four more contracts came in today, so as of now there are only 14 plots left. If you are thinking about having a plot at the garden this year, don't wait too much longer to sign up.

Our rummage sale is this Saturday. There is so much stuff!!! Lots of furniture, tools, tons of clothing, toys, house wares, way to much to mention. Some pictures of items will be posted on Craig's List but you better come by and see for yourself.

There are also a bunch of plants for sale -- get that start on your garden on Saturday.

Remember the sale is only Saturday from 9:00 until 4:00. If you have anything to donate, someone will be at the church all day Friday to receive your stuff.

Our work day is coming up fast. It is Saturday, April 10 and starts at 9:30 a.m. The raised beds will be built and put in place, the landscape fabric will be put on the pathways between the beds, the memorial garden will be built, the paths will be covered with either bark dust or rock and the dirt that was taken off the land will be placed in the bottom of each raised beds.

We have had several people look at the soil that is there and all have said that it is exceptionally good quality of soil. So we will not waste what is there but will use the sod (placed with the grass side down) on the bottom of the beds.

Then the following week the high quality soil will be brought in. That means that on Saturday, April 17 we will need at least part of a day to put the soil in each bed. So mark both days on your calendars if you can and come help. As soon as the soil is in place the raised beds can be planted.

Our first gardening class is Friday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. Even if you have gardened for years, you will not want to miss this class. I took it several weeks ago and felt like I went away with lots of new information. Register for the class on our web site. A donation is asked for to help support Community Garden Creators.

Lastly, we need used hoses and tools donated to the garden. We would prefer not to have new tools in case they 'walk off' during the season.

If you are planning on purchasing any new tools, donate your old ones to the garden (it would be a good excuse to buy a new hose or tool).

We hope to find an old laundry tub that can be used to rinse off the veggies and a used wheelbarrow. Please let us know if you have any of these that you're willing to donate to the garden.

This has been a very exciting venture -- most amazing is all the support and encouragement from the community. It truly is a community garden!


March 17, 2010

Mitch is really going at it! He dug this ditch by hand! Didn't somebody name a machine after him? A Ditch-Mitch I think.

March 16, 2010

After all the behind the scenes work we finally have something to show for it!

Many thanks, Mitch, for all you are doing. It's starting to look like a garden!

March 15, 2010

The rummage sale team met on Sunday over lunch (at Paradise Bakery & Café -- it was delicious) and went over plans for the sale. Lots of ideas but most importantly we need lots of things to sell.

If you know of someone you can talk to (neighbor, relative, etc) and they're willing to donate some things, we can even pick them up starting next week. Also tell everyone you know about the sale. We are putting up flyers all over town. I'm hopeful a good chunk of funds will be raised through the sale.

Mitch already has been working on the irrigation at the church for the garden. Mitch also delivered the 'landscape fabric' to the garden over the weekend. That is what that pile of black material is out by the garden.
I'm really excited how things just keep happening and coming together. I really feel God's blessing in this!
Hope you all have a good week.



March 10, 2010

H. D. Fowler, a manufacturer of irrigation equipment in the Portland area, has agreed to donate all the materials needed for the irrigation of the garden. That means we can tie in to the current water pipe and run pipe with hose bibs into the garden area. It's another business in our community being generous and supportive of the community garden -- so exciting to see!

A big thank you to Ken Rude who works for Cedar Landscape in Sherwood for arranging this donation and helping us figure out what we need for irrigation. Mitch will be working soon on getting the irrigation in to the garden.
We had another $50.00 donation to the garden fund this last weekend.

There have been several inquiries into reserving garden plots and I think all 21 will be taken quickly, especially once there is a garden to actually see on the property. If you are thinking of reserving a spot, don't wait too long. Sign up HERE!I anticipate we will expand the garden next year, depending on the response this year.

There will be an article in the next edition of Tualatin Life newspaper. I hope we can also get in the Tualatin Times. Maybe even get in some photos of our work day and the garden developing.

Our focus for these next few weeks is publicity about the garden and bringing in more donations so that it's fully funded. The raised beds is our next big ticket item that we're seeking donations of wood or money to purchase the wood. If you want to donate to the garden you can either drop it by the church or online through the donate button.

Our big fundraiser is the rummage sale on the last Saturday of March (March 27). Contact us if you have items to donate or want to help with the sale.


March 4, 2010
An Update from Laurie

We've had another team meeting for the planning committee of the community garden. Some updates: We are planning a day long workday on Saturday, April 10 (a lot of heavy rainfall will cancel that day and move it to the following Saturday). Start time will be 9:30 a.m. We will build raised beds, lay out the walkways with landscape fabric, cover the fabric with bark chips, put the raised beds in place and fill them with dirt. Jim Young will be in charge of building the beds. They will build them in the parking lot and carry them over to the garden.

There are plans in the works for a memorial garden to be located somewhere within the garden. This will be a rose garden with markers in memory of the loved ones of those who donate a fee (yet to be determined) to this memorial garden. Since I have personally experienced the loss of a granddaughter, I'm very excited to see this as part of our community garden. Luke will be in charge of developing the memorial garden.

Our rummage sale is Saturday, March 27 and is a fundraiser for the garden. We need everyone to bring in things to sell as well as people to help with the sale. The 3 or 4 days before we will start organizing and pricing items. A meeting just for the organization of this sale will happen soon. Anne, Wendy, Laurie (another Laurie) and myself will be heading up this area.

The banner is going up this week. Registration for a plot with the contract and liability forms are HERE. Anyone in the community may reserve a plot as long as they agree to the rules of the garden listed on the contract. The cost has been decided: $25.00 per plot, per season.

We went over the priority list and costs for the garden. We are actively soliciting funds from as many sources as possible. I will have a flyer available on Sunday, the 7th to give to anyone who wants to pass it out to businesses. The top four priorities are: raised bed materials, soil, landscape fabric and bark chips, and irrigations costs. If we have funding beyond those things we will try to build a shed, purchase compost bins and rain barrels, supply tools to the garden and some seating such as a picnic table and bench.

The first garden class is Friday, April 16 at 7:00 at the church. CLICH HERE for class information.

It's exciting to see things happen -- I can't wait to see the first veggie growing in our garden!


February 12, 2010
An Update from Laurie

Hi Team

The meeting with master gardener, Tim Lanfri was very informative and helpful to our community garden at BFCC. We walked around the property and looked at possible locations and then talked about our community garden and how his organization could assist us. His organization is a non-profit just for the purpose of assisting churches and other groups establishing community gardens. As things progress with our garden CGC has said they will help us with the cost of some of the materials.

Gardening Class!
Tim will also be teaching a Basic Gardening 101 Class on Friday, April 16, 7:00 p.m. at our church. This class will be about 1 1/2 hours long and will give time for Q & A at the end. The suggested donation for the class is $25.00 but no one will be turned away for inability to pay. I will also try to contact other community gardens in the area and invite them to be a part of this class as well as getting out other publicity to the community. More Info HERE!

It seems like using the top of the hill on the property as well as some of the slope way off to the left of the property (by the church house) was what seemed best. After our conversation, I think we should only be thinking of putting in raised beds for gardening -- no plots. This is simply for the reason that it will give a much greater chance of success to gardeners and we want to do everything possible to see the gardens succeed. According to Tim, the slope could be developed by knowing the amount of slope in a 4 foot wide span and then compensating with one side of a raised bed being deeper than the other side. He had not developed a slope site but thought it very possible. The top part of the hill that was directly behind the church seemed the most ideal site. The only issue with this site was the pressure of water at the top. So one of our next items to do is to find out about our water, the pressure, the size of the line, etc. Is someone willing to check into this (Luke or Mitch)? Tim suggested that we would want to run water to several different areas of the garden with places for gardeners to tie in a hose to. Could we ask Ken Rude about helping us with this?
Another step that I wish to take before the end of February, is to get out on the property with stakes and stake off raised bed sites and then see what we come up with -- how many, where they are located, etc. Who wants to do this with me either Tuesday this next week or the following week on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday?
Tim did not feel a fence was absolutely essential, and often made a garden look inaccessible to the public. With raised beds it helps control pets or people just running through them. After listening to his reasons, I would like to try and avoid the fence, until such a time as we may feel it essential. Tim also said we would build the beds right over the grass, placing some kind of newspaper or other like substance at the bottom of the raised bed which would serve as a weed barrier and decompose over time. He suggested beds that would be 4' x 12' as a standard and comfortable size. The area between beds is best covered with a woven landscape fabric that can be left bare or covered with some kind of wood chips.
Tim also will be holding classes at his home for those who have some garden knowledge but wish to develop better gardening techniques. He hopes to hold the first of these classes in April. He lives just off of Scholls Ferry Rd so it's almost in the neighborhood. I hope to attend one of his classes.
By the way, our community garden sign has been shipped and should arrive next week. Look for it to be up in a week or so (who can put it up?). That should give us a lot more hits to our web site. Another idea is to have a mailbox out by the sign with an information sheet.
That's it for now -- let's keep growing our plans and vision!

February 12, 2010

Want to start a community garden in YOUR neighborhood? Check out The Dirty Dozen: Your Guide to a Successful Community Garden by Becky Lovejoy

February 10, 2010
An Update from Laurie

Hi Team
I have a meeting set up with Tim Lanfri this Friday (the 12th) at 1:30 at the church. Hopefully Steve, and maybe a couple others will join me. He will look at our property and give his suggestions on placement of the garden as well as classes he could offer to our community and any other help he might be to our community garden. Let me know if you can join us for the meeting. [Just click the Contact Us button]

February 6, 2010
A note from Laurie Jarmer

Hi all
I wrote this week to the OSU extension service to see what help they might be to our community garden. I receive an email back the next day from a man who is a master gardener in Washington county and has started a non-profit group to help churches establish community gardens on their church property. I have responded back to his email with questions, but I feel like this might be a good source to utilize especially with some planning and also teaching classes to our group of gardeners. So that's exciting! The web site for this group is I will put a copy of the email from this group at the bottom of this email.
It looks like we also have a commitment of some if not all of the soil we will need for raised beds from Pro Grow. Thanks Anne for talking to Amy and working on that. As that becomes a real donation we will definitely want to have them acknowledged on our web site and maybe in some other way as a donor.
I'm still hoping that the well could be looked at and the potential for use assessed. I also have not contacted the city of Tualatin as of yet to see if there are any regulations we might run into -- will do that next week.
Lots of work still to be done but I'm so excited and encouraged by things. Praise God!

Weston Miller forwarded your contact information to me. I'm a Master
Gardener in Wash. Co. with an interest in vegetable gardening and
community gardens. I have recently, as of the first of the year,
formed a non-profit to create community gardens on church grounds. We
are Community Garden Creators and you can find out more about us on
our WEB site at To get some idea of what I like to do you can have a look at some
photos of my home garden here As part of fund raising for our non-profit I'm presenting a workshop,
Organic Vegetable Gardening 101, and suggesting a donation to the
non-profit for attending. Again you can find out more on our WEB
There are 4 scheduled this spring in Portland. I'm also available to
do the presentation to a group like yours and can tailor it to your
group's needs and interests. Again I would request a donation from
the attendees but no one will be turned away because of the inability
to donate. Our goal as an organization is to create gardens and grow
gardeners. Please feel free to contact me.Tim Lanfri


February 3, 2010

The Tualatin Community Garden project is now officially underway! It all began with Laurie Jarmer's vision of a way to share the church property with our neighbors.

The first planning meeting was held Jan 31, 2010 at the church immediately after the service. A bunch of people were there, no fights broke out, a consensus was easily reached and we felt this must be God's will. That has surely been confirmed because we have been given a sign!

Sorry about that, just couldn't resist a little church humor.

Anyway, there is lots of work to be done in the next few weeks and months because we hope to have the garden growing this spring. We plan to build some raised beds, run water pipes, and build a fence. We will be having a BIG work day. Date to be announced, but if you have a particular skill we need, please click the Contact Us button and let us know what you can do. Same thing for the rummage sale scheduled for March 27.

You do not have to attend Boones Ferry Community Church to have a garden plot or to participate in the planning or building of the garden. We WANT your involvement!

Do you own a local business? Would you consider donating product, service, or money? We'd be glad to put your logo on this web page!

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