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 some 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.
Community Garden News Latest news at the top
Garden Class – Maximizing Your Vegetable Garden Harvest Saturday April 8, 2017 – 9:00 am
Would you like to double or even triple your garden harvest this year? Then come learn how at a FREE gardening class taught by Master Gardner, Tim Lanfri. The class focuses on how to get the most out your garden space, no matter what the size. The class will be held at Boones Ferry Community Church, 20500 SW Boones Ferry Rd. in Tualatin and is open to the public. Feel free to invite your family and friends. No registration is required.
‘All Hands on Deck’ – or should we say ‘All Hands in the Dirt’. Saturday, April 8, 2017 10am – 1pm
This is a Tualatin Community Garden workday and will follow, immediately, after the garden class. Let’s dig in and get those garden beds ready for planting. We will weed, amend the soil, clean out the garden shed, fill in some bare spots with hog fuel, and best of all – get to know your gardening neighbors. Dress in your garden work clothes and don’t forget some work gloves (very important). We will have some garden utensils to share, but if you have your own, please bring them. An extra wheelbarrow or two, buckets, and some shovels would be most helpful. We will supply compost on a first come first serve basis and offer some free Non GMO – untreated seeds packets, which were made available thanks to the Winona Grange and Lake Valley Seed Company of Boulder, Colorado. We will have bottled water and snacks available, as well. Feel free to bring a sack lunch. See you there!
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.
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
FREE GARDENING CLASS
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.
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.
Team Leader, Tualatin Community Garden
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
Scout helps out the garden
and picnic table were made by Boy Scout
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.
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.
big THANK YOU to Steven and Troup 35,
and to the generous businesses that provided
materials and skill.
by Wendy Wagner
Dates to Remember
· Saturday, June 25 at 10:00 – 12:30–
be teaching a hands-on food preservation
the Boones Ferry Community Church. Laurie
teach us about preserving, making jams
jellies, canning, and freezing berries.
will take home a jar of homemade jam.
limited to 10 people. Cost is $10.
· Saturday, June 25 at 1:30 – 3:30– Tim
master gardener, will be at the garden
· Wednesday, June 29th at 6:00 PM– Bring
own food, blanket, chairs and have dinner
your fellow gardeners. If it’s raining
will be rescheduled.
· Friday, July 8– The TCG will have a
booth at the
Tualatin Farmer’s Market to share our
about starting a community garden, get
out about the memorial rose garden, and
people in the community. Please stop by
to Expand a Community Garden in less than
2 Minutes Video by Ben Jansen
How to Expand a Community Garden in More
Than 2 Minutes Photography by Al Stewart
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
is both for beginners and those more
experienced in gardening. At the end of
the class will be a time for Q & A.
for the class is encouraged,
but not necessary. You can register
The class is on a donation
basis with the money going to Community
a non-profit whose mission is to help
develop community gardens in the metro
March 15, 2011 7pm
Work Day Scheduled
April 9, 2011 Details to
April 15, 2011 Details to follow.
A note from our leader
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.
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.
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
The plots will
be considered reserved when the rental
fee and paperwork is turned in to the
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.
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.
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
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.
Tualatin Community Garden
October 4, 2010
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
will provide beverages and table settings.
the basics of home
canning in two classes
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
of these classes
are offered to the
general public as
part of Tualatin
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.
you grow your
own fruit and vegetables,
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
from your diet
the list of unknown,
not to mention
that are in 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.
are being supported
by the Jarden Corporation
Ball canning products.
will be on hand
at the classes and
canning items will
be given away. A
class fee will be
collected at each
can be done
by telling us you
are coming - click here!
May 8, 10:00 a.m.Theroses
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
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
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.
THIS SATURDAY! Our day to
put most of the garden in
place happens this Saturday
(the 10th) starting
at 9:30 a.m.
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.
will be lots
of shoveling and hauling work so if you
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!
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!
April 16 is our basic
gardening class. So
far we have about 18 people
registered for the class. You
don't want to miss
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.
2nd workday for the
garden will be Saturday,
April 17, starting at 9:30
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
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
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
the shed which
will have information
posted about the
garden and any
that needs to be
given. We will
as well as watering
pads and hand tools
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.
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.
community garden is really
March 29, 2010
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
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.
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!
of this time (Sunday) there are
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
take some names on a waiting
the event that one of the renters
backs out and also to contact
for next year (we hope to
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
are also a bunch of plants
for sale -- get that
start on your garden on Saturday.
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.
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,
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
all the behind the scenes work
we finally have something to show
thanks, Mitch, for all you are
doing. It's starting to look like
March 15, 2010
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
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.
really excited how things just
keep happening and coming together.
I really feel God's blessing in
you all have a good week.
March 10, 2010
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.
had another $50.00 donation to the garden fund this last
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.
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.
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
March 4, 2010
An Update from Laurie
had another team meeting for the planning committee of
the community garden. Some updates: We are planning a day
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
first garden class is Friday, April 16 at 7:00 at the church.
CLICH HERE for class information.
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
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 http://communitygardencreators.org/ 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!
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
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 http://communitygardencreators.org.
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
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 communitygardencreators.org To get some idea of what I like
to do you can have a look at some
photos of my home garden here http://communitygardencreators.org/Photos.html As part of
fund raising for our non-profit I'm presenting a workshop,
Organic Vegetable Gardening 101, and suggesting a donation
non-profit for attending. Again you can find out more on our
There are 4 scheduled this spring in Portland. I'm also available
do the presentation to a group like yours and can tailor it
group's needs and interests. Again I would request a donation
the attendees but no one will be turned away because of the
to donate. Our goal as an organization is to create gardens
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
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!