Phone: (503) 943-5633
The Community Programs include 52,000 square feet of community-run organic gardens, a 10,000 square foot orchard, an organic egg project, community kitchens and a market gardeners initiative. These myriad programs are an ongoing avenue for community engagement and leadership in the New Columbia and Tamarack neighborhoods.
A dynamic youth development and employment program engaging youth ages 14 to 21 living in North Portland low-income neighborhoods to operate a 2.5 acre, certified organic, entrepreneurial farm on Sauvie Island, Food Works empowers youth to be leaders in their community, in their schools and in their homes.
Key goals guide Food Works:
- Grow the Farm: youth develop skills in sustainable agriculture and land management by being engaged in all aspects of planning, planting, harvesting and caring for a farm producing over 10,000 pounds of organic vegetables.
- Grow the Business: youth build a variety of skills including marketing and teamwork, retail display, planning, cashiering, and customer service by operating their own farm business and selling their produce at two local farmers markets, New Seasons Market and Village Market.
- Grow the Community: youth impact their community by being positive role models, assisting community gardeners and volunteering at local hunger relief agencies.
- Grow the Self: youth learn key job skills such as respectful direct communication, time management, accountability and conflict resolution. Each youth sets personal goals for school and work and identifies their steps to success. Leadership development and enrichment opportunities are also an important part of the Food Works experience. In addition to participating actively in all aspects of program decision making, youth regularly present at professional conferences both locally and nationally.
Two Food Works’ youth have been awarded Gates Millennium Scholarships and several Food Works’ youth have received scholarships through the Janus Scholarship Fund.
Food Works Video
Located in the heart of the New Columbia neighborhood, the Village Market is more than a healthy corner grocery store that is community run. It is the central meeting point that brings together a diverse neighborhood where 17 different languages are spoken and 22 countries are represented. As the only retail grocery store in a 15-block radius, the Village Market addresses the issue of "food deserts" in low-income neighborhoods. It is a store selling organic produce and culturally relevant food but not alcohol, tobacco products or lottery tickets.The Village Market is a hub for community activities and health promotion, where children stop on their way to and from school for a healthy snack. It is the only grocery store open every day, with its lights on in the evening, providing employment and job skills training for neighborhood residents.
Street Address: 4632 N Trenton St, Portland, Oregon, 97203
Phone: (503) 548-0374 Website: villagegardens.org/village-market
New Columbia Farmers Market
The New Columbia Farmers Market is a hub of food activity that benefits the community and supports small business development. Our multicultural farmers, cooks and artists live in New Columbia and sell their goods in their neighborhood. With community cooks providing prepared dishes that meet specific, cultural food needs and growers providing locally grown produce, our market is a gathering space for diverse neighbors to connect over foods and crafts from their community. The Farmers Market is open June-August, every Thursday from 4-7 pm outside Village Market, 4632 N. Trenton St.