Growing food in schools, backyards and correctional facilities to cultivate healthy, equitable communities.
Growing Garden’s vision is for everyone to have equal access to healthy food and to be stewardesses of our own communities through sharing of resources, educating each other, and learning new skills.
It all started in 1984 with Dan Barker’s home gardening project. As a result, more than 1400 home gardens were built between 1983 and 1996. Soon after, it became the Portland Home Garden Project in 1996. However, it was soon apparent that our mission was much bigger and more diverse, so in 1998 we officially became Growing Gardens.