My Senior Capstone class (Urban Agriculture and Food Systems) recently completed their final project, a website compiling interviews with ten participants in Growing Garden's home garden program. Growing Gardens is a non-profit organization that supports low-income households in Portland with garden construction, seeds, plants, classes, and mentorship for three years.
On the website, the students write: Each family has unique experiences and histories that led them to growing their own food and joining Growing Gardens. It is our goal to show the many facets that make up the growing community of urban gardeners in Portland, Oregon. Whether their motivations are political, social, or economic, each is integral to expanding the dialogue of what it means to be empowered, to overcome adversity, and to ensure food security for ourselves and future generations.
I've embedded one of the videos here, an interview with gardener Justine Hamburg, but please visit the website to hear the rest of the stories!