Growing Gardens’ mission is to reduce hunger. We work with thousands of volunteers to build home and school organic vegetable gardens. We provide three years of support, supplies, seeds and plants, mentoring and more.

When we support low-income Portland residents with the resources and education they need to grow their own food—they become healthier, more physically active and self-reliant— and that’s a recipe for strong, sustainable and vibrant communities.

It all starts with a single seed. Help us plant one. Please donate today! Thank you so much your generosity is greatly appreciated.


Growing Gardens School Garden Coordinator Certificate Training 

OPEN REGISTRATION: We are now enrolling for our summer 2015 School Garden Coordinator Certificate Training program. This training was created to share best practices for building, using and maintaining school and youth food gardening programs in our region. The training is offered with optional continuing education credits through Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education for additional tuition and coursework.
The training is taught by local community experts and topics covered include:

  • community organizing and school garden committee development
  • garden infrastructure
  • teaching garden-based activities
  • adding garden grown produce to school meals
  • resource development
  • program evaluation and sustainability and more!

Dates: Monday June 22nd-Friday June 26th 9am-4pm 


Tickets for the 2015 Chef in My Garden summer dinner series are on sale now

Check out this video featuring our Youth Grow Program!

Healthy Habits Take Root” showcases the PPS Nutrition Services Farm to School Program in action at Lent Elementary. Students experience hands-on garden lessons, farm field trips and Harvest of the Month cafeteria promotions through partnerships with Growing Gardens, Zenger Farm and the Oregon State University Extension SNAP-Ed Program.

We’re searching for a new Youth Grow Program Director

If you’re interested in applying, please review the position description: Program Director

You can help kids and families grow their own food