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Volunteers enhance Gabriel Community Garden

Community celebration and work party recognize a volunteer of 20 years


MULTNOMAH — On April 12, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)’s Gabriel Community Garden welcomed Hands On Portland and Umpqua Bank volunteers for a community celebration and work party to enhance the popular site for growing fresh, healthy organic food.by: CONNECTION PHOTO: DREW DAKESSIAN - Ken Schultz was honored for his years of service as one of the garden's outstanding volunteers.

A notable highlight of the festivities was an apple tree planting to honor one of the garden’s outstanding volunteers, 80-year-old Ken Schultz. The garden also dedicated two new raised beds, built with a donation from Umpqua Bank, where Umpqua volunteers will grow produce to be donated to a local food bank, Neighborhood House. Community garden volunteers also removed invasive plants, weed, mulch and paint and did light construction to shore up paths as they prepared the Gabriel Community Garden for spring planting. Gabriel Park community garden volunteers regularly contribute healthy, fresh, organic food to PP&R’s Produce for People program.

“The 80-plus gardeners at Gabriel Park’s community garden raise fresh produce not only for themselves, but to donate to local families in need,” said Laura Niemi, Program Coordinator for Portland Parks and Recreation’s Community Gardens Program. “In 2013, Gabriel gardeners raised nearly 1500 pounds of produce for the City of Portland’s Produce for People program, which encourages community gardeners to donate produce to the emergency food system.”