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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Portland's Community Gardens

In a nice interview with Portland's p-patch garden manager, Leslie Pohl-Kosbau gives this gem about the program that she has been managing for 30+ years:

That's the beauty of the whole thing. Parks doesn't say, "You can only come into this park if you are low-income." Gardening belongs to everybody. There are amazing things we learn from each other. The food is part of that. Flowers are part of that. People of means do contribute back by doing a little extra, donating things and growing food to donate, although I think you will find that more people give who don't have than who actually have. It is a very interesting way to look at life. So it is helpful for people of means to see people who don't have means doing for themselves and for others.

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