Wisdom Gardens

Wisdom Gardens Guidelines

Wisdom Gardens is a communal garden in which Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. provides free space and plant starts for families and individuals that self-identify as Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander, or other indigenous peoples of North, Central or South America. The purpose of Wisdom Gardens is to train Native families in…

Elderberry Harvest Celebration

Wisdom of the Elders invites you to Wisdom Gardens Harvest Celebration, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday Sep. 21. The “Wisdom of the Elderberry” syrup making demonstration was well received last year, and we hope to see both familiar and fresh faces this year. This event celebrates not only the healing properties of…

Community Garden Workday March 23, 2013

Wisdom Gardens has a garden plot at the nearby Earl Broyles Community Garden (SE 110th Ave & Francis). We’re saving this plot for families in the nearby Native American apartment complex that is just opening. We would love to have your help in preparing the plot for this year’s growing season! The work party is…

Farmers Market Volunteer Opportunities for Summer 2013

Wisdom Gardens will be selling heirloom tomato starts this summer at Portland Area Farmers Markets. Volunteers will be needed to staff the booths, assist with transportation, setup and teardown, and create signage and brochures. Email rell.wisdom@gmail.com if you are interested in helping us out this summer. A volunteer meeting and orientation will be held in…

Wisdom Gardens in the News

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Wisdom Gardens was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Edible Portland magazine. In the article “Powerful Medicine: A garden gives Portland’s Native community a place to call home”, Executive Director Rose High Bear discusses the vision for Wisdom Gardens, and the importance of cultural resiliency in our local Native communities: “Get your hands dirty,…

Start a Garden!

WG Advisory Council

Wisdom Community Gardens Advisory Council wants our community to discover the abundance that can be provided by Portland’s rich natural world.  Our NCCC team is building six raised vegetable garden beds this week so our Native community can learn and grow healthy heirloom vegetables for their family. Please contact us if you are interested in…

Invitation to Wisdom Community Gardens Events

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 You are cordially invited to several upcoming Wisdom Community Gardens events this spring as Wisdom of the Elders launches our educational and organic heirloom vegetable garden at Kelly Butte House. A team of seven AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members will dedicate 2 1/2 weeks in late May and early June transforming the garden…

Gardening Projects:

 Help us tend to our community gardens in SE Portland, research and acquire Native plants for our Permaculture project, or implement a new garden hub site in your community!  Work party, database organization, and transportation help are particularly appreciated.

Participate: Take the Wisdom Gardens Survey

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Are you interested in helping to shape a new garden and micro-business initiative? Contribute your voice and feedback to the development process of the Wisdom Gardens project. An initiative of Wisdom of the Elders, with the purpose of providing garden experiences, education, and micro-enterprise opportunities to the Portland area Native community. Please consider taking a few…