Join in on the action for a day of learning and exploring at an urban farm! Open Farm Days feature seasonal activities, farm tours, garden projects, and lunches cooked by our Community Chefs. The farm has beehives, a nature playground, chickens, multiple gardens, and a wetland area to explore.
The program is designed to be welcoming, fun, and educational for people of all ages. This event is loosely structured and mostly self-guided. Educators are on site to facilitate activities and stewardship projects. We will typically offer guided farm tours at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Lunch will be served 12:00-1:00pm. Participants are welcome to drop in throughout the day. Final check-in is at 2:30pm.
Activity of the Day: Plant Giveaway & Seed Swap
Help kick off the Open Farm Day season by joining in at Spring for Zenger! Zenger Farm will provide vegetable starts, herb starts, seeds, and other garden-related goodies! You can also bring your own plants and holders for a chance to swap with each other. Get advice from gardening pros, explore the farm, visit with the Growing Garden Home Gardens program team, enjoy an herbal blend tea bar, and eat lunch cooked by our Community Chefs. Lunch will be served from 12-1PM.
You can also sign up at the event to become a Zenger Farm Seedling and join the donors who support our work with recurring monthly contributions. When you sign up you’ll recieve a $100 gift card to Porland Nursery and a bag of special Zenger Farm edition Portlandia Foods whole bean coffee.
11am-12:30pm – BIPOC Priority Hours*
11:30am – Tour 1
12-1pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Tour 2
*Please note that we have BIPOC priority family hours 11:00 am-12:30 pm on this date. These hours are designed to ensure our Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) community members get first access to giveaways and resources. This is entirely self identified and multi-racial families/groups are welcome to attend within this time.
The main building, bathrooms, food and activity area, and one of the gardens are wheelchair accessible (doorways 36”). The farm fields, wetland area, and children’s garden are not accessible by wheelchair, as they are on a hill and pathways are unpaved. We strive to make our programming accessible to people with disabilities. Please reach out with other questions about access and accommodations.
Please dress for the weather. Bring any snacks and water bottles you need. Bathrooms and a water bottle filling station are available.
Registering ahead of time helps us you jump right in when you arrive and helps us prepare materials and food for the right amount of people. We understand that this can be a barrier, and welcome day-of registrations and drop-ins.
**Please order one ticket per group**
Sliding Scale: This event is made possible through our sliding scale or “pay as you can” model. Please pay what you are able to while registering. The suggested scale is $5-$100 per family or small group. Priority will be given to BIPOC and David Douglas School District families for slots at the lower end of the scale. If you are registering as an individual, feel free to slide down on the scale. If you are coming as a larger group of 5+, consider paying up on the scale.If you are an organized school, non-profit, or organizational group, please register here.
You can read our sliding-scale philosophy and explanation here.
$5 – This donation is primarily for DDSD and/or BIPOC families who identify as low-income.
$20 – This donation is primarily for DDSD and/or BIPOC families who are able to give a little more.
$40 – This donation helps to cover about half of our actual costs for your family to attend.
$75 – This donation covers the true cost of your group attending an Open Farm Day.
$100 – This donation covers the true cost of running an Open Farm Day AND supports others to come to the farm.
Free Registration: We are offering free registration to BIPOC and low-income families with the waiver code OFDFREE. Use this code at checkout if you need to.
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