Garden registration opens tomorrow, Feb 1!

Registration for garden spaces begins tomorrow, Wednesday, February 1 at 9 am. Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. If you or someone you know would be interested in renting a plot, review or pass along the registration flier (PDF).

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Garden meeting tomorrow night (Jan 26)

The Frazer Park Community Garden Subcommittee will meet tomorrow night, January 26, at 7 pm in the auditorium of the Head Start School next to Frazer Park, 909 NE 52nd Avenue. New members are welcome! Our agenda (PDF) includes reviewing our list of needed donations (PDF) and updates on our efforts to distribute our garden registration fliers (PDF). Contact Tamara at 503-706-5804 if you have any questions.

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Thank you Tool Library for tool donation!

A big thank-you to the Northeast Portland Tool Library for donating some garden tools to help start a collection for our community garden! We can use a few more, and we have some other needs for materials and volunteers. If you’d like to help, visit the How to help page.

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Garden update: Construction, registration opens Feb. 1, and tools needed

[Compiled from updates from RCPNA and partner staff and volunteers.]

We’re making steady progress toward our planned spring opening. With the installation of a permanent perimeter fence and removal of the construction fence, we’ve wound down construction for the winter. We’re troubleshooting some drainage issues and reviewing our plans and needs for our next big tasks, which include building a garden community space, possibly installing a storm water collection tank, and acquiring garden tools. A “wish-list” for these tools can be found below and on our How to help page. Continue reading

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Garden construction update

Laura Niemi, Portland Parks project manager overseeing the garden construction, forwarded the following update:

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Hi all, I wanted to give you an update on the garden shed and raised bed donation.

The group has decided to fund the 2 raised beds only so we are still in need of a shed. We have scheduled a work party October 8 to construct the raised beds with the donor group.

Nathan has started the irrigation installation at Frazer. He should finish up early next week.

The soil level of the garden area is higher than we had originally planned. I measured and it looks like about 5-6″ of space to the lip of the asphalt rather than the 9″ we had planned for. I think it would be best to add compost and mix it will the subsoil rather than purchase a 4-way mix. My goal is to have this delivered and have the site rototiller before the 10/8 work party if possible. I thought it would be fun for the volunteers to sow some cover crop seed on the garden soil at their work party.

Once the compost is in and the soil level is raised to meet the asphalt lip, we will remove the construction fence. The permanent fence is scheduled to be installed in October once the soil and irrigation work is done.

I hope to have construction wrapped up on Frazer in October. Then we can focus on the surrounding plantings, any bells and whistles and the plot wait list opening and assignments.

Laura Laura Niemi
Community Gardens Program Coordinator
Portland Parks & Recreation
503-823-1612 (office)
laura.niemi [at ] portlandoregon [dot] gov

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Garden construction update

Update forwarded by Laura Niemi, Portland Parks project manager for the garden construction:

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As promised here are some timeline updates to share with your contact list.

  • We have completed the first major step in the construction of the Frazer Community Garden – removing the asphalt. Community volunteers led by local non-profit Depave removed 5,000 square feet of asphalt in less than 6 hours on a hot August Day. Contractor Craig Wark and his crew removed the remaining 5,000 square feet.Soil sampling found elevated levels of lead in the soil beneath the asphalt so we excavated up to 2 feet of soil and properly disposed of it at a local facility. We then imported clean fill that was thoroughly tested for contaminants to provide a base for the garden.
  • Huge thanks to our funder for the depaving and soil removal and replacement process, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. The successful grant submission was made on behalf of the garden by another community partner, the Friends of Portland Community Garden.
  • Next we will import a topsoil mix that includes soil and compost for the top portion of the soil and rototill it in. This will make a great basis for any organic garden. To protect our new soil we will sow cover crops that will grow over the winter and protect the soil structure and preserve nutrients for our spring plantings.
  • Once the topsoil is brought in, we will remove the construction fencing. This is set to happen before the end of the month. In October Parks will construct the permanent fence that will ring the garden within the footprint of what was depaved. In the mean time we have left up the construction fencing to prevent ay tripping hazards posed by the lower soil level in the garden.
  • Also in October we will install the irrigation for the garden which is the last major infrastructure piece to complete before we sow cover crop seed for the winter.

Please let me know if you have any questions about any of these items.


Laura Niemi | Community Gardens Program Coordinator
Portland Parks & Recreation
6437 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97206
503-823-1612 (office) | 503-823-6528 (cell)
503-823-2246 (fax)
laura.niemi [at] portlandoregon [dot] gov


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Depaving volunteers needed Saturday, August 20

After two years of planning and neighborhood coordination, we’re finally ready to break ground on the Frazer Park Community Garden! Portland Parks Commissioner Nick Fish’s office has pledged to provide funds to supplement our grants to complete the garden installation by spring of 2012!

Speaking of groundbreaking, we need volunteers on Saturday, August 20 from 9 am to 3 pm to help tear out 10,000 square feet of asphalt to make room for the garden. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, and snacks, tools, water, and safety gear will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, as well as weather-appropriate clothing.

Depave, one of our project partners, is coordinating the event. For more information, read their depaving event flyer (PDF), or contact

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