A West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District FISH grant (Financial Incentives for Sustainable Habitat) was awarded to the Linnton Neighborhood Association (LNA) for a new community garden at Kingsley Park. LNA plans to create a community gathering place focused on the garden, which will consist of edible and native plants. There is no grocery store in Linnton, which is a rather isolated community on Hwy. 30 north of Portland. In addition, homes in Linnton are often in shade from surrounding Forest Park. This project will create a gathering place for residents to connect socially as they plant and harvest food for their families.
LNA is working with the City of Portland, which owns the land, to construct the garden to be about 7,000 sq. ft. and include 30-35 raised beds. As plots are vacated, new families would be included in the roster of participants. In addition, community garden managers will enlist participants from the client list of the Linnton Food Pantry.
The Kingsley Community Garden is expected to open in the spring of 2017.