The program is a collaboration (coordinated by EMO's Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns) of volunteers, EMO staff and Income Property Management (IPM) on-site staff working together to provide gardens and gardening activities at the Patton Home that promote health and positive social relations in a environmentally sustainable manner.
To provide residents of the Patton Home and surrounding neighborhood with horticultural experiences that build physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and enhance community life.
The grounds at the Patton Home will be developed into a low maintenance edible landscape over a period of several years. The goal is to create landscape that is attractive, playful and environmentally sustainable. In 2001, herb gardens were planted on the south side of the building and in the courtyard. Two raised beds gardens are used by residents in the front of the building. Several areas were also planted with native plants. Additional plantings were made in 2002 and 2003.
The Patton Home Community Garden is operated by the Portland Parks and Recreation Community Gardens Program. It promotes and provides gardening opportunities at City-managed sites for the physical and social benefit of the people and neighborhoods of Portland. It features 11 garden plots and a raised bed garden for use by the community. The program provides occasional classes on gardening and composting at the Patton Home. For more information, call (503) 823-1612.
The therapeutic gardening provides a variety of benefits
• Gives greater awareness of living things around us.
• Provides mild to moderate exercise in coordination, strength, stamina and physical activity.
• Gives enormous pleasure through the senses: seeing, smelling, feeling, tasting and hearing.
• Increases self-esteem.
• Provides opportunity for creativity and self-expression.
• Healthy interdependence.
The value of community gardening
• Reduces stress.
• Helps people learn about participation.
• Helps feed people and save money.
• Grows leaders.
• Helps preserve cultural heritage.
• Helps keep people physically fit.
• Builds community among neighbors.
The Patton Home Community Garden is the 26th garden in the Portland Parks and Recreation Community Garden Program. The garden grew from a partnership between EMO and Portland Parks and Recreation with a grant from the Bureau of Housing and Community Development. It serves the north Portland community, as well as residents of the Patton Home. According to Leslie Pohl-Kosbau, director of Portland Community Gardens, "The Patton Home Community Garden is becoming a valuable neighborhood resource." EMO’s Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns (INEC) was a key catalyst for the garden’s development.
Volunteers and donations needed. We are seeking donations, as well as in-kind gifts of the following items:
• Hand tools
• Garden gloves
• Garden books
For more information about volunteering or to make a donation, call (503) 221-1054, ext. 214.
Thank you to our donors!