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Community Garden Update

…a Communique from our Intern Katy Giombolini:

Late last month, 15 Columbia County community members got their hands dirty in the community garden outside the ROP Office. We packed the raised beds with everything from fennel to tomatoes to kale; we tore out grass; we built amazing tomato trellises; we ate a lot of great food. The event brought together a great mix of people – long time ROPers, young adults interested in growing food, and community members curious about what goes on inside this small office in Scappoose, Oregon. With music, good conversation, and a common goal we showed our values by digging deep, planting seeds, and organizing ourselves to make sure this garden continues to grow.

Over the past 9 months at ROP, I’ve learned how we are in it for the long haul; we are about changing the way people think and act. It’s not some short term campaign but a continual struggle. For me that means changing the way we eat and changing the way we think about food and using food as a way to inspire those faced with a depressed economy. Here are ways ROP is using food as an organizing tool: Let’s Get Planting

Food has the amazing ability to bring people together and sustain us just like community, families, friends and neighbors. The people working in the garden this weekend were people looking for community, looking for a place to make something happen, to do something that reflected what they value. What do I value? What simple action can I do to reflect those values? Reminding ourselves what our values are and then finding ways to share our values with others through simple actions like planting a garden is an important excercise to re-energize and refocus ourselves as we continue on making change.

To order copies of our Local Farm & Food Guide, which compiles our wealth of local Columbia County food resources, please contact Amanda at 503-543-8417 or amanda@rop.org

Katy Giombolini