Saturday, July 30, 2011

Near/in Keizer? Still plenty of time to grow a great summer/fall garden!

HarvestImage by greenhem via Flickr
Whittam Community Garden, located at 5205 Ridge Dr. NE in Keizer, has 8 garden plots available.

Plots are free if you donate produce to Keizer Food Bank, and only $5 for the rest of the year for personal use. Plots are 6’ x 12’ raised beds.

If interested, please contact Kathy Whittam -

Ian Dixon-McDonald
Community Gardens Program Director
Marion-Polk Food Share

T: 503-581-3855 x329 C: 503-798-0339 F: 503-581-3862
1660 Salem Industrial Drive NE, Salem OR 97301-0374
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Attention recent and soon-to-be HS grads!

You owe it to yourself to start your college search here. If you attend this school first, all your subsequent school choices are likely to be much more valuable to you, even if they are much more traditional.

Speaking of which, here's a non-traditional opportunity that could be perfect for a self-educating young person:
The Marion-Polk Food Share Community Gardens Program is currently accepting applications for a service opportunity through Oregon Red Cross AmeriCorps.

The service member will focus on developing and running youth garden programs in Marion and Polk counties. Three main projects include developing curriculum, facilitating partnerships, and assisting with the summer garden youth crews.

For full job description (pdf)

Service member will receive
  • a $5,550 education award upon completion for future tuition or payment on qualified student loans (taxed),

  • a living allowance of $12,100 for 11 months (before taxes),

  • loan forbearance on qualified student loans,

  • basic healthcare coverage and childcare assistance (if household income qualifies).

    The selected applicant will have to complete an AmeriCorps application online. For more information on AmeriCorps, see
This opportunity requires a full-time, 40 hours a week commitment for the duration of 11 months. Begins Tuesday Sept. 6. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to:

Applications must be received by August 5th.
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