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Zenger Farm, Portland’s largest urban educational farm, is doubling its capacity to educate students, families and community members about healthy food with a $1.9 million investment in a new 7,760-square-foot Urban Grange.


A capital campaign already has raised $700,000 with support from lead donors Bob’s Red Mill, Bridgetown Natural Foods and New Seasons Market. Designed by DECA Architects, the modern Urban Grange will add a much-needed multipurpose classroom, commercial kitchen and work space to the four-acre working farm.

New construction will be located at the farm, which sits on the border of Southeast Portland’s Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods along Foster Road and the Springwater Corridor. Although the farm is not in Clackamas, many of Zenger’s programs serve Clackamas families. Additional space will allow Zenger Farm to expand youth field trips, summer camps, healthy eating workshops and farmer training programs, and offer new opportunities for emerging businesses, community events and venue rentals.

“Grange halls are gathering places for rural communities to support one another in times of need and celebrate the bounty of the land,” said Jill Kuehler, executive director of Zenger Farm. “The Zenger Farm Urban Grange will be Portland’s healthy food and community hub, enhancing access to affordable, plentiful and nourishing foods.”

Zenger Farm is a nationally recognized educational farm that emphasizes the importance of community development, environmental stewardship and access to good food for all. Through field trips and summer camps, 7,000 students visit the farm annually. In addition, Zenger Farm is training more than 300 Community Supported Agriculture farmers across the country to accept SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) for CSA shares through the USDA SNAP program. It also operates the city’s only CSA program that accepts SNAP and manages the Lents International Farmers Market.

“As we encounter the work of Zenger Farm and their new Urban Grange, we are impressed by their people and proven success of their hands-on-in-the-garden teaching model,” said Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill. “We see Zenger Farm changing lives by teaching youth and adults how to grow and prepare affordable food. These lessons will create meaningful and lasting change for future generations.”

Partners expect to break ground on the Urban Grange in spring 2014. For more information about the Urban Grange, and to donate, go to zengerfarm.org/grange.

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