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A pop-up plant sale at Brooklyn Park raised money to fund various community projects

RITA A. LEONARD - Visitors were looking over the free plants offered at the Brooklyn Bloom Clubs Community Plant Pop-Up, in Brooklyn Park on May 28. Dozens of visitors braved the rain on Saturday, May 28th, to visit the "Community Plant Pop-Up" underway in the southeast corner of Brooklyn Park. The once-a-year event features plant and bird information, a raffle, and organic fruit, vegetable, and herb starts — for free, or by donation.

The meet-up was hosted, under tents, by the Brooklyn Bloom Club, as well as by the Brooklyn Habitat Certification Program, the Street Trust, and City Repair & Permaculture Placemaking. It was also supported by Brew Dr. Kombucha, Southeast Uplift, and Portland's "Office of Community and Civic Life".

Spokesperson Kimberlea Ruffu said, "We plan to donate half the money earned here today to Kasana Farm to support their BIPOC Community Support Agriculture Plan, and half to support the Brooklyn Bloom Club." The event also offered information about birds, backyard habitat certification, and information from Sellwood's Mark Lakeman about City Repair and Permaculture.

Lakeman, well-known for his work as a consultant to Village Building Convergence and the Save Moreland Woods group, and for developing "Share-It Square" on Sherrett Street in Sellwood, confided to THE BEE, "The cob 'Beehive News Stand' at Share-It Square in Sellwood is currently in poor repair. We're fixing it up on Sunday, June 5."

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