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The Back 40 Project

  • Christ Church 5170 Northwest 5 Oaks Drive Hillsboro, OR, 97124 United States (map)

We are trying something new at Community of ChristChurch, a bit of an experiment really and we welcome you to join us! We have a strip of land (roughly 40 by 300 feet) behind our building that faces the Cornelius Pass Road on-ramp to Hwy 26 heading west. Before this project that strip of land was relatively unused.
Our goal is to figure out how can we strengthen and build community with our neighbors, nearby businesses, non-profits, churches, schools etc.? And, how can we leverage this strip of land (the Back 40) behind our building to make a positive difference in our community? We envision this strip of land being a place where people create and nurture a permaculture garden, a food forest, and a pollinator pathway. We are on our way to transforming the space with permaculture designer Julian Dominic. We invite you to join us for a weekend of activities to continue the transformation and CELEBRATE!

Friday, June 2nd: Jam session– All musical varieties welcome, potluck & tour of Back 40 at 6:30pm
Our church building has a great set up for music and mingling. Bring your instruments and a potluck dish to share. If you have a song you’d like to share with the group bring that as well. We have a drum set and keyboard available for your use.

Saturday, June 3rd: Back 40 garden work party, 10am - 3pm
Garden work party with vegetarian friendly lunch. Potential activities include: build community garden beds out of found materials, plants for the pollinator pathway and plant native grasses. Check our website frequently for updates.

Sunday, June 4th: 9:30am Worship open to all and 11am Blessing of the Back 40
Our final VBC session together invites you to worship with us and then bless the Back 40. Yes, we are a Christian church but our worship is open to all religions and spiritual persuasions. Opening our Worship to VBC is another way for the community to know what’s happening in our building and meet new folks.


Earlier Event: June 1
The Trillium Schoolyard Project
Later Event: June 3
Open Hearts