• Grazing Gardens Mosaic Bench (map)
  • Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway,
  • Portland, OR 97201


Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 (South side of Smith Memorial Student Union building), #PSUVBC



Audrey Rycewicz, Rycewic2(at)pdx(dot)edu, (503) 915-5882, https://www.facebook.com/VillageatPSU/




“Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath and fire my spirit.”

The Grazing Garden is a small edible space on Portland State University’s urban campus. We (the fantastic Garden Taskforce) have been working with Jordan Fink, local permaculturist, to redesign the space to be more FUNctional. The newly designed garden features a native plant area, raised beds and trellises for vertical complexity. We plan to enhance the area with a concrete bench adorned with mosaic work to honor a student who passed away a few years ago. Our lead artist, Lisa Burgoyne, lives in Sellwood and has extensive knowledge in ceramics, glass and concrete art. The installation of this bench will provide volunteers with the opportunity to experience molds and free form concrete methods while integrating mosaic techniques! Please visit our website for a detailed schedule and photos of our final design!



Everyday between the 7th and 9th we will be working on the concrete bench from 10-4pm (with a break for lunch). Volunteers who are able to spend a full day on site are extra-appreciated for concrete work because there is a learning curve and detail to attention is needed! We will have small community art


projects going on in the garden throughout the duration of the project. Stop by to contribute and connect with us!


Tue, June 7

10am-3:30pm: Working on the bench.

*3:30pm yoga class: Meet @ in the park blocks adjacent to the Grazing Gardens. Bring your own mat, and prepare to celebrate the successful end of our first VBC day.


Wed, June 8

10am-2pm: Working on the bench.

2 pm: Meet at the Grazing Gardens. We will be leading a Garden tour that will visit the most innovative garden spaces on campus!

Thur, June 9, 10am-4pm: Working on the bench featuring children’s activities our Garden Taskforce members in the park blocks!

*Lunch everyday from 1-2 featuring delicious and seasonal pizza from HotLips!