Remediated Brownfield - Garden Workparty
822 NE Emerson Street, #EMERSONSTREETGARDENVBC
Join Groundwork Portland, an environmental justice non-profit that drives community-led brownfield remediation, provides youth green job training, and advocates to ensure diverse voices are heard with issues such as the Willamette River Superfund cleanup .
For VBC we will be inviting you to our first fully remediated brownfield site, the Emerson Street Community Garden. The garden needs some love so to remedy this we’d like to gather Portlanders, share some fresh food, present the history of the site, and do some gardening! Lets celebrate Emerson Street Garden’s journey from urban blight to a place to connect.
Back in 1994, a long time neighborhood resident’s house tragically burned to the ground leaving the property toxic with lead contamination. Through a strong and sustained community led effort it has become a place where local residents and youth from nearby schools and elsewhere can gather and learn from nature. Since the summer of 2015 we now have all the lead toxin removed! For this summer we are starting our first organic growing season and have plans to continue upgrading the space for the benefit of the community. Come enjoy, food, sunshine, storytelling, and great company this summer!
Sat, June 4, 10am-2pm: Garden workparty, with lunch at noon.