2124 N Williams Ave
OR 97227-1932 Portland
Ansprechpartner: Emese Ilyes
- Sozialpolitik/behinderte Menschen
- Gemeinschaft, Gemeindeprojekt
- Freiwillige Helfer sind willkommen.
Project Grow is an Arts, farming, yoga and music project, that includes, supports and is empowered by people with disabilities.
Project Grow is a space for community collaboration where people can engage in conversation and action to advocate for human rights, the value of art in society, urban farming, and the pursuit of passions.
Project Grow is a progressive program for adults of all mental diversities that aims to:
• Advocate for the rights of all to meaningfully connect with the community.
• Establish careers in farming and the arts where there previously was no opportunity for fairly compensated labor.
• Allow everyone to experience self-satisfaction and growth through farming and artistic expression.
• Move away from a culture of segregation to one of integration and appreciation.
• Support everyone in exploring their passions and experiencing growth by providing an encouraging and appreciative environment.
• Embrace the unique gifts and challenges that each individual possesses.
• Share the art work and harvested produce with the community and fairly compensate the artists and farmers involved.
• Collaborate with other artists, fostering meaningful connections within the art community.
Project Grow was founded in 2009 on the principle that adults with developmental disabilities deserve the right to create and share meaningful art, establish a closer relationship with their food source, and lead a physically healthier life. Within nine months, Project Grow saw the launch of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) from its thriving farm, had several gallery exhibitions, focused on general wellness, and developed strong and persistent relationships with the neighborhood and the community around it. The artists and farmers of the program have earned paychecks from art sold, lessons taught, and as recognition of their efforts and contribution to the farm.
The North Portland Farm of Project Grow is a urban farm. The North Portland Farm runs a bike-delivered CSA, raises chickens and ducks for eggs, goats for fiber, vegetable starts for sale and for the farm, provides community garden space for rent, hosts workshops, and participates actively in the small/urban farm community in the area. Farmers and artists in Project Grow are invited to work on the farm, earning minimum wage, learning, harvesting, working, playing, teaching, delivering, washing, building, cleaning, selling, tending, planting, clearing, and the myriad activities that are part of the reality of urban agriculture. The North Portland Farm is a functioning and productive farm, as well as a community resource and research tool into the development of an integrated urban food system.
Monthly events hosted by Project Grow, such as lectures, concerts, and workshops, are establishing the studio and farm as a radical and inclusive cultural center for the community.
Emese Ilyes is the Coordinator of Project Grow.
For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.