Outgrowing Hunger has a three-pronged approach to improving community food systems:
Community Garden Facility Operations, providing low-income, immigrant, and refugee families with the opportunity to grow fresh, culturally appropriate vegetables in their own neighborhoods. Currently 450 families are enrolled, growing on a total of approximately 7 acres at 12 sites.
Refugee Farmer Development, connecting New Americans from agricultural backgrounds with land, tools, business and marketing assistance, and technical advice for becoming successful vegetable farmers in urban and suburban Portland. Currently 5 farmers are enrolled, producing on 3 acres, distributing through farmers markets, farm stands, and culturally-specific CSAs.
Culturally-specific garden education and logistical support. Bilingual staff from the communities they serve provide Spanish, Russian, Nepali, Burmese, and Swahili speaking gardeners enrolled in Portland Parks & Rec, City of Gresham, and our own independent gardens with seeds, plant starts, organic fertilizer, garden coaching and crop planning, and problem solving to ensure a successful harvest.