Garden History: The original South Waterfront Community Garden was established in 2009 by a committee of dedicated residents along with South Waterfront Community Relations. The vacant lot just south of Atwater Place, known as Block 37, became home to one hundred plus garden beds until the spring of 2014 when the start of construction on a new mixed-use apartment building became imminent on the site.

A Community Garden Committee formed in 2014, determined to find a new location for the garden so that residents and employees of the district could continue to enjoy the many benefits that having a community garden brings to the neighborhood. When OHSU offered a portion of Block 33 (the lot just west of Elizabeth Caruthers Park) as the next site of the garden, the community came together to make the empty lot into a welcoming garden space. With generous support from OHSU, Zidell, and numerous others, as well as the energy and enthusiasm of the Community Garden Committee and South Waterfront Community Relations, the new garden began to flourish with vegetables, flowers, and community spirit.

How to Get Your Garden Bed: This spring the garden will be expanded to the lower area by adding fifteen more beds. Three more beds will be added to the upper level as well, bringing the total number of beds to fifty-five. New gardeners in 2015 may reserve beds on a first come, first served basis with a $150 annual season gardening fee. If you have been yearning to grow green things and dig in the dirt, you may be just a few steps away from having your own South Waterfront Community Garden bed: