Thursday, May 3rd AT 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

(Don’t) Build It and They Will Come

Oregon Convention Center: Room B110-B112
Track: Food + Water

The merits of creating a community garden are well founded, especially a garden that grows culturally appropriate foods for new immigrants and refugees. But how do you take a great idea and turn it into a functioning growing space? Follow the journey of Hillside Paradise Parking Plots Community Garden from one acre of asphalt to thriving community asset. A panel of partners from faith based, public sector and relief agencies share how they generated funding, engaged a diverse community, developed an inclusive design and secured irrigation water all while working to avoid club root among the crucifers.


Deirdre Grace
Community Engagement Manager
King Conservation District
Tahmina Martelly
Program Manager
World Relief Seattle
Shannon Benya
Project Engineer
Construction for Change
Melissa Tatro
Urban Agriculture Program Manager
King Conservation District