About a third of the garden area is devoted to a group gardening project. (The other two thirds are split between individual garden plots and fruit trees, berry patches, ornamental gardens, and grapes.)

The front garden is a showcase circular garden that originally was a parking lot. Its geometry derives from a centrally located sprinkler that makes irrigation in Oregon’s dry summers easy. Its six sectors are dedicated to different crops each year. Its perimeter areas are dedicated to ornamental, rain and wetland habitat, and additional vegetable gardening.

The group gardens team manages a small greenhouse used for growing starts in the spring and drying produce in the summer and fall.

About half of our residents, and a few neighbors, participate in the group gardens. Each year we get together to plant and harvest. Work parties occur about every three weeks. It is great fun sharing gardening with our neighbors!