Dallas Youth Garden...   A youth development project located in Dallas, Oregon. 


    
         
Our Mission
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Provide Summer Internships to Dallas High School Students. Interns gain job and leadership skills, learn agricultural practices, and become aware of the nutritional needs of our community.  


What We Do
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1. We provide summer internships to Dallas High School students.

2. Our interns plan, develop and maintain 25’x50’ market gardens using sustainable gardening
      methods.

3.  We donate fresh produce to the hungry in our community.


      
We are a 501(c)3 Nonprofit!





      2018 Interns  | 2018 Activities |  Donate Now   |   Program Summary    |    Facility Plan   |    Calendar   |   Documents  |  2013   |   2014  |  2015 | 2016 | 2017 Past Interns

Advisors

  Craig Pope (Chair)
  Susan Busler (V. Chair)
  Christine Chute (Treas/Sec)
  Dean Anderson (Coordinator)
  Sally Davies
  Kathy Chiles
  Abby BreMiller
  Brian Green
 

Garden Supervisors 

  Nan Cordy
  Amelia Gardner
  Linda Fox
   Eileen Shaffer

Partners 


Dallas High School 
Master Gardeners
Polk County 4H
Polk County Family & Community Outreach
Trinity Lutheran Church
Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program

 

Other Links 

News Paper Article
Facebook
Garden Video 2013
Garden Video 2014

Article in the PCMG Newsletter



 
  Why? 

1. Our teens want jobs and need job training. --  Our young adults need jobs and job training. In a recent Polk County Youth Survey, the number one activity youth wanted was job opportunities. (2011/12 PolK County/Extension Youth Needs Assessment)


2. Our teens need to learn about food production and agriculture. -- 
”Nowhere is our disconnectedness more evident than in our systems of food and farming. Most consumers, particularly younger consumers, have no sense of where their food actually comes from. They may know that farmers grow crops and livestock, and that someone processes and packages these crops and delivers food to grocery stores and restaurants, but they have little sense of what’s involved in this process.”  (From: Reconnecting Consumers and Farmers in the Food System,  John Ikerd)


3. Our community has a problem with hunger. -- About 1 in 8 Oregon households lacked consistent access to adequate amounts of nutritious food in 2009-2011. About 1 In 20 Oregon households experienced hunger during the same time period. (
2013 USDA Hunger Report as reported by Oregon Food Bank)


 


  2013 Our First Year:

We built the market garden space behind the Trinity Lutheran Church. 
We provided stipends to six Dallas Area High School students. 
We donated over 800 lbs of fresh produce to the Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program.



  2014 


We expanded the market garden space behind Trinity Lutheran Church 
We create a small fruit tree orchard in the garden. 
We provided stipends to eight Dallas Area High School Students. 
We donated over 6000 lbs of fresh produce to the Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program. 


2015 

We doubled the size of our fruit tree orchard 
We provided stipend so eight Dallas Area High School Students and one alternate 
We improved our supervisor/mentor structure 
We expanded our leadership program 
Our interns did a great job on leadership and teamwork.


2016 

We added three fruit trees 
We provided stipend so nine Dallas Area High School Students and one alternate 
We improved updated our management structure 
We completed a great drainage project to improve garden soil 
We donated over 5700 lbs of fresh produce to the Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program. 





2017 

We hired nine interns and an alternate
We became a 501.3(c) nonprofit corporation
We harvested almost 5000 pounds of produced. 
We improved the footing in the work area.




For more information email Dean at: anderson.dean@dallasyouthgarden.org
 


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