Community Garden

 

Community Garden near Newberg

Community Garden members use their skills and time to help Mustard Seed Farms grow the produce; our farm is just like your own garden. Members can pick all the produce they need for their families. See our month-by-month list of produce at the bottom of the page. There is always lots of work to do – a variety of skills are needed to help your garden grow! (This web page is maintained with Community Garden labor)

You can sign up only when the current year’s form is on the site. Please print it and mail it to us with a check. The form for the summer program is normally available by April. You can join up through June 30 of each year. You must sign up for the winter program by August 31 and the work needs to be done by October 31, because it is too wet and cold to work in the winter.

We’re full for Winter 2016-17 Community Garden. Sorry!

Check back in April for the summer application. 

How the Community Garden Works

We had another good year in 2016 with more than 130 families signed up, the largest number ever. We may need to put a limit on the membership if it grows much more.

THE OUTLINE: The whole program is based upon 2 seasons, summer and winter, and on families, whether that is a single person, a couple, or parents and kids. The hours of work are for the whole season, can be done by 1 or more members of the family on behalf of the whole family, and all the hours need to be done by the end of the summer season. You can get the organic produce as soon you have started to put in some hours of work and some is ready. See application for hours and cost.

WHAT: Members work on the farm on their own schedule, Mon. to Sat., mostly hoeing on whatever crops need attention at that time. In exchange, they get all the organic produce that they need for their immediate family.

WHEN: There are 2 seasons, a summer one and a winter one. Work starts in May, or maybe earlier. All work for both seasons ends by Oct. 31, because of the rain.

HOW: It is a self directed program, with guidelines given by Farmer Brown & his Mrs. The members need to plan their time to work and come regularly for their produce. Check the blackboards regularly for what is available.

1. Cautionary Observation: Think long and hard about your interests and other commitments. It is hard to get all the time in without a regular farm work schedule.

2. Type of work: Most of the work Community Gardeners do is hoeing weeds, so one should be physically fit for that task.

3. Kids/Food Safety: Because of new food safety standards we have had to rethink having kids in the fields. There has always been the issue of younger kids not being around small plants and causing damage. Now the issue of keeping plants from contamination reinforces that. There is not a clearly defined rule, but generally kids too young to work are to be occupied and stay at the end of the field where parents are working if possible, or sometimes stay in the car parked near the field. Otherwise they will need to stay home.

This is a tough situation when kids are young, but sometimes one parent will come and work, or sometimes families will take care of another’s kids while the other family works and then swaps back, or grandparents take the kids, etc.

4. Organic Crops: They are listed below.

If you are a gardener and like to work with the soil, then this program may work for you. You will help us grow our crops and you will eat the finest organic produce available anywhere.

Questions?
E-MAIL: dnnbrown@stpaultel.com
PHONE: (503) 633-7333

SUMMER SEASON PRODUCE

JULY
Beans (Dragon’s Tongue, green, purple, yellow), broccoli, cucumbers, lettuce (green & red butter, green leaf, red leaf, romaine), summer squash (yellow, zucchini), boysenberries, blackberries, gold raspberries.

AUGUST

Beans (Dragon’s Tongue, green, purple, yellow), broccoli, cabbage (green, red, savoy), cantaloupes, cauliflower (orange, purple, white), corn (bicolor), cucumbers (lemon, pickling, slicing), lettuce (green & red butter, green leaf, red leaf, romaine), summer squash (yellow, zucchini), tomatoes (cherry, roma, slicing), blackberries.

SEPTEMBER

Beans (Dragon’s Tongue, green, purple, yellow), beets (Chioggia, gold,red), broccoli, cabbage (green, red, savoy), cantaloupes, cauliflower (orange, purple, white), corn (supersweet yellow), cucumbers (lemon, pickling, slicing), lettuce (green & red butter, green leaf, red leaf, romaine), onions (white, yellow), peppers (green, Anaheim, jalapeno), summer squash (yellow, zucchini), tomatoes (cherry, roma, slicing), winter squash begins, Chesterberries (pies), gold raspberries.

OCTOBER

Green beans, beets (Chioggia, gold, red), broccoli, cabbage (green, red, savoy), cantaloupes, cauliflower (orange, purple, white), corn (supersweet yellow), gourds, lettuce (green & red butter, green leaf, red leaf, romaine), onions (white, red, yellow), peppers (green, orange, red, yellow, Anaheim, jalapeno), pie pumpkins, potatoes (red, russet, Yukon gold), summer squash (zucchini), tomatoes (roma, slicing), winter squash (acorn, Black Futsu, Blue Ballet, buttercup, butternut, carnival, delicata, gold nugget, kabocha, red kabocha, red kuri, spaghetti, Sugar Dumpling, sugar loaf, sweet dumpling, sweet meat, turban), decorative squash (Cinderella, Jarrahdale, Long Island Cheese, Queensland Blue).

WINTER SEASON PRODUCE

NOVEMBER
Beets (Chioggia, gold, red), cabbage (green, red, savoy), gourds, greens (red chard, collards, kale – green, Italian, purple, red), onions (white, red, yellow), pie pumpkins, potatoes (red, russet, Yukon gold), winter squash (acorn, Black Futsu, Blue Ballet, buttercup, butternut, carnival, delicata, gold nugget, kabocha, red kabocha, red kuri, spaghetti, Sugar Dumpling, sugar loaf, sweet dumpling, sweet meat, turban), decorative squash (Cinderella, Jarrahdale, Long Island Cheese, Queensland Blue).

DECEMBER

Beets (Chioggia, gold, red), cabbage (green, red, savoy), gourds, greens (red chard, collards, kale – green, Italian, purple, red), onions (red, yellow), pie pumpkins, potatoes (red, russet, Yukon gold), winter squash (acorn, Black Futsu, Blue Ballet, buttercup, butternut, carnival, delicata, gold nugget, kabocha, red kabocha, red kuri, spaghetti, Sugar Dumpling, sugar loaf, sweet dumpling, sweet meat), decorative squash (Cinderella, Jarrahdale, Long Island Cheese, Queensland Blue).

JANUARY

Beets (Chioggia, gold, red), cabbage (green, red, savoy), greens (collards, kale – green, Italian, purple, red), onions (red, yellow), pie pumpkins, potatoes (red, russet, Yukon gold), winter squash (Black Futsu, Blue Ballet, buttercup, butternut, carnival, delicata, gold nugget, kabocha, red kuri, spaghetti, Sugar Dumpling, sugar loaf, sweet dumpling, sweet meat).

FEBRUARY

Beets (Chioggia, gold, red), cabbage (green, red, savoy), greens (collards, kale – green, red), onions (red, yellow), potatoes (red, russet, Yukon gold), winter squash (Black Futsu, Blue Ballet, carnival, gold nugget, spaghetti, Sugar Dumpling, sweet meat).

MARCH

Beets, broccoli (purple sprouting), cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale (green, red, purple), onions, potatoes.

APRIL

Broccoli (purple sprouting), cauliflower, collards, kale, onions? potatoes?