Welcome to Tryon Life Community Farm!

Farm goats!

As the shape of society keeps changing, TLC Farm has closed to visitors during the "shelter in place" guidance.  This was a hard decision, as this land provides so many people with a place of connection and grounding. For the health and well-being of our residential land partners, which include vulnerable elders, it seems wise.  We are especially sad to close the land right now because our baby goats are being born and few things provide the joy and comfort of baby goats! 

While this feels a bit awkward while we have closed the land, we ask for your help. TLC Farm's major sources of income are public events, workshops, and Willow Creek Forest School (the outdoor preschool).  All of these have ceased for the foreseeable future. To help bridge this financial gap, would you consider becoming a "Friend of the Farm" with a monthly donation of $10 or more? Your support now helps ensure the land will be here for you, for all of us, in that time when we can come together again, take hands and be grateful for just being together. 

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TLC Farm is a seven-acre land project and non-profit event center, surrounded by the beautiful forest of Tryon Creek State Park. Our public Village Green includes a large yurt, outdoor kitchen, tea house, bonfire area, earthen buildings, stage and Portland's first public composting toilets. The majority of the land is open space, including gardens, orchards, chicken and goat areas, and fields. (Houses on the land host independent residential collectives, Cedar Moon and the Sacred Lands Alliance.)

TLC Farm is a unique community-created venue for public and private events -- great for workshops, retreats, weddings, birthdays, meetings, parties and more.

We also teach workshops and lead educational field trips, and host regular workparties and community events.

Our Willow Creek Forest School is an outdoor, place-based farm and forest kindergarten for children ages 3-5, from September to June.

TLC Farm programs and land tending is completely community created and run by volunteers and donations. Thank you for your participation!

 

Nature Immersion Summer Camps!

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Nature immersion Summer Camps 2020
July 20-24 Crafty Kids
July 27-31 Making Plant Medicine
Aug 3-7 Natural Science
Aug 10-14 Water, Water Everywhere
 
All weeks are for ages 3-7, 9:30am-2:30pm, $300 per week
If you have any questions, please Contact Us.
 
About our unique nature-immersion summer camps:
Lead by professional teachers on the land at TLC Farm and in the surrounding forest of Tryon Creek State Park, each week children participate in exciting nature-based crafts and empowering activities such as gardening, food harvesting & preservation, cooking, herbal medicine making, crafting, natural building and woodworking. There is also time each day to visit the goats and chickens, and explore the beautiful surrounding forest. We provide a nutritious, organic snack each day and campers bring a lunch. Please read our Camp Details Page for more information before you register.
 
To register, send us a message from our contact page.  Your child’s spot will be held once we receive your payment.
All weeks of camp are Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 2:30pm, are open to 3-7 year olds, and cost $300.

 

Week 1: Crafty Kids

July 20th-24th
9:30am-2:30pm ages 3-7
 
Sometimes the best materials to make art are right where you are! We will dig for clay to make pots to bake in our cob oven, gather ivy and other plants for weaving, press flowers for collages and more. Children will be empowered to create beautiful things from natural objects they gather themselves. Each day will include time for exploring the forest, playing games and singing songs in between creations.
 
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Week 2: Plant Medicine
July 27th-31st
9:30am-2:30pm ages 3-7
Medicine is all around us! This week we will harvest plants from the farm and forest to make natural remedies for scratches, belly aches and colds to take home. Children learn the healing power of plants through story, song and hands-on work in between visits to the forest to play and explore.
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Week 3: Exploratory Scientists

August 3rd-7th
9:30am-2:30pm ages 3-7
Does your child love to discover new things about the world? In this week long camp, we will look at the world through the eyes of scientists. We will investigate natural phenomenon, learn about the scientific method and conduct experiments all in a forest setting. Experiments will involve natural materials such as "can you make an elastic band from a plant?"
 
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Week 4: Water, Water Everywhere
August 10th-14th
9:30am-2:30pm ages 3-7
Join us for a fun filled week with a focus on water. We will explore the water cycle, learn about our watershed, the effects of water on the land, get up close with how a stream works and have time for water play each day!

Supporting a more just future for the peoples of this land

Not so very long ago, the land we now call Tryon Life Community Farm was the hunting grounds of  the Tualatin Kalapuya and the Clackamas Chinook.

For thousands of years they thrived, until 200 years ago devastating diseases swept through their villages severely reducing the population. Before they had a chance to recover, waves of Euro-American colonization hit the land we now call Oregon. Years of struggle to retain tribal autonomy followed, as did many promises made and broken by the United States government. Mounting pressure for more land by white settlers led the federal government to extinguish all native claim to land in the Willamette and Tualatin valleys and forcibly remove the tribes to the Grande Ronde and other reservations in 1855.

The government then set about giving the land away to Euro-American settlers, including Hotchkiss Socrates Tryon who claimed the valley which is now his namesake park. His name is well known, even included in the name of our land project, while those from whom the land was stolen have been forgotten by many.

Why do you need to know this?  Learning and sharing the history of this land, and that of all western Oregon, is key to understanding why those who visit, volunteer, come to classes, and enjoy events here, have been predominately white. And why this needs to change.

Over the past few years, TLC Farm has been actively reshaping itself to counter this legacy of colonialism.  To do so, a new collective created by and for people of color has taken root on this land.  The Sacred Lands Alliance is working with TLC Farm volunteers to make the land and programs more accessible for frontline communities who have been alienated from thier lands. 

We can't undo the past, but we can absolutely shape the future.

Thanks for your part in making the future more just and equitable, here at TLC Farm and in all the places we collectively strive for justice.

Feedback and participation welcome! Please send bug reports to web@tryonfarm.org

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