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TLC Farm 2007 Accomplishments

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TLC Farm Accomplishments in 2007

Land Projects
*Shaped bioswales and planted native plants to direct and store storm water in three different areas of TLC Farm. Transformed approximately 15,375 square feet (over a third of an acre!) from invasive blackberries into food forests and organic gardens.

*Site for the 7th Village Building Convergence, hosting workshops on food foresting, weeding for fertility, and swales/greywater. VBC participants removed blackberries, planted a food forest and re-designed the Village Green.

*Installed Portland's first public composting toilets! Along with increasing TLC Farm's ability to host visitors and classes, the toilets are a new educational tool, inspiring a PSU Master's Thesis and discussions about sewage and composting with every field trip that visits the farm.

*Successfully birthed and raised six baby goats, and sold 90 gallons of raw goat milk from TLC Farm.

Partnerships and Advocacy
*New and continuing partnerships with SERA Architects, Shining Star Waldorf School, Trackers NW, City Repair, Architects Without Borders, Architects For Humanity, Ancestral Lifeways Community, Portland Permaculture Guild, Coalition for a Livable Future, Center for a Sustainable Today, Salmon Nation, Sunroot Gardens, Cedar Moon, and more!

*Partnered with Shining Star Waldorf School to host Mother Earth Kindergarten, the nation's first bio-immersion kindergarten.

*Launched ReCode Portland, a campaign to develop new legal codes and permitting processes to allow for sustainable residential design.

Education
Hands-on Sustainability Youth Education Program
* Hosted 103 field trips to over 1200 students and 300 adult chaperones.

* 19 volunteer teachers gave 292 teacher hours

* All classes provided on a donation basis, with $5540 in donations received this year

* Held TLC Farm's first sustainability-focused summer camp and second annual youth drum camp.

* Helped catalyze networking meetings with other farm/garden educational programs in Portland

* Received a $20,000 grant from Spirit Mountain Community Fund
and hired Matt Gordon as part-time education coordinator.

Community Education
*Hosted the Earth Activist Training in May, a two-week residential permaculture design certification course for 20 participants.

*Received a $3,500 Community Watershed Grant from the Bureau of Environmental Services to construct educational land signs, and have begun to design and construct the signs.

*Completed a comprehensive guide to over 100 medicinal plants found or grown at TLC Farm, which is available both on our website and as a laminated compilation to use while visiting the farm.

*Hosted over 20 community workshops on a variety of sustainability-related topics.

*Hosted seven interns, with internships from one week to one year,

*Hosted service projects with groups including Nike, PSU, AEI, Riverdale High School, Gilkey Middle School, Lewis & Clark College, and Northwest Service Academy Americorps.

Approximately 120 volunteers gave about 8,800 hours — WOW!!! TLC Farm is truly a volunteer effort, fueled by the love and generosity of the community. Thanks for another great year!

BLOOM 2008 - THANK YOU!

When: 
Apr 26 2008 - 2:00pm - 11:55pm
BLOOM2008
THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR MAKING BLOOM 2008 A SUCCESS!

You are invited to BLOOM at TLC Farm!

BLOOM 2008:Tryon Life Community Farm's 4th Annual Spring Benefit
SATURDAY APRIL 26TH, 2PM-MIDNIGHT

Sliding scale: $10 - $50; children 12 and under free
(worktrade is available; email workshops@tryonfarm.org for more information)

This is a No Alcohol Event

Please park at Riverdale High School: 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd, PDX - 97219. A shuttle will be provided. Biking and carpooling encouraged. For more info, directions, schedule and general info, please Visit: www.tryonfarm.org/share/bloom-2008 or tryonfarm.org.

Join us on Saturday April 26th at Tryon Life Community Farm for an all day benefit celebration! At the forefront of turning vision into action, we will educate, celebrate, demonstrate, and co-create in this Permaculture haven and seven-acre preserved green space within the city of Portland. Enjoy live musical performances spanning genres of folk, world, and dance. Participate in educational workshops. Delight your senses with local, organic food, tonics, and desserts. Rejoice with friends and family the creation of an ecologically viable future within our community!

Schedule of Music and Workshops

  • 2:15-3:00 Community Yoga with Lauren Turley - Come and Start off your BLOOM experience reaching for the trees and breathing with the forest and animals! Lauren will lead us for 45 minutes through some easy and simple yoga poses to set the tone for the day's events.
  • 3:00- 4:00 Cassandra Robertson — acoustic conscious folk (www.cassandrarobertson.com)
  • 3:00- 4:00 Ivy Basket Weaving with Kiliii - Join us for a 1 hour workshop on how to harvest English Ivy and make it into a beautiful basket or other creative creation. Kiliii Yu is a local hero when it comes to reintroducing people to their natural environments and will be leading this fun and creative workshop. ( dancinghawk.com).
  • 4:00- 5:00 Zine Making 101 with Ari - Since the invention of the printing press (if not before), dissidents and marginalized citizens have published their own opinions in leaflet and pamphlet form, which in modern times is know as a 'zine'. Come and learn the basics of making a small 'magaZine' in this 1 hour workshop. Ari will be helping us assemble a zine in class and copies will be available shortly afterwards!
  • 4:15- 5:15 Njuzu Mbira — Traditional dance music of Zimbabwe (www.cdbaby.com/cd/njuzumbira)
  • 5:00- 5:30 Mushroom Walk with Jordan Weiss - Ever wanted to know more about mushrooms that grow in the area? Take a half hour walk with TLC Farm's mushroom guru and learn more about your local fungi friends and how to foster their growth.
  • 5:30- 6:15 Calynco — World Fusion born out of Calypso and Flamenco (www.calynco.com)
  • 6:15- 7:00 Dinner, "This is TLC Farm" by Jenny Leis
  • 7:00- 8:00 SaraTone — Acoustic Soul Expression and Mystical Dub (www.sonicbids.com/saratone)
  • 8:00- 9:30 Alpaca! — Dance your pants off! (www.myspace.com/alpacaband)
  • 9:45- 11:45 Off The Grid — Electronic/NuJazz (www.myspace.com/offthegridportland)

Food

  • Lulu's Raw Chocolate Alchemy is a small Portland chocolate company dedicated to bringing you chocolate as close from the tree to the table as possible. Lulu handcrafts all of her raw chocolate using fair trade, organic ingredients and sweetens it with agave nectar and lots of love. Lulu's Chocolate was born from a desire to eat pure, whole foods combined with a passion for gourmet chocolate. "I aim to please your palate and lift your spirit! " luluschocolate.com
  • Olympian Falafels are created by Harold Clark and friends as a sustainable business idea for his course work at Evergreen State College in Olypmia, Washington. These creations will be made with as many local ingredients from the Pacific Northwest as possible. (After 4pm)
  • Heartsong Herbal Brewing Company will be bringing an assortment of chai and pepper brews made in Ashland, Oregon from local and/or organic ingredients. "Raising the vibration of the nation through hydration!" www.heartsongchai.com
  • TLC Cob Oven Pizzas - If you have been to the Farm before, chances are you have had a piece of tasty pizza from the TLC Cob Oven. These pizzas will be made to order and will offer a variety of fresh spring toppings! YUM!

This is a family friendly / alcohol-free event; food and drink not included in admission price.

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

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