Gathering (public)


May 8 2010 - 3:00pm - 11:55pm

Bloom 2010:   Tryon Life Community Farm's 6th Annual Spring Benefit

Saturday, May 8th,  2010


 Music  -  Workshops  -  Children's Activities -  Food  -  Community


Omiza River  -  SaraTone & The Earth Gospel Choir  -  Acoustic Minds  -  Watertower Bucket Boys  -  DJ Obe -

Erico Schleicher  -  Maralena Murphy  -  Village Free School  -  The American Center for Sustainability - 

The Cedar Moon Community

and YOU!!! 


Tryon Life Community Farm

Earth Skills Gathering

May 15 2010 - 8:00am - May 16 2010 - 5:00pm
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Earth Skills Gathering

Saturday and Sunday May 15 & 16th



TIMES: The gathering will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday.  Please be here at or before 9am in order to register for workshops, meet the teachers and orient yourself to the Farm.  Most of the activities of the day will be ending around 5pm.  We invite folk to stay until 8pm on Saturday only!!, and ask that on Sunday everybody depart promptly after the workshops are over.

PARKING: THERE WILL BE NO CAR PARKING ONSITE AT THE FARM OR IN THE PARKING LOT AT THE TOP OF OUR DRIVEWAY!  The only way to arrive at the Farm by car is to park in the Riverdale High School parking lot (it is just down the road from the farm: 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd.  Portland 97219) and hop onto our shuttle (there will be signs).  Since carpooling is highly recommended, we will allow drivers to drop their passengers at the top of the driveway to the Farm before parking at the high school.

The shuttle will be running every 10 minutes according to the following time schedule:

Saturday: 8am – 11am, 5pm – 6pm, 7pm – 8pm

Sunday: 8am – 10am, 4pm - 6pm (everyone must be off the land by 6pm on Sunday!)

Hint: Riding your bike is a much better option than driving!  Onsite bike parking is available. 


MONEY: THIS EVENT IS NOT FREE!  This is a ‘pay as you are able’ event.  Some workshops will cost money to cover supplies.  This money goes directly to the teachers.  Additionally, TLC Farm will be collecting financial donations.  We are a non-profit organization that needs money in order to survive in the ‘system’.  Until major changes occur in the empire, we still need to pay our mortgage.  We are counting on each Earth Skills Gathering attendee to contribute fair compensation to TLC Farm for the services provided.


FOOD: We will do our best to get food donated for this event, but we will not be able to feed everyone unless YOU bring food for the community kitchen, too!   Food contributions will be served for lunch both days as well as dinner on Saturday for those who choose to stay for the evening.  If you have food allergies/intolerances/concerns, feel free to pack your own picnic lunch & snacks to bring along.  There is also a New Seasons grocery store a mile and a half up the road (walking distance).  


CHILDREN: There is NOT childcare provided at the Earth Skills Gathering.  We are arranging the schedule of events so that throughout the day there are workshop options that are child-friendly, but children under the age of 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult.  Parents are responsible to know where your children are AT ALL TIMES.  This is a working farm with potential hazards as well as garden and animal care that is delicate and nuanced.  Children are NOT permitted to run wild on the land. 


DOGS: ALL dogs MUST be on leashes AT ALL TIMES.  No exceptions.


CAMPING: There is limited tent camping available only for those who make reservations ahead of time (before Friday the 14th).  The cost of camping is a sliding scale: $10 - $25 for the weekend (Friday and/or Saturday nights.  NO CAMPING ON SUNDAY NIGHT.)  We do not have space for any campers/trailers/rv’s – tent camping only!!  For details about parking, setting up, timing, etc… or to make a camping reservation, please email Kelly at:


REQUESTS:  If you have firewood to contribute to this event, please bring some along (especially if you will be working on hides or sharing a skill that requires fire).  Also, we are putting a call out to anyone with brains [extra brains - for brain tanning].  If you have hides that you are working on (at any stage in the process), feel free to bring them.  We will have a space set up for hide tanning.

Please note that there is a 23 person intentional community at TLC Farm.  Although there will be a few workshops that take place on the south end of the land, the majority of the Earth Skills Gathering activity will be focused in the area that we call the Village Green.  This is the northern-most area that has the fire pit, the outdoor kitchen, the composting toilets, and multiple other covered areas.  We have a commitment to the people who live in the community to keep our energy/activity/noise, etc… focused in the Village Green so as not to disrupt the daily lives of those living on the land.  Please do not enter any of the private residences (any building with a door except for the upstairs barn office, composting toilets, sauna and greenhouse).      

THIS IS A FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT!  This means: NO SMOKING (except in the designated areas at the very bottom or top of the driveway), NO ALCOHOL AND NO NUDITY.  Please be aware of the language that you use and the energy that you bring.

Many Blessings,

TLC Farm Crew

TEACHERS: Someone will be available all day on Friday (the 14th) at the Farm in order for you to come and drop off supplies, etc…  We are happy to show you what space you’ll be working in so that you can let us know of any arrangements or needs that we can accommodate for you.



May 9 2009 - 1:00pm - 11:55pm

You are invited to BLOOM at TLC Farm!

Bloom 2009: Tryon Life Community Farm's 5th Annual Spring Benefit - - - - - - - THIS SATURDAY, May 9th, 1:00pm-MIDNIGHT - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Music - Workshops - Food - Community - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -THIS IS A BENEFIT FOR TRYON LIFE COMMUNITY FARM - - - - - - Join us on THIS Saturday May 9th 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. This is a No Alcohol Event Sliding Scale: $10-$30 (worktrade Biking & Carpooling strongly encouraged. Shuttle Provided: Please Park @ Riverdale High School - 9727 SW Terwilliger-PDX-97219.

**MUSIC Schedule**


  • 2:30-3:30pm Backyard Chicken Workshop with Sue Romas: Been thinking about getting chickens? Now is the perfect time! Find out the basics about backyard chicken keeping and get your questions answered. We'll visit all of TLC Farm's awesome DIY chicken set up, from homemade incubator to chicken tractor to layer-house-on-wheels.
  • 3:45-4:45pm Medicinal Herb Walk around TLC Farm and Tryon Creek State Park, with Judy BlueHorse Skelton: An acclaimed native educator and herbalist, Judy will introduce many native and cultivated herbs and discuss their healing qualities.
  • 5:00-6:00pm Educational Tour of TLC Farm with Jenny Leis: Our most enthusiastic and informative tour guide, Jenny will teach about TLC Farm's history, education programs and innovative approaches to sustainable building and community.

**Plant Sale** The Portland based non-profit, The American Center for Sustainability's Plant Project will be supporting Tryon Life Community Farm this Spring at Bloom! For the past two years, the ACS Plant Project has supported garden sites throughout the Portland community and surrounding areas by providing over 50,000 free plant starts. In 2009, the ACS Plant Project has expanded our region of service to include garden sites throughout Oregon. In neighboring cities and rural communities, from Portland to Medford and out to Pendleton, ACS has the privilege of supporting projects who are committed to achieving sustainability through healthy food production. ACS is excited to grow our partnership with Tryon Life Community Farm at this year's Bloom event. Please come and support the farm and ACS through a bountiful Plant Sale filled with 50 varieties of herbs, flowers, and edible plant starts! **Event Sponsors** KBOO - Earth Abstract Project - Tastebud - LuLu's Raw Chocolate Alchemy - The American Center for Sustainability - This is a family friendly / alcohol-free event; food and drink not included in admission price. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (Special Thanks to Rob Pellicer for design and love. – - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

6th Annual Holiday Open House: December 13, 2-5pm

Dec 13 2009 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Open House, Dec 2007

Thanks to all who came for a wonderful afternoon!

Please join us for TLC Farm's 6th Annual Holiday Open House!

Share wine, cheese & other goodies with the TLC Farm community, listen to good music, meet lively folk, and take a tour of TLC Farm including our new greenhouse and beautiful barn loft office.

This is one of our favorite gatherings of the year, and our longest running public event. Even last year, in a downpour of snow, hardy neighbors trekked to the farm and kept up the open house tradition!

The open house is free, and we encourage you to bring your holiday donation, or donate online through the Give!Guide at the party. We hope to see you there!

Thanks to all our new Friends of the Farm!

Jul 15 2009 (All day) - Oct 31 2009 (All day)
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From July 15th to October 31st, we ran our first ever Friends of the Farm Participation Drive and we welcome all our new Friends!

Friends of the Farm are supporters who pledge a monthly or annual donation to TLC Farm. The reliable support of our Friends makes possible the innovative work of TLC Farm: building community and changing culture though offering community education about permaculture, organic gardening natural building, sustainable urban ecology, forest and watershed protection, medicinal plants, and more!

Thank you to our new Friends of the Farm! Your names are now on our Fall FOF Drive Sunflower (see photo)!!

1. Miles Uchida
2. Charla Chamberlain
2. Brenna Bell
4. Jenny Leis
5. Bernhard Bach
6. Amy Harwood
7. Tod Sloan
8. Matt Gordon
9. Viridian, Joshua and Cat
10. Emi Soga
11. Laura Dvorak
12. Ashlee Albies
13. Jimmy Clarizio and Jacqui McGrath
14. Monica Cuneo
15. Angela LeVan
16. Naomi
17. Diana Harris
18. Robert van Pelt
19. Lee Cowan
20. Spindle
21. Teresa Keane
22. Gabe
23. Max
24. Adan & Aera
25. Brush
26. Lee Spiker
27. Elena Wood
28. Hyacinth
29. Katherine
30. brush
31. Tom P.
32. Matthew Bristow
33. Ben Haile
34. Gabe Shaddy-Farnsworth
35. Eric Miller
36. John and Margaret Delacey
37. Charles Dvorak
38. Brent Foster

If you missed the drive, you can still become a Friend of the Farm today. Click on to activate an automatic monthly withdrawal, or contact or call 503-245-3847 to discuss other ways of becoming a Friend of the Farm.

Harvest Festival & Benefit Auction - Sept. 19

Sep 19 2009 - 3:00pm - Sep 20 2009 - 12:00am
Harvest Fest fun!

You're invited to Tryon Life Community Farm's Annual Harvest Festival!
Saturday, September 19th from 3pm-midnight
(rain or shine - we're prepared for all possible weather events!)

The Harvest Fest has something for everyone, including:
Live music-
Omiza River -
Max Ribner & Friends -
Ate Bit -
Right On John -

Pie-baking contest -
Bring your favorite pie for the group to share, with prizes for the favorite sweet and savory pies.

Live auction & raffle -
See below for full descriptions of the live auction items. . .

Other activities include:
Mushroom workshop with Jordan Weiss
Kids Craft projects and puppet show
Apple Cider Press

We will be serving pizza from the Cob Oven, as well as other yummy treats!

$10-20 sliding scale (food not included)

Biking & Carpooling strongly encouraged.
Shuttle Provided: Please Park @ Riverdale High School - 9727 SW Terwilliger-PDX-97219.

This is a benefit for TLC Farm's community sustainability education programs.
[worktrade available - volunteer for two hours to get in free. Contact for more information]

Event Schedule:
3 pm - doors open
3:30-5 - Omiza River
4:30-5:30 - Mushroom Workshop
5:30 - Right-on John
7 - Farm presentation and Live Auction
8-9:30 - Max Ribner & Friends
10 - 11:30 - Ate Bit

Live Auction Items:
Enjoy the beautiful Edgefield, with one night's lodging for two in a Queen room with a shared-bath. The Edgefiled is located in Troutdale, right at the mouth of the Columbia Gorge.
Donor: McMenamin's

Treat yourself to a mid-week stay at Breitenbush Hot Springs resort – one night for two, or two nights for one. This includes a cabin, three delicious organic meals and use of the amazing hotsprings and sauna.
Donated by: Breitenbush Hot Springs

Spend the weekend in a quaint cabin surrounded by with old growth, next to a rushing creek. It has a little bedroom with a double bed, sofabed in the main room, and a loft. There is a wood stove for heat, and an electric stove for cooking. Near the Zigzag River and a ten minute walk to Rhododendron.
Enjoy your retreat with two bottles of exceptional Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Helvetia Vineyard.
Donated by: Brett VandenHuevel, Ben Haile and Helvetia Vineyard.

Have a lovely night with a $40 gift certificate for Pastini Pastaria, two bottles of Montinore Pinot Gris, and
twelve artisan truffles from Wingnut Confections
Donated by: Pastini, Montinore Estates, Wingnut Confections

Have your next birthday/retirement/anniversary/just for fun party at TLC Farm. We'll provide pizza dough, sauce and baking as well as use of the outdoor kitchen and Village Green for up to 5 hours for you and 20 guests.
Donated by: Tryon Life Community Farm

A pampering and empowering tutorial on making your own facial care products. From the home garden and cupbord we will create a facial steam blend and mask tailored to the skin types of the womb-en attending. We will do facial steams and massages on each other. You may bring wine, hors-d'oeuvres, tarot cards, womb-en's poetry, or other additions to this relaxing and beautiful sisterly occasion.
donated by: Lena Moon

Bring the amazing harmonies and inspiring lyrics of Omiza River to your home or favorite venue for an evening of musical enchantment
Proceeds from this item support the Mother Earth School
donated by: Keith & Tanyia Hall

August Workshops: Preserving Summer's Bounty and Making Herbal Medicines

Aug 8 2009 (All day) - Aug 18 2009 (All day)
Judy's Herb Walk Workshop

Join us for some fantastic August Workshops, focusing on Food and Herbs

Create Your own Pantry: two classes with Chris Musser from Lost Arts Kitchen
Saturday, August 8

Yes We Can (and Freeze and Dry): Preserve fruit for the winter 10am-1pm
In one class, learn to can, freeze, and dry fruit. We'll make Jam, freeze whole fruit, and make fruit leather, using seasonally available fruit

Lactofermentation: Naturally Preserving Summer's Bounty 2pm-4pm
In this class, we'll make lactofermented pickles, cabbage, kale, and
salsa! Try your hand at this ancient preservation technique that enhances
food's nutritional value and tastes delicious!

All participants will take home food they preserved. Cost is $40 for the morning class, $30 for the afternoon, or $60 for both

For More information about Lost Arts Kitchen: Slow Food Traditions for Modern Life, visit

Making Herbal Medicine with Judy BlueHorse Skelton
Sunday, August 9, 2-5 pm
Learn about traditional herbal medicine making, including teas, salves and tinctures, from extraordinary herbalist Judy BlueHorse.
$25 for the class, includes materials for medicines that you'll take home.

Herb Classes with Erico Schleicher of the Elderberry School

Basics of Botany and Wildcrafting, August 11th, 10am-1pm
Learn the basics of botany, then delve into the local plants and herbs of the Tryon Creek watershed during a plant walk in Tryon Creek State Park. $25 for the class.

Experience-based Herbalism, August 18th, 10 am- 1 pm
Learn about the properties of herbs through direct personal experience with the plants. Also discuss the role of a community herbalist and healer. $25 for the class.

Celebrate the Snow! 5th Annual Holiday Open House - TODAY, December 14th, 2-5 pm

Dec 14 2008 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

TLC Farm's Holiday Open House is still on! Come enjoy the beautiful snow at the farm, and join the TLC Farm community at our longest running event: our annual holiday open house!

The event is free and open to all, and for every donation made to TLC Farm at the open house, the Board of Directors will match (up to a total of $2000). Also, everyone who gives $100 or more will be entered into a raffle for a weekend at a fantastic cottage at Cannon Beach.

If the snow keeps you away, we understand! But you can still be a part of the community fundraising effort.
-- Give today online, at and not only
will you get great incentives from Willamette Week, your gift will
be eligible for the matching gift and the raffle; or
-- Send in a check and write "holiday party" in the memo, and your gift
will be eligible for the matching gift and the raffle.

TLC Farm depends on your generosity to keep our programs running - and we deeply appreciate your support. Have a beautiful snowy day!!

Thanks for a great Harvest Festival!

Sep 21 2008 - 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Cornucopia 2007: eating, drinking, making merry!

Thanks to all who braved the rain (and got rewarded by both a miraculous downpour and many rain-free hours) and joined us for our annual Harvest Festival and Benefit Auction.

From the fantastic food & drink, to the amazing music, to the friendships made & strengthened, to the impromptu vegetable mandala created in the circle garden, it was a day filled with delight!

So many thanks go out to the generous donors who provided food, wine, and all sorts of wonderful auction items, as well as our bands:
Kathryn Claire, Jackstraw, and Omiza River.

We look forward to visiting with you all again soon!

Village Building Convergence - begins May 23rd!

May 23 2008 - 4:00pm - Jun 1 2008 - 12:00pm
VBC at TLC Farm

This is TLC Farm's fifth year as a Village Building Convergence site, and we're excited to be hosting a number of fun projects and workshops.

The Village Building Convergence (VBC) is a 10-day citywide event from Friday, May 23rd – Sunday, June 1, 2008 in which neighborhoods activate to build shared public places that they have envisioned, designed, funded, and will maintain for themselves. The VBC will include hands-on education in permaculture design and construction, ecological building, and public art.

Each evening, the public is invited to gather for presentations and music at Bossanova, 722 E Burnside, from 5pm to late. For more details about the VBC, visit the City Repair websire at

TLC Farm is having a more limited project schedule this year, with public projects and workshops on May 24, 25, 29, 30 & 31st. Work parties will run from 10am - 5pm each day and lunch will be provided to volunteers.

VBC 8 Schedule at TLC Farm

Schedule of general projects:
Friday, May 23rd – garden projects & prep for the week
Saturday, May 24th – Earthen plastering on the dragon bench
Sunday, May 25th – Earthen plastering on the dragon bench
Thursday, May 29th – Earthen plastering & burnishing on the dragon bench
Friday 30th – Touch up earthen painting on other projects (bench and cob oven); build & plant herb spiral.
Saturday 31st – garden projects and complete any remaining plastering/earthen painting

Schedule of workshops:
Sheet Mulching Workshop
May 24th, 3-5pm
Living healthy soil is a key for producing healthy plants and nutritious food. Come learn how to build abundant soil through the process of sheet mulching.
Led by: Bonsai Matt

EcoRoof Workshop
Sunday May 25th, 12-4pm - Rain-cancelled: To Be Rescheduled
Install a living roof on one of TLC Farm's educational land signs. The workshop will include: 'a permacultural approach to living roofing -- using what's readily available, low-tech and self-sustaining, resulting in a simple, low-cost DIY model eco-roof.
Led by: Joel Carver

Plant Propagation Workshop
Sunday May 25th, 2-4:00 pm
Led by: Marisha Auerbach (Olympia, WA) and Bonsai Matt

Integrated Animal Stewardship
Sunday May 25th, 3pm-5pm
Examine the role of small livestock in integrated design systems at Tryon Life Community Farm. TLC Farm has goats and chickens and is actively transforming their care and housing to be more in line with permaculture principles. The workshop will discuss some basics of goat and chicken care, examine how animals can be helpful parts of a farm ecosystem, and touch on the many ethical considerations in animal husbandry.
Led by: Brenna Bell & Sue Romas

Art with Nature
Thursday May 29th, 2pm-5pm
Join Nature at TLC Farm to perform what he calls ‘Earth Meditation Consciousness’ and co-create sacred space. Mysteries will be answered by simply listening to the land. Come heal the land and your relationship with her, by immersing yourself fully in the forest.
Led by: Nature Hogan

Water Re-Use Discussion
Friday May 30th, 3-5 pm
Discuss the ins and outs of graywater and rainwater re-use with one of the country's leading experts – Art Ludwig, founder of Oasis Design.
led by: Art Ludwig

Rocket Stove & Workshop
Saturday May 31st, 1-5:00 pm
Join visiting experts from Aprovecho in assembling and installing a one-pot rocket stove in the TLC outdoor kitchen. The workshop will include a history of Aprovecho’s international involvement in the rocket stove movement, and the importance of increasing wood fire efficiency while lessoning harmful emissions. You will also get to build your very own pocket rocket stove. The hands on building portion of the workshop will display in detail the internal functions of a rocket stove, explain combustion basics, and how to efficiently capture heat. In addition you will learn about a great energy-saving cooking technology that everyone can make easily: a haybox!"
Led by: Tao Orion

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