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Educational Garden Work Party, June 1, 1-4 pm

When: 
Jun 1 2024 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
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We're making a garden specifically for our education field trip progam by turning a patch of weeds into a garden kids can eat from and dig in. 

Come join volunteers from the education team to get this garden going - Saturday, June 1 from 1-4 pm.  We'll provide the tools, snacks and good fun. 

If you are interested in joining, please contact brenna(at)tryonfarm.org. 

Community Potluck Sat. June 28

When: 
Jun 28 2024 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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Join us for our next monthly TLC Farm Community Potluck and Song circle!

 

We’ll gather in the Outdoor Kitchen at 6 pm. We'll eat outside around the picnic tables then shift to the fire pit for a sing circle. Please bring food and/or drink to share if you are able and we’ll provide dishes and utensils.

 

We look forward to sharing food, community and songs with you!

Join a TLC Farm Volunteer Team!

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We have multiple ongoing Volunteer Teams that need more volunteers! 
 
The next general Volunteer Orientation is Saturday, April 27 from 4-6 pm (right before the Community Potluck, which you are welcome to stay for!)
 
TLC Farm Land Tending Team: responsible for the care of the grounds and physical structures on the land. This year, we'll be hosting work parties to remove invasive species, build a new structure in the Village Green, and maintain the gravel path that crosses the land. We have a few new projects we'd love to launch if we find volunteers! These include an Adopt a Plot program, starting a TLC garden plot, invasive/aggressive species inventory, and reaching out to local colleges to be included as a potential site for capstone/research projects. 
 
If you want to join in the fun, come to our regular monthly Land Tending work party from 10 am-12 pm on the last Saturday of each month, then stay for our Land Tending Volunteer Team meeting from 12-1pm.
 
TLC Farm Outdoor Education Team:
 
Do you like working outdoors with kids? Are you passionate about teaching youth a range of sustainability topics including gardening, natural building, or restoration?
 
Join our Outdoor Education Volunteer Team! This team helps lead youth outdoor education tours and events at TLC Farm. Our program engages youth from preschool through college in an interactive farm tour and hands-on activities and lessons on specific sustainability themes such as gardening, permaculture, natural building, restoration, medicinal plants, forest ecology, and more.
 
Volunteer Educators help lead youth field trip activities at Tryon Life Community Farm using activities from TLC Farm's curriculum. Training will be provided. No experience is necessary, although previous experience working with youth is a huge bonus. 
 
TLC Farm Workshop Team: helps plan and organize educational workshops at TLC Farm. Tasks include outreach and communication with workshop teachers, organizing and planning the logistics of the workshop and hosting the event. 
 
TLC Farm Outreach Team: helps promote workshops, events, and the TLC Farm in general. Tasks include outreach, distributing fliers, posting on websites, tabling, fundraising, and more. 
 
Tasks can be divided up among team members depending on your capacity, interests, and schedule. If you're interested in the Workshop or Outreach team, contact our Engagement Coordinator at engagement@tryonfarm.org 

What happened at TLC Farm in 2023?

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TLC Farm hosted many happenings this year and looks forward to many more in 2024!  

 

A place to Gather

  • Monthly movie nights

  • Potlucks and song circles

  • Monthly anti-social socials

  • Hosting meetings and conversations: Oregon Humanities, Jewish Voice for Peace, an evening with legendary activist Ben Morea, Pacific NW Forest Climate Alliance

A place to Learn

  • Willow Creek Forest School – pre-school & summer camps

  • TLC Farm’s Hands-on outdoor education program hosted field trips from Catlin Gabel School, Sabin School, Audubon Summer Camps, Renaissance Arts School, Carpe Diem, University if Portland, Lewis & Clark College, Girl Scout troops and more!

  • Workshops on native food sovereignty and basket making

  • Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine classroom

A place to Celebrate

  • Annual Apple Fest – with over 200 people!

  • Tu B’shvat Seders with Havurah Shalom and Forest Defenders

  • Seven birthday parties – from one year old to 45

A place to Grow

Many work parties focused on removing invasive species and tending the ecosystem. Partners included Tryon Creek Watershed Council, Village Building Convergence, and Connecting Canopies, and the awesome goat herd!

 

And, if you prefer a month by month breakdown: 

February: Tu B'shvat Seder, Land tending workparty

March: Watershed-wide Restoration Day, Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine starts its eight-month program, baby goats born

May: Potluck & Song circle, Fry Bread & First Foods event; Educational tour and service projects with students from Carpe Diem, Catlin Gabel & Sabin schools.

June: T-Whale deconstruction work parties; Village Building Convergence restoration project, TLC Farm tour & volunteer orientation, educational tour and service projects with Renaissance Arts school students, conversation with Ben Morea

July: Willow Creek Forest School summer camps; Get Plastered: Natural building work party; Land tending work parties, Audubon farm & forest camp; Pride movie night.

August: 3 Land tending work parties; Farm tour & volunteer service project; Apple cider pressing; Hoot movie night.

September: Willow Creek Forest School pre-school starts; Movement movie night for social justice.

October: Apple Festival! Scout field trip and service project. No Ivy Day!

November: Community potluck; Invasive species identification, clearing, and basket weaving work party!

December: Another invasive species clearing & basket weaving work party!

Learn more about Willow Creek Forest School

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Willow Creek Forest School is TLC Farm's outdoor, place-based preschool for children 3-5 years old.
 
Children enjoy a consistent daily rhythm in which they can allow their imaginations to blossom and be immersed in the magic of the forest, while learning to be good stewards to the land and each other. The flow of the day includes: crafts, homesteading skills, plant medicine-making, snack time provided by the school (including bread baked in the cob oven!), circle time, plenty of time in the forest and special festival days – all guided by songs and stories inspired by the changing seasons on the land. 
 
School runs for 9 months, Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30am-1:30pm, with an option to add aftercare each day until 3:00. Visit WillowCreekForestSchool.org for more information and to enroll. 
 
About Teacher Hindi: Hindi has been working with children in various settings for 20 years, and has been living on the land at TLC Farm for two years. For the past two years, she worked with Montessori preschool programs while dreaming about starting her own program. She loves sharing this magical land with children!
 
 

Become a Friend of the Farm!

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We're in the midst of a campaign to grow our Friends of the Farm  - the committed, generous, creative people who sustain TLC Farm through monthly donations - with a goal of rasing $100 more per month. This could look like 10 people giving $10 per month, or 4 people giving $25, or all the other possible combinations!

TLC Farm is committed to keeping our land and programs econimically accessible, which means our programs are offered on a sliding scale and we work to make use of the land available to all groups, regardless of ability to pay. Our generous donors help make this approach possible. Become a Friend of the Farm today!

It makes a difference to become a Friend of the Farm!

Stability: Our program income and other fundraising is cyclical, ebbing and flowing throughout the year; regular contributions from Friends provide a reliable source of income each month to meet our financial obligations.

Joy: It feels great to give, and it feels great to receive – generosity makes everyone involved happier.

Leverage: Honestly, it looks good to foundations and major donors to have a solid base of regular financial supporters. Providing stability helps us obtain larger donations.

Demonstration of the Grassroots: As witnessed with the “Save the Farm” campaign, thousands of people each giving what they can really does add up to significant numbers. TLC Farm is an inspiring demonstration of the spirit of community, part of which is regular giving.

Help us meet our goal: become a Friend of the Farm and THANKS!

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