Gathering (public)

APPLE FESTIVAL, October 1, 1-4 pm

Oct 1 2023 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Join us at TLC Farm's annual celebration of all things apple - this event will include:
  • fresh apple cider pressing and drinking.  Please bring a jar to fill with cider to take home!
  • tasting apples for multiple varieties.  Select varieties will be available for pruchase.
  • hard cider tasting (also available for purchase),
  • apple-themed games, and
  • apple dessert contest (bring your favorite apple concoction!).
This is a fundraiser for TLC Farm's education program, and we ask for a donation of $10-20 per person (kids 12 and under are free!).  Come enjoy the appley fun with us!
We will also include a brief volunteer information session for potential volunteers to learn about the many ways you can get more deeply involved with the farm. There are opportunities big and small, depending on your desires and dreams – whether you’re just looking to get your hands dirty for a day or become an ongoing volunteer. Volunteer opportunities include land tending, invasive species removal, native species planting, environmental education leaders, school field trip guides, natural/sustainable building, event hosting, outreach, admin, fundraising, and so much more! We are open to your ideas and brainstorming!
Parking is very limited, so please carpool! We'll be parking at the farm and the lot of our neighbors at Sturdi-Built Greenhouses. There will be volunteers on site to help you park.
We are looking for volunteers to help with this event! If you are interested, please send an email to the volunteer coordinator, Melissa, at

POSTPONED: Movie Night: 9 to 5 on Wed. Sept. 13th

Sep 13 2023 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
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Unfortunately, we have to postpone this month's movie night due to Covid (we have it!). We'll reschedule soon.

Celebrate Labor Day slightly late with the worker's rights classic movie 9 to 5.  I haven't seen this one since it came out in the eighties, but I'm hoping that the story of women workers striking back at their bosses has aged well :)

We'll start the movie at 7:30 pm - and will be sending everyone home with plums and asian pears. 

Building Work Parties This Month

Aug 27 2023 - 10:00am - 3:00pm


All Building work parties are ON HOLD until we get a finalized design from the contractor. To get on the update list for when the next work party date is set, send an email to


Are you interested in building your building skills? We just demolished a 200 square foot building on TLC Farm to make way for our new building project: the Hexi Building! This multi-use structure will be in the shape of a hexagon and serve as a covered space for our outdoor children’s school, community workshops, and farm events.

Lunch and light snacks will be provided.

Please RSVP or email to coordinate individual volunteer times at

Apple Fest, September 23, 2-5 pm

Sep 23 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us to celebrate that best of fruits - the APPLE! 

For our fourth annual Apple Festival, we'll explore many wonderful ways to engage with apples - including:

  • apple tastings of our many heirloom apple varietals, including Spitzenberg, Liberty, Brown Russet, Gold Rush, Tompkin's King, Calville Blanc D'Hivre, and more!
  • apple cider pressing,
  • apple-themed cocktails,
  • an apple pie contest (bring your best pie!), and
  • sharing songs to sing to apple trees.

We'll also have a tour of TLC Farm, with a special emphasis on the orchard, and music and activities for all.
This is a fundraiser for TLC Farm's educational programs with a suggested donation of $10-20, but no one turned away for lack of funds (kids are free!). 
As always, there is no onsite parking!  Ride your bike or organize carpools and catch the shuttle at Riverdale High School (9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd.)

Tenth Anniversary Celebration & Bloom! Sunday, June 19th

Jun 19 2016 - 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Bloom Tea House

Tryon Life Community Farm has been sowing and harvesting community for 10 fantastic years! The summer solstice is right around the corner! Dads are great!  There are so many marvelous reasons to join us on Sunday, June 19th for our Bloom Festival. Let's celebrate!

This year's Bloom will be a Festival of the Collectival: an opportunity to bring your creativity, your performance, your favorite dish, and your loved ones together on the land to share in one anothers' gifts.

From 2 pm to 9 pm, the land will be alive with different activities and offerings, including:

  • Medicinal Plant walk
  • Theater games!
  • Earthen Plaster workshop
  • Visiting with the baby goats
  • Open mic (share music, theater, jokes, etc!)
  • Opportunities to offer and enjoy workshops
  • Good food  - we'll provide some, and ask you bring a dish to share
  • Bonfire and dance party, with Owl Antique and Medicine Web

It's the Collectival that makes the Festival fabulous!   Would you like to perform/present/bring something or volunteer? Please contact Brenna at brenna(at) and let me know! Check out our Facebook Event, and invite your friends.

Suggested Donation: $10 (or more!)   No one turned away for lack of funds ♥

There is no parking at the farm. Please carpool; bike, or catch the continuous shuttle running from Riverdale High School at 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, OR 97219.

Village Building Convergence, June 3-7

Jun 3 2016 (All day) - Jun 7 2016 (All day)

 It's Cob Time again at TLC Farm!

Village Building Convergence: June 3rd-7thgreenhouse entrance redesign
Once again, we'll get muddy together as we participate in our 11th VBC; this year, we'll be hosting natural building work parties to transform our  greenhouse using cob and other building techniques to create both a beautiful community gathering place and also a sturdy thermal mass wall to help regulate the greenhouse temperature.  This addition complements our new ethnobotanical educational garden/ gathering area. 

Join us for work parties Friday June 3rd through Tuesday June  7th,  

10:00 am – 4:00 pm every day.
No natural building experience necessary!  As always, parking is very limited so please carpool or bike, or catch the shuttle that will be leaving from the VBC central venue (The Refuge, 116 SE Yamhill St, Portland OR 97214) a half hour before work parties begin and returning in time for the evening events. A simple, delicious, nutritious lunch will be provided!
Visit the City Repair site to get more information about VBC projects citywide and the evening events.

Apple Festival, Saturday October 10th, 2-6 pm

Oct 10 2015 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm
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Yes - it's even happening in the rain!!
Join us to celebrate that best of fruits - the APPLE!  For our second annual Apple Festival, we'll explore the many wonderful ways to engage with apples - including apple tastings of our many heirloom apple varietals, apple cider pressing, bobbing for apples, an apple pie bake-off and sharing songs to sing to apple trees.
We'll also have a tour of TLC Farm, with a special emphaisis on the orchard, and music and activities for all.
This is a fundraiser for TLC Farm's educational programs with a suggested donation of $10, but no one turned away for lack of funds. 
As always, there is no onsite parking! Park at Riverdale Highschool, 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd. (which is 1/2 mile away)  and catch our shuttle - which will run every 15 minutes.  You're welcome to drop passengers off at TLC Farm and return to Riverdale to park and catch the shuttle.

Harvest Festival and Skillshare, October 2, noon-midnight

Oct 2 2010 - 12:00pm - 11:55pm
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Come celebrate the season by sharing skills, music, food and community for TLC Farm's annual Harvest Festival - so much is happening!  Check out the detailed schedule is below.

There will be snacks, treats, and cob oven pizza for purchase, and a silent auction to raise money for the non-profit education work we do, so bring some funds for that!

Transportation (note: no onsite parking, and shuttle stop has changed)
1. Hike or bike to 11640 SW Boones Ferry Road in Portland
2. Take the #12 bus or drive to Barbur Transit Center -- 9750 SW Barbur Blvd  -- and be picked up by TLC Farm's biodiesel shuttle running on the half hour and the hour

Cost: Sliding scale $10-20 per adult. Children under 12 are free. Worktrade available if arranged in advance - contact to volunteer.

Schedule of Workshops, Music and More!:

12noon: Traditional Dance Ceremony

12:30: Wool Felting with Samantha Backer of Tinctoria, Making Natural Paint with Joshua Klyber of Living Walls; Omiza River plays at the main stage

1pm: Opening Circle

2pm: Sewing Circle, Food Preservation workshop with Connie Van Dyke, Herbal Medicine with Judy BlueHorse Seklton; Hope Medford drumming workshop at Main Stage

3pm:  Water Ceremony with Robert Van Pelt, Tracking with Tony Deis from Trackers NW, Music Jam; Hope Medford and Tre Arrow play at main stage

4pm: Non-visual Plant Identification with Becky Lerner, Winterizing your Beehive with Jackie Friedman;O Horizon plays at main stage

7pm: Meddle plays at the Main Stage

8pm:The Dapper Cadavers play at the Main Stage

9pm:Lynnae Griffin performance at Main Stage

10pm - Midnight:TLC Farm All Stars Music Jam

Any questions?  Give us a call (503)245-3847 or email!

Village Building Convergence Happenings, May 31, June 1, 6, 7th

May 31 2015 (All day) - Jun 7 2015 (All day)

Village Building Convergence at TLC Farm

May 31 & June 1 and June 6

We're happy to be participating in another great Village Building Convergence - our tenth one!  The VBC is a 10-day "Urban Permaculture Extravaganza" organized by the City Repair Project, with natural building and community-focused projects happening all over the city.

On May 31 and June 1, we'll be re-painting our beloved Tea Whale and using earthen plaster to finish our new seven-sided building. 

On June 6th we'll apply some permaculture design techniques to the garden, building an herb spiral and sheet mulching garden beds. 

We will be hosting work days from 10am to 4pm on May 30-31 and June 6, and running a shuttle to the VBC main venue at the beginning and end of each work day (RSVP for the shuttle).  Lunch, snacks and a delightful time will be provided! For more information, contact Jeffrey or call 503-245-3847.  

VBC Evening Event: Sunday June 7

"Singing-Alive" Song Circle, Snackluck, and Sauna
June 7th, 6 - 10pm
We've done it! For the final night of the VBC, Tryon Life Community Farm invites you to come celebrate all of the amazing work we've all done.  Please come join us for a "Singing-Alive" inspired evening where we will gather together at TLC Farm surrounded by beautiful forest and share space through the power of Song.

This is a time to share and learn new and old songs and be nourished by the beauty of voice, regardless of ones singing experience.  We will have multiple singing circles at a time and YOU are welcome to help hold a circle if you feel inspired.  There will be some snacks available, and we ask that if you are able to please bring more! Oh, and we will be firing up our wonderful earthen sauna for the occasion (note: the sauna is clothing optional).

What to Bring:
- you, your friends, and your beautiful voices
- any snacks you'd care to share
- a $10~$20 donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)
- a towel and water bottle for those who want to sing in the sauna

What not to bring:

- intoxicants

- dogs, unless they can be on leash at all times


There is NO onsite parking at TLC Farm, unless folks with special needs prearrange with us (send me an email if this is you). We will be running a shuttle from Riverdale High School - 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, OR 9721,  which is about 1 mile away. Also consider carpooling to the high school, and feel free to use our rideshare board.

Village Building Convergence

Repeats every day until Sat May 31 2014 .
May 29 2014 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
May 30 2014 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Yay the VBC is almost here! City-wide place-making and community building is about to commense. Invite your friends to choose TLC Farm as their site for Thursday May 29th-Saturday May 31st. There are going to be several awesome things happening at once on the land:


Thursday, May 29th -  Sheet Mulching and Cob Sauna Love-Up

Friday, May 30th - Hepta-Hut Building and Cob Sauna Love-Up

Saturday, May 31st - Rainwater Sink Building and Cob Sauna Love-Up

There will be a shuttle to the farm on these days at 9am and 5pm. Check this page closer to the event for any changes to this information. 

Feedback and participation welcome! Please send bug reports to

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