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Potluck brunch in the Village Green

May 26 2013 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Potluck Sunday Brunch in the Village Green!

Sunday, May 26th 11am-3pm

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Meet new friends and enjoy the loveliness of TLC Farm!  We want to introduce you to our new giant 30 foot yurt and celebrate the evolving beauty of this land and community! So c'mon over on Sunday, May 26th anytime between 11am-3pm, and bring food to share, an instrument, games, friends, children, picnic blankets and a smile!

This is the first of hopefully many Sunday brunches in our Village Green. We will pass the hat to collect donations for the yurt purchase and improvements (we are raising 5k this spring/summer for the purchase, wood floor and radiant heating).
Transportation and parking is a friendly adventure... If you drive, please park at Riverdale High School (corner of SW Terwilliger and Boones Ferry) and we will shuttle you over! Or bike! Or park at the Tryon Creek State Park Nature Center on Terwilliger and hike 15 min through beautiful forest!
Please, no parking at the top of our driveway or the neighborhood! Contact Jenny [at] tryonfarm [dot] org or 503-548-8459 if other arrangements are needed.

VBC Evening Event - May 28, 5:30-10

May 28 2013 - 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Singing Alive at TLC Farm, 2011

From May 24 through June 2, people will be coming together all over Portland for the VBC to build community in many ways (see for details). TLC Farm has long participated in the VBC, and this year we're happy to host one of the Decentralized Evening Events.

On Tuesday May 28, from 5:30-10pm, we're going to SING and PLAY, building community through fun and song. This will be a "Singing Alive" inspired evening, with multiple song circles--in the maple grove, around the bonfire, in our new yurt . . . Please bring your voice and spirit to share. We may also take walks in the twilight forest to visit the owls, and listen to the creek. We'll definitely be sharing yummy pizza from our cob oven - please bring toppings to share! Food and money donations will be happily accepted.

As always, parking is super limited, so please join the bike brigade leaving People's Food Co-op at 5 pm, or take the shuttle from the VBC Venue at Alberta Abbey (126 NE Alberta) running every hour, on the hour, starting at 5 pm.

Contact brenna[at]tryonfarm[dot]org for more information.

BLOOM: a spring celebration - Saturday May 12, 3-11 pm

May 12 2012 - 3:00pm - 11:00pm

Join us for BLOOM  . . . As we build community with each other and the earth

Bloom is an afternoon and evening of live music, workshops, good food, crafts, interactive games, and a chance to meet and connect with folks from all the various communities that converge at Tryon Life Community Farm. 

LIVE MUSIC (in order of appearence):

3:30-Brown Bear, Brown Bear - Americana Folk

5:15 - Stone Crow -  Celtic Folk Bluegrass

7:15 -Poor Boy's Soul  - Raucous Roots Music

9:15 - Mic Crenshaw - Political Hip Hop

WORKSHOPS: 3:30 - Social Permaculture Games with Jenny Leis; 4:30 - Backyard Herbal Medicine with Erico Schliecher of the Elderberry School, , Stone Tools, and rebuilding the Sweat Lodge, followed by a sweat ceremony tended by Robert Van Pelt (from 4, into the evening)!

We'll also be hosting a solidarity video shoot against Nestle privatizing water in the Columbia Gorge!

KIDS ACTIVITIES including Natural Crafts, face painting, a big slip and slide (bring your swimsuit!) and visiting the baby goats!


$10-20 sliding scale donation (food not included)  

worktrade available - contact brenna(at) for details

NO onsite parking - TLC Farm will run a continuous shuttle from Riverdale High School, 9727 Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard  Portland, OR 97219

All proceeds benefit TLC Farm, a community sustainability education center in SW Portland.


8th Annual Holiday Open House, December 11th from 2-5pm

Dec 11 2011 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Holiday Open House

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Please join us for a warm and cozy, wonderful time at TLC Farm's 8th annual Holiday Open House, during which time you can:

* Enjoy homemade goat cheese and wine in the beautiful common house of Cedar Moon, the intentional community at TLC Farm

* Meet some of both the intimate and the broader community of TLC Farm

* Take a guided tour of the land, visit our furry creatures, and hear stories --    filled with fun and laughter even on this typically cold, rainy day!

* Enjoy the warm ambience of cello music by Anna Fritz of the Portland Cello Project

* and much more!

We always have a sweet time at our Holiday Party. Hope to see you there!

Celebrate the Rain Sprinkles! Harvest Festival - today, 2-11 pm

Sep 17 2011 - 2:00pm - 11:00pm
Harvest Fest


It's raining -- but just a little, now and then (a lot less than East Portland we're told), and it's still warm.  And the Fest will go on!  Embrace our Cascadian climate, and come play with us - and we'll get a little fire going in the sauna, so it can be used as a warming room, brew up some hot chai, serve up some hot food, and dance and sing the rain back home. . . See you here!

The flow of the event will likely be something like this . . . 

2:00  stiltwalkers, games, face painting, nature crafts and cider press
2:45  Puppet Show from the Mother Earth School teachers
3:00 Music from the Cardboard Songsters (fun creative jug band), berry picking, scavenger hunt, etc.
4:30  Music from Stone Crowe (Cascadian activist folk)
5:30  Magic Show, Raffle drawing & brief TLC Farm presentation
6:00   Music from Daniel Sherrill (and EAT awesome wood-fired pizza)
7:00    "Singing Alive" inspired  Song circle  - bring songs to share!
9-10:30  Dance to live music from The Resolectrics  . . .

then go home and sleep real well

The Harvest Fest is a benefit for TLC Farm's education programs, including Mother Earth School, and we ask for an entrance donation of $10-20 sliding scale (kids 12 & under free).  Yummy treats, pizza and drinks will be available for purchase at the event.  Worktrade is available - if interested please conact brenna(at) at least 3 days before the event.

Please park at Riverdale High School (9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd. Portland 97219), and catch the continuously running TLC Farm shuttle.

About the music:

The Cardboard Songsters is early and odd American Roots Music and cardboard theater. Also creators of silent films called "cardboard noir" dont forget to check out some of their original music too.

Stone Crowe is an acoustic band that interweaves threads of Celtic, folk, and bluegrass music.  Inspirations include the Pogues, Gillian Welch, the Cascadian Mountain Bioregion, and Joy.  Not that there's a band called 'Joy' - we are simply a pro-joy outfit.

Dan Sherrill is a Portland based singer-songwriter drawing on influences from the Cascades to the Appalachians.  He listens to all types of heart music, but most notably Neil Young, The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Fela Kuti, and Sacred Spirit music.  He plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, and sings.  He recently released his self-produced debut album Another Human Birth, which can be found at  

What is a Singing Alive inspired song circle? Singing Alive is part of a growing global 'song culture' which is knitting itself, and the world, together, thru the harmonics of communion with our common spiritual heritage. In this context, we will be sharing songs that the group can sing together.  By breaking down the divide between singer and audience, and sharing in the creation of the music, we reclaim our voice as singers, and the role of shared song in creating vibrant culture.  Visit for more information.



Family Hoe-Down!

Jul 17 2011 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Bloom 2011

Bring a picnic lunch and invite your friends to Mother Earth School's first annual family hoe-down!  There is no entrance fee for this event, but donations are deeply appreciated and benefit Mother Earth School.  This event is sponsored by the outdoor early childhood programs in the Portland area (Woodhaven in Beaverton, Humming Hive in NW, Enchanted Garden in SE, and Mother Earth School at TLC Farm in SW Portland).  There will be music and activities for all ages.  Parking is at Riverdale High School (9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland 97219).  We will be running a shuttle consistently between noon and 4pm.  We'll see you then!  YEEE HAW!




Harvest Festival Skill Share

Oct 1 2011 - 12:00pm - 11:30pm

Tour of TLC Farm 1-3pm

Nov 19 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Beautiful Farm

Come take a tour of TLC Farm! Every 3rd Saturday of the month, we will meet in the outdoor kitchen and take 2 hours exploring the farm including our naturally built structures, appropriate technology, permaculture gardens and food forest, the animals and learning about the community and programming here. The tour is free but donations are always appreciated.

Tour of TLC Farm 1-3pm

Oct 15 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Beautiful Farm

Come take a tour of TLC Farm! Every 3rd Saturday of the month, we will meet in the outdoor kitchen and take 2 hours exploring the farm including our naturally built structures, appropriate technology, permaculture gardens and food forest, the animals and learning about the community and programming here. The tour is free but donations are always appreciated.

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