Gathering (public)

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


Apr 26 2008 - 2:00pm - 11:55pm

You are invited to BLOOM at TLC Farm!

BLOOM 2008:Tryon Life Community Farm's 4th Annual Spring Benefit

Sliding scale: $10 - $50; children 12 and under free
(worktrade is available; email 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: or

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 (
  • 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. (
  • 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 (
  • 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 (
  • 6:15- 7:00 Dinner, "This is TLC Farm" by Jenny Leis
  • 7:00- 8:00 SaraTone — Acoustic Soul Expression and Mystical Dub (
  • 8:00- 9:30 Alpaca! — Dance your pants off! (
  • 9:45- 11:45 Off The Grid — Electronic/NuJazz (


  • 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! "
  • 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!"
  • 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.

House Party April 13th: Benefits TLC Farm/Zimbabwe Exchange

Apr 13 2008 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Morning circle at Kufunda Learning Village in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe House Party!!

** PLEASE NOTE: This event is NOT at TLC Farm.**

A benefit to bring Tryon Life Community Farm to Kufunda Learning Village and the Berkana Exchange.

Join us on Sunday, April 13th from 6-10 pm at 1905 NE Going St to support cross-continental and cross-cultural learning, while eating Zimbabwean food, listening to great traditional Zimbabwean music, and learning more about the sustainability movement in Zimbabwe.

This benefit will support TLC Farm's involvement with the Berkana Exchange (see below) and Zimbabwean activists. TLC Farm needs to raise at least $1,500 to fund travel expenses for representatives of TLC Farm to travel to Kufunda Learning Village in May, and any funds raised in excess of travel needs will help allied activists in Zimbabwe visit TLC Farm in the future.

The benefit will include:

* a traditional Zimbabwean food for dinner, including groundnut stew, sadza, and Zimbabwean-style cooked greens;

* a slide show about Kufunda Learning Village, where TLC Farm volunteer Jenny Leis lived during her travels last year;

* great Zimbabwean music by Pachi Pamwe ( and Njuzu Mbira (

* silent auction items and a raffle!

* beer & wine for donation.

** PLEASE NOTE: This event is NOT at TLC Farm.**

** This will be a house party at 1905 NE Going St., in Portland. For a map click here.**

$10-20 sliding scale donation (includes dinner). Volunteer opportunities available. Come ready to be merry!

For more info please contact: mattg[at] or call 503.245.3847.

[Note: if you can't come to the benefit, but want to make a donation to support cross-cultural sharing, please send a check (to TLC Farm, 11640 SW Boones Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97219) or make a donation online (at and indicate that it is for the Berkana Learning Journey.]


Global learning opportunity: Berkana Exchange

TLC Farm is honored to be invited to the Berkana Exchange Art of Learning Conference happening this May in Zimbabwe! The Berkana Exchange facilitates connections between 13 "learning centers" located in various countries around the world: Senegal, Zimbabwe, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Greece, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. The centers all share a commitment to grassroots organizing, ecological sustainability, and healthy living and are doing inspiring work in their local communities.

Each year Berkana facilitates an Art of Learning Centering Gathering, which is an opportunity for representatives from each learning center to come together and share ideas and skills, create relationships, and weave together pieces of the global puzzle. The purpose of the gathering is: "To consciously, deliberately and collectively create a field of shared learning around the art of learning centering, which is the practice of hosting local spaces where people gather to explore and invent ways for communities to become healthy and resilient."

The gathering this year is being held from May 4-14 at Kufunda Learning Village, in Harare, Zimbabwea. TLC Farm connected with Kufunda when volunteer Jenny Leis lived there last year. To learn more about Kufunda visit or read Jenny's blog at

We are excited to participate and to explore the possibility of TLC Farm becoming the Berkana Exchange's newest Learning Center, and the only center in the United States. After thoughtful consideration we have selected farm residents Hope Medford and Matt Gordon to make the journey and represent us at the conference and are preparing them to share what we are learning in Portland. Do you have things you'd like Matt and Hope to share about TLC Farm or the wider community in Portland with other Berkana centers? Questions you'd like them to ask? Ideas for them to share? Don't hesitate to email, and stay tuned for stories of their travels and learnings.

A discussion for parents: how to cultivate reverence with children around the holidays - Saturday Decmeber 8th - 2:30-4:00pm

Dec 8 2007 - 2:30am - 4:00pm

A discussion for parents:
how to cultivate reverence with children around the holidays.

with Kelly Hogan
Saturday Decmeber 8th
2:30 -> 4:00

How do we cultivate spirituality in our holiday traditions?
Now that consumer culture has a firm hold on holiday festivities, we are called to create traditions for ourselves and our children that
reconnect us to the wisdom of the season. Kelly Hogan (Waldorf early childhood teacher and mother of two) will facilitate a conversation on this topic.

There is no fee for this event. Any donations will go directly to benefit TLC Farm.


on-line registration cutoff is December 7th @5:00pm.
after that, please call: 503-245-3847


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