Get Involved

We welcome you to get involved in all aspects of TLC Farm.   These include:


Give us suggestions, accolades, critique, or anything else that can help us serve you and the world better!  The best way to do this would be to email us at farm[at] for general feedback, or edu[at] for feedback about our education programs.  You can also call us at 503-245-3847, or post something on our facebook page! 


Your donations are tax-deductible, of course. (View IRS determination letter.) Our EIN is 20-1887272.


Support TLC Farm - make a donation today!

Each month, TLC Farm requires at least $3000 just to keep its doors open. That's for TLC Farm's portion (1/3) of the mortgage on the land, for insurance, utilities, and basic supplies. This does not include salaries or costs for special projects. We rely on donations from our generous supporters - like you - for that money. Help keep TLC Farm thriving! We particularly invite you to become a Friend of the Farm, a regular contributor on a monthly or annual basis. (Of course, you're always welcome to just make a one-time donation, as well.) You may use our convenient automated system (credit card or eCheck via PayPal):

Or send us a check. Please make checks payable to "TLC Farm", and send to:
11640 SW Boones Ferry Rd
Portland, OR 97219.

Matching Gifts

Many businesses offer matching gift programs. It is easy to take advantage of this employee benefit that doubles the impact of your contribution. Check with your Human Resources department to see if your company provides a matching gift program or contact us and let us help you.

Donate Stock or Securities

A gift of appreciated securities (such as stock, bonds, and mutual funds) can provide tax savings at the same time you make your gift to TLC Farm. In addition to your tax deduction on the full market value of the stock, you can avoid a capital gains tax on the appreciated portion of the gift. For this reason, many people find that they're able to make a larger gift by using appreciated securities instead of cash. See a tax adviser for details.

The easiest and most secure method of delivery stock is electronic delivery; however, you may also transfer certificates directly.  Please use the following instructions.

Notification of Donor Intent

However the stock is delivered, the donor or the transferring broker must provide the following information:

  • Donor’s name and complete address
  • Broker’s name and phone number
  • Name and number of securities transferred
  • Approximate dollar value of gift

At the time of the transfer, you can send a letter or e-mail containing this information to the address above or Or call 503-245-3847!

Electronic Delivery of Stock

The following information will enable your broker to make an electronic transfer of stock:
Broker: Phil Richman, AG Edwards & Sons, Inc.
DTC Number: 0201
Account Name: Tryon Life Community Farm (Tax ID 20-1887272)
Account Number: 61808119
Phone number: 503.522.8025

Mail Delivery of Stock

You can send your stock certificate(s) directly to TLC Farm by mailing the unendorsed stock certificates and the stock power form in separate envelopes.

We strongly recommend that you send stock certificates by registered mail.

For more information, contact J. Brush: or 503-245-3847.


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Our New Survey:

Please take a few minutes to give us feedback at our survey about what you want to see at TLC Farm.  We are getting ready to celebrate our 5 year anniversary this January, and part of what we're doing is re-visiting our organizational vision for the next 20 years. Your input, as our community member, is essential to that process, and we'd greatly appreciate any time you could spend letting us know your thoughts on the farm.


Ecologies of Participation

Observing the last 5 years of work/play (what we call “plerk”) at TLC Farm, we've observed that there's quite a variety of different ways that people participate. All of these are just rough outlines, and many people fit between or beyond these categories (of course).

Some people are generalists: they're excited about many different kinds of plerk, and will respond to a wide variety of requests for help. Eg. cobbing a wall, canvassing a neighborhood, coming to a meeting, answering emails. This is beneficial for its flexibility & openness!

Others are specialists: there's a specific kind of engagement that they really dig, and that's mostly all they'll do: bookkeeping, teaching, farm hosting, etc. This is beneficial for its focus & expertise!

Some people are rooted: they have long-term, regular commitment to this place and project. Whether a couple times a year or almost every day, their participation is consistent. This is beneficial for its reliability & history!

Others are nomadic: they may be really focused on TLC Farm for a while, and then be off to another project across town or across the world. This is beneficial for its intensity & cross-pollination!

Some people are solitary: they really prefer to do something alone, if possible. This is great for minimizing the coordination of schedules etc. to get things accomplished.

Others love guilds: they do best when surrounded by a tight, highly functional groups with complementing abilities. This is awesome for ongoing working groups or projects where a variety of perspectives are key.

And others are communal: they love being part of a big community event with the energy of lots of different people. This is perfect for getting a lot done quickly.

Some people are looking to be (learners or) mitochondria: they'd like the steps in accomplishing something to be laid out for them. This is great when someone else has a clear idea of what needs to be done and just needs more hands.

Others feel called to be (coordinators or) enzymes: they're motivated to help bring all the different pieces and people together, co-create goals, support folk in reaching them, etc. This is valuable when folk want to just get out and do things but lack a structure for it.

Still others want to be (advisors or) neurotransmitters: they're best suited to offering verbal or written perspective on how to improve decisions or actions, rather than implementing things themselves. This is great for getting outside perspective & expert wisdom from someone with lots of experience, etc.

There are obviously a lot more categories! Still, having some idea where you see yourself in these terms will help us to know how best to support you in engaging in the way you want to here.

Start your own project

Anyone can propose a project, and it can take any form as long it meets the following criteria:

  • It furthers the mission of TLC Farm.
  • It has a co-creative accountability structure – that is, there's an agreed process (no matter how intuitive and dynamic) for taking next steps, evaluating outcomes, and supporting follow-through. This includes an oversight relationship with one or more mentors and/or WGs.
  • Its scope, resource budget, and plans are proposed to and approved by the relevant WGs.

This is how the living, breathing work of TLC Farm happens, and our focus is on figuring more and better ways to help different kinds of people become more effective, more healed, and more aligned with spirit and the earth.

Once you've got an idea and (some of) the people to make it happen, contact to take the next step by making a proposal at a working group or spokescouncil meeting!

Feedback and participation welcome! Please send bug reports to

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