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Volunteer Spotlight: Judy McLean

Judy McLean, a volunteer with our garden program at Columbia River Correctional Facility in Portland, comes to us from a beautiful and varied background.  Judy has worked in carpentry, residential weatherization, lighting, and finally finishing up as an office facilitator when she retired a few years ago.  Judy decided that she needed more garden training […]

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Check out Seeds of Change Facebook Page and like us…

Two clicks can help us change the future! The garden program at Hillcrest (youth correctional facility outside of Salem, Oregon) is entered in the Seeds of Change grant competition. A win would allow us to rebuild the decrepit raised beds and repair the irrigation system. In turn, the garden is helping us repair lives! These […]

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LGGF Program Updates

We have 150 inmates as students in the sustainable gardening programs throughout the Oregon Correctional Facility systems this year.  This is one of the largest enrollments to date. Thanks to all our volunteers for helping us make this happen.   Thanks to the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund Grant, Mill Creek Correctional just received two […]

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The Oregon Department of Corrections receives Award for Sustainable Practices

The Oregon Department of Corrections received an award this month for its “long-term green strategy” according to the Oregonian this week. Named, “Recycler of the Year by the Mid-Valley Green Awards,” the award recognizes and celebrates “sustainable, earth-conscious, and responsible companies organizations, and individuals.” The article goes on to describe a few of the efforts […]

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Lettuce Grow Garden Foundation Executive Director Retires

Thanks to our founding executive director Sarah Patterson for her many years of dedicated service and vision to Lettuce Grow! Lettuce Grow Garden Foundation, a non-profit organization that uses volunteers to bring gardening education to inmates in Oregon correctional facilities, announces that its founding director, Sarah Patterson is retiring this month. An attorney, Sarah founded […]

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