Newsletter No. 8

The VVF Crew.

The VVF Crew.

This year Vibrant Valley Farm is partnering with Summerworks, a local organization pairing young people with jobs, which means we have two new employees with us three days a week! 

The Portland-Vancouver metro area had one of the most significant drops in youth employment in the nation from 2000 to 2011. Only about 26% of young people are employed here and for low income and youth of color it is even worse: Only 12% find employment.

Your first jobs are super important in building the skills necessary for the future, which is why we're proud to have Andrew and Gregory on the farm with us. They both went through job training sessions with Summerworks and will be harvesting, weeding, planting and working alongside us until September. 

Andrew, starting his second week at the farm.

Andrew, starting his second week at the farm.

Andrew and Gregory, both born and raised in Portland, have never farmed before. Gregory says he likes trying new things so he decided to work with us at Vibrant Valley Farm. He especially likes planting. Andrew's favorite thing here is jalapeños. 

Both Kara and I entered farming through garden education and we love using the farm as a stage for teaching. Connections can be drawn from farming to all sorts of lessons in life and work, and it helps develop a myriad of skills one might find useful down the road. From botany and soil science to accounting and mechanics, from marketing and logistics to cooking and nutrition, there are so many things time spent on the farm can prepare you for. We look forward to growing, working, and learning with Andrew and Gregory and hope they enjoy the their time with us this Summer.

Gregory, our newest addition.

Gregory, our newest addition.

Come visit us and our new friends and employees on the farm! 


IN THIS WEEK'S BOUQUET:

  • Bells of Ireland
  • Amaranth
  • Scabiosa
  • nigella
  • Celosia
  • Cockscomb
  • Zinnia
  • Globe Amaranth
  • Flax
  • Craspedia
  • Snap Dragons
  • Strawflower
  • Rudbeckia
  • Ageratum
  • Yarrow
  • Statice
  • Salvia 

IN THIS WEEK'S BOX:

  • Silky Salad Mix
  • Basil
  • Bilko Cabbage
  • Silky Salad Mix
  • Fennel
  • Beets
  • Eggplant
  • Cucumbers
  • Scallions
  • Kale