Food Systems

The City of Portland supports a host of initiatives to improve the health and sustainability of the food systems that support our community such as composting programs, community gardens, farmers markets, and increasing access to healthier food at schools, in neighborhoods, and at other community locations.

  • School Gardens - Numerous Portland Public Schools have gardens and programs to support education around agriculture.  Read about Longfellow Elementary School’s adventures in gardening on their blog.
  • Portland Farmer’s Market - Portland Farmer's Market hours and locations are throughout the year:
    • Saturdays: April 26 - November 29: Deering Oaks Park, 7am-1pm.

    • Wednesdays:  April-December: Monument Square, 7am-1pm. (some year-round)

    • Winter 2015: Saturdays, Dec 6 - April 18 at 200 Anderson Street, 9am-1pm

  • Community Gardens - The City of Portland's Department of Public Services oversees four community garden sites containing 118 garden plots.

  • Backyard Composting Program - The City asks residents to consider composting to save money and help the environment.  If backyard composting is not possible consider curbside composting through Garbage to Garden.

  • Healthy Sustainable Food Systems Initiative - Through the Mayor's Office, the City is seeking to bolster its food initiatives and improve the health and sustainability of the food system that support our community.
  • Food Manufacturing Designation - Portland has received a federal food and agriculture manufacturing designation.