Riverbend Organic Gardens began development in June of 2009. Verdura Culinary Gardens, the same folks who helped donors develop Penelope’s Giving Garden, were approached again by a generous family who wanted to help give back to the community. BCS once more received an opportunity to grow a sustainable organic vegetable garden for our participants.

Twenty raised beds on a 2,025 square foot plot of land were installed by Verdura with assistance from BCS volunteers, under the supervision and expertise of Caroline and Larry Lewis. This partnership perfectly fulfills what BCS strives to create; we are focused on the importance of teaching our families new skills that will encourage and enrich their lives.

Located in West Linn near the banks of the Tualatin, Riverbend Organic Gardens were cared for and harvested in good part by the volunteer efforts of BCS. Verdura, who was hired by the anonymous donor, was generous to share their knowledge with eager participants who readily stepped up to help out with the garden.

“I’m so excited about the opportunity to create something of real beauty and lasting value to help make a long-term difference to hungry people,” said the anonymous property owner.

This wonderful gift expanded the BCS vision and given new and exciting opportunities to our working poor families.