Along with allowing Sauvie Island Center to use the barn on the property, Metro provides access to open space and farmlands and educational opportunities about the environment. Metro manages numerous acres on Sauvie Island, including both the Howell Territorial Park where Sauvie Island Center is located, and the adjacent property which is leased to Sauvie Island Organics. Through Metro’s Nature University, volunteer naturalists are trained to help lead environmental education programs for the thousands of children who visit the parks each year on school field trips and for summer programs.
Metro protects open space and parks, plans for land use and transportation, and manages garbage disposal and recycling for 1.3 million residents in three counties and 24 cities in and around Portland. The agency also oversees world-class facilities such as the Oregon Zoo and the Oregon Convention Center.
Sauvie Island Organics provides the Center with access to fields, farm expertise, mentoring for emerging farmers, community education and festivals. The farm markets its produce through a 200-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and to many of Portland’s premier restaurants.
The mission of this local, organic farm is to grow a wide array of high quality seasonal produce for local markets, provide the community with a connection to their food source, educate people about sustainable food production, provide a model of sustainable farming, and create a high quality workplace for its employees.
Food Works is a youth employment and empowerment program that engages 14-21 year old young people in all aspects of planning, growing, selling and donating over 4,000 pounds of organic produce each year from their 1-acre organic farm on Sauvie Island. Food Works is part of the Village Gardens Program of Janus Youth Programs. Food Works Crew Members learn business, leadership, organic agriculture and other important work and life skills through working as team to market their food at farmers markets and local grocery stores, and donating a significant
Food Works partners with the Sauvie Island Center to make our Grow Lunch Garden available to children on our field trips. The Grow Lunch Garden is located on Food Works field, and Food Works helps to maintain and suppor portion of the food they grow back to their community. Crew Members also receive school credit for their work and are supported to transition into other employment opportunities and to succeed in their academic goals (five Food Works’ graduates, all immigrants from East Africa, have received college scholarships through Janus’ Scholarship program).
These business partners have contributed more than $2000 each to the Sauvie Island Center in the past year and are a big part of our success. Click on their logos to find out more about these amazing organizations.
These business partners have contributed more than $500 each to the Sauvie Island Center in the past year and have supported everything from curriculum development to summer camps.
These local businesses have provided in-kind and cash donations which have made a variety of family and special events possible. Click for more information.
These local businesses and restaurants have hosted benefit days and made cash contributions over the past year.
Cathedral Park Kitchen
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
BP Lester and Regina John Foundation
The Portland Timbers Community Fund
The Environmental Education Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
East Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District
Juan Young Trust
Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Metro Central Enhancement Fund
The Yahoo Employee Foundation
U.S. Bank/U.S. Bancorp Foundation
West Multnomah County Soil & Water Conservation District