These sponsors provide significant, ongoing support for our program, offering cash and in-kind support in excess of $10,000 annually.
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.
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.
For more than five years, Whole Foods Market has provided significant support for our program. Since 2013, when Whole Foods Market first signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of our Barn Dance, we have nearly doubled every key metric of success for the event including funds raised, attendance and (other) sponsor income. In 2016 Whole Foods Market will sponsor both the annual Barn Dance and our Family Farm Days. Their contribution will allow us to host more farm field trips for students. It will also help us to expand our Family Farm Days, giving kids and parents the opportunity to explore, taste and grow together on the farm. Whole Foods Market is our premiere partner in farm-based education and we are grateful for their support.
These business partners consistently support our programs and events with contributions of $2,000 or more each year.
These new and returning sponsors have provided support in the past year.
BP Lester and Regina John Foundation
East Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District
The Florence V.J. Pennebaker Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
The Gray Family Foundation
The Harbourton Foundation
Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation
Metro Central Enhancement Fund
The Oregon Community Foundation
The Oregon Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Grant Fund
Oregon Parks Foundation Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Spirit Mountain Community Fund
West Multnomah County Soil & Water Conservation District