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Bakari Garden

Location: 5026 NE 9th Ave

Square Footage: ~2,500

Land/Water Sharer: Latricia Tillman

Garden Manager: Audrey Caines

Located in Portland’s King Neighborhood on NE 9th and Alberta, it is conveniently located across the street from the weekly UFC Market. While at the market, come check it out! Bakari Garden was generously shared with the UFC in November of 2011 by Latricia Tillman. She is also the water sharer for the garden.

2012 was the first full year for Bakari Garden (then Chicken Wing Garden) as a UFC garden. In 2012, Chicken Wing grew Solanums, Brassicas, and Garlic. This first year, Chicken Wing Garden served as the youth education garden of the Urban Farm Collective. In 2013, Chicken Wing no longer was the youth education garden and provided Chenopods, Cucurbits, tomatoes, and cooking herbs for the weekly collective market.

At Bakari – like at the rest of the Urban Farm Collective – we aim to work with the local community to provide education and hands-on experience about vegetable and herb gardening, sustainability, permaculture, alternative markets, and food justice.

To get involved with the Bakari Garden, please e-mail the Urban Farm Collective or directly to me, Charlie Foster.

Map of Bakari Garden
Chicken Wing Map

Garden = 38ft X 100ft. Total Area = 3,800 sq ft. Grow Area = ~2,000 sq ft.

  • Brown = veggie/fruit growing vegetables
  • Grey = unusable garden space
  • orange = building structures
  • Green = trees/bushes

2014 Crops

  • Staple crops: Onions (Walla Walla, Red Bunching, Early Yellow Globe, Green Onion) and Potatoes (Viking Purple, Dark Red Norlan, Warba, and others)
  • Beans (Fava Beans, Oregon Giant Snow Pea, Purple Potted Peas, Top Crop Bush Beans, Contender Early Bush Bean, Royal Burgundy Early Bush Bean, Aladdin Peas
  • Green Onion, Leeks)
  • Kale and Arugula (collective always needs these!)
  • Additional: Sunchokes, Rhubarb, Beans, Strawberries, Grapes, Comfrey, Borage, Asparagus, Flowers, Raspberries, Blueberries, Sage, Chives, Thyme, Oregano

2014 Garden Plan

  • Companion planting with assigned crops: Potatoes with Bush Beans and Peas. Onions with Arugula and Kale.
  • Succession plant onions, potatoes and arugula so there is a steady supply throughout the season.
  • Complete cob bench (started at the 2012 Village Building Convergence)
  • Heavily compost and add organic matter to beds. According to PSU’s 2012 Capstone class – which did soil tests at all UFC gardens – Chicken Wing is low (the lowest of the UFC gardens) for the amount of organic matter in the soil. The soil is also nitrogen and boron deficient. Adding as much organic matter and compost to the soil should solve all our soil needs. Chicken Wing tested well for all other essential growing minerals!
  • Establish more perrenial Fruits and Veggies
    • Asparagus, Rhubarb, Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Sunchokes
  • Seeds will mostly come from UFC for the year… may have to buy some.
  • Chamomile Tea – we will try and grow enough to dry and have a bunch of fresh chamomile tea for everyone. Fresh Chamomile flowers are so much tastier than the store-bought ones!
Chicken Wing Early Spring 2013

Bakari Early Spring 2013

Teaching Style and Apprenticeship

I can talk gardens all day, but the best way to learn to grow plants is to actually grow them. My method of teaching is very “in the moment”. I talk about exactly why I am doing, whatever it is that I am doing in the garden at the time. This often leads to questions and a discussion that stretches far beyond our daily activity. Combining a real-world experience with meaningful conversation is critical to comprehending and appreciating the art of growing food.

There is no “right” way to garden. Every garden, each year, and with every seed, is different and therefore each problem in the garden is unique and should be thought about outside the box. The solutions to unique problems are through original solutions. By working together and combining our skill sets, we can create a functional network that promotes all of life’s various processes, all-the-while becoming better tenders of our garden, our community, and our earth.

Because learning is only achieved through the collaboration between garden manager and apprentice, I invite my 2014 apprentices – and anyone who joins me in the garden this year – to tell me what they’d like to know and how I can best assist their learning process in the garden.

Community Outreach

Bakari Garden is open for anyone wanting to come help and learn about growing veggies and herbs, composting, and more. The garden is open during work parties, which are posted on the UFC calendar. We will also post a calendar of work parties for each month at the garden sign. Our garden sign will also include volunteer information, UFC information, and opportunities to get involved with the collective.

I would love an apprentice who is excited to network with the surrounding neighborhood. Let them know what we are doing and how they can get involved. Networking and promotion is not my strong-suit, but I’d love to do more this year.

Planned 2014 Budget

  • Seeds – $10-$20 – may have to buy a bag or two but may be able to find everything I need from within the UFC network.
  • onion sets – $10
  • potatoes – $10
  • Total is $30… hopefully can get everything else I need for free.

Garden Wish List

  • Compost
  • Woodchips needed ASAP
  • Perennial fruits/veggies – blueberries, raspberries, asparagus, artichoke, rhubarb…
  • Herbs (I am happy to remove or thin ones in your yard to transplant at Bakari)