The Friends of Robinwood Station celebrates the New Year with the announcement that they have received $ 7,660 from Clackamas County’s “Healthy Eating Active Living” grants program for its “Robinwood Station Community Center Edible Landscaping” project.
A Kickoff informational meeting is set for 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Station, located at 3706 Cedaroak Drive in West Linn.
Lisa Clifton and Randall Fastabend were the grant writers while Lorie Griffith and Anthony Bracco acted as consultants for the project; and Liz Hayes has been an active volunteer.
“The vision for the garden is to be a place where community members can gather to be outside and socialize with their neighbors, and grow and harvest organic food,” said Clifton, program coordinator.
Fastabend added that they also hope “to provide a showcase for healthy eating and active living for all of West Linn.”
Clifton is involved with Oregon City Local Harvest 2020, an organization working towards encouraging both individual and groups to grow and eat locally produced foods. When she heard the discussion regarding how to landscape the Robinwood Station property, she thought, “what if we could put in food?’
“I believe we need to produce more food locally that’s available right here,” said Clifton, who lives minutes away from the Station.
The Robinwood Station project will plant and harvest seven raised beds with a variety of vegetables as well as two handicapped accessible plots. They will also have fruit trees and berries.
And, part of the grant is to create garden beds at local apartment complexes.
“Having activities for high density apartment complexes is what sets our project apart,” said Fastabend.
The West Linn non-profit was one of 15 county groups to receive part of $ 102,482 in the HEAL grants program, which is offered through the Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services (H3S) department, said Kirsten Ingersoll, Community Engagement Coordinator, Clackamas County Community Health Division.