Green Fingers Program, 1972

The Green Fingers Program community garden, looking from N Commercial Avenue toward N Knott Street, 1972. This program was based in the Albina area of the city and was designed to involve the local community in growing and eating fresh vegetables.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2010-003.6474.


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10 thoughts on “Green Fingers Program, 1972

  1. This photo was taken on a nice August afternoon. Community gardens have become increasingly popular since this time; I belonged to one in NE Portland – a nice way to interact with one’s neighbors in a constructive, mutually beneficial manner.

    Also, PMC’s post gave me a lead for a legal firm that specializes in living trust’s and wills; their office is on the lower level of this last remaining house.

  2. Just a footnote in another sad chapter of Albina. African Americans removed from their homes and relocated. Houses demolished. A garden taken. Today, the last gentrified home is surrounded by chain link fences keep the homeless out. Albina Lost.

  3. The Green Fingers Project began in 1968 spearheaded by civic leader and real estate agent Viviane Barnett to create a network of community gardens on land left vacant by I-5 construction / Fremont bridge future construction and land acquired by Emanuel Hospital for expansion. The Oregon national Guard cleared the land for planting, the Rainmaker covered the cost of water, and seed was donated, as was fertilizer. By 1969 Green Fingers had signed a agreement with ODOT to garden on 239,000 sq. ft. of state land. At the start the Green Finger Project had approx. 300 participants, but by 1980 road construction left only 20 gardeners on hospital property. The vacant lot in this photo has been developed an is part of the Emanuel Hospital complex.

  4. You all may have seen “Albuna: Portland’s Ghetto Of The Mind”, which is a KGW film from late 1967. This was made shortly after the civic uprising at Irving Park in July ’67.
    This film documents what was going on in the N Williams area at the time.
    I love the comments on this blog. I learn a lot. I’ve been following it for about a dozen years.

  5. Vintage Portland has 2 aerial photos of this area. VP photo on 9/15/19 is from 1965 looking North, and VP photo on 7/24/18 is from 1969 looking South.

  6. Maywood Park is an excellent example of going above and beyond in an attempt to preserve a neighborhood in the face of freeway development. Portland has done more than most in attempting to keep sprawl (and freeways) under control, but these are powerful forces to fight.

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