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Community Garden to Hold Plant Sale

The Vernonia Community Garden (VCG) is currently planning its first fair and plant sale for May 10th. This will be an annual event providing fresh plants to Vernonia area gardeners. Vendors are currently being recruited to sell farm and garden merchandise. The VCG staff will have 1000 tomato plants for sale, all varieties are hand-picked to thrive in our less than ideal growing conditions.

The Vernonia Community Garden is a non-profit group whose mission is to provide a gardening experience though education, mentoring and volunteer participation promoting a local source of organic fruits, vegetables and flowers for area residents of all ages, building upon the community’s heritage of self-sufficiency and sustainability.

The plant sale will be held at the Vernonia Schools on May 10th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the commons area. Space is limited, interested vendors should contact Penny Costley at 503-429-0196 for more information.

Sierra Service Students Back to Work in Vernonia

SierraMuseum1-webAbout sixty students and ten adults were in Vernonia during the weekend of April 6-7 working on several projects to help the community.

The students were part of the Sierra Service Project and were all high school and middle school aged.  They came from all over the western United States to spend their spring break doing service work.  A handful of local Vernonia school students and citizens joined the Sierra Service students as well.

SierraLegion1-webThe students worked at the Vernonia Pioneer Museum where they  did landscaping work, planted trees at the new Vernonia Schools campus, cleaned bricks from the old high school that will be used to build pathways in the Community Garden, painted at the American Legion Hall, cleaned up some City owned properties and did yard work for several senior citizens.

SierraSchool-webSierraLegion2-webThe students camped out for the weekend in the Vernonia Schools Campus where they were able to use the  showers and the kitchen.

Sierra Service Project is an independent, interdenominational Christian 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with the United Methodist Church. They provide life-changing experiences for youth of all denominations through acts of service.SierraMuseum2-web

Students Spend Spring Break Working in Vernonia

A group of college students are spending their Spring Break this year in Vernonia.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Twelve students have forsaken sunshine, bikinis and alcohol to work outdoors in the rainy coastal range of Oregon.

The students signed up through Sierra Service Project based out of Carmichael, California near Sacramento.  The students are from  Washington State University and the University of Idaho.  Next week students arrive from Central Washington University for a similar experience.  And in April a group about fifty students aged twelve to eighteen who are  affiliated with  church youth groups  from all over the west will arrive in Vernonia to work instead of play during their Spring Break. Read More