•  Sean the human tractor at Woody farm, 2013
  •  Edward and Naomi at Labyrinth Garden, 2013
  •  Naomi working the coir pith, 2013
  •  Ben surveys the crops at Caspian Garden, 2013
  •  Volunteers from JCSS putting in work at Woody Farm, 2013
  •  Ben, Jen, and Simon, Woody Farm, 2013
  •  The regulars at morning QiGong, 2013
  •  Elliot passed out, wheat sheaf still in hand, 2010
  •  JCSS volunteers came out again to help turn our plot, 2013
  •  Volunteers harvesting grain at Mcnutt farm, 2010
  •  Volunteers harvesting grain at Mcnutt farm, 2010
  •  Volunteers harvesting grain at Mcnutt farm, 2010

Who are we?

The Sigma Project is a 501(c)(3) Portland nonprofit corporation founded to grow sustainable local produce for the community, while creating independence through teaching the process. We are decreasing the number of food insecure individuals and families in our community, by addressing key constraints to food accessibility, by developing critical strategies, and implementing solutions with innovative tools and practices creating sustainable food systems.

Our project ensures Portland families have access to fresh local nutritional food. We transform lawns and empty lots into suppliers of fresh local produce for the community. Uniting land lenders, volunteers, and experts together with all the necessary materials and supplies for this goal.We provide training on and off site , and seminars teaching the process, creating independence, stronger community, and elevating the human condition. We provide members of the community with their only source of free sustainable fresh local organic fruits and vegetables essential to their health and well being... They would otherwise do without.

The Oregon Department of Human Services estimates there are currently over 100,000 households in the city of Portland having trouble putting food on the table and receiving food benefits. Over 36% are children. Oregon has the highest rate of childhood hunger in the country. Seems like a good place to start.

Food accessibility must go beyond the provisioning of emergency supplies. It necessitates having access to sustainable sources that are produced in ways that sustain ecosystems and builds economic and social equity.

Our community will have a more equitable distribution of essential foods. A nutritional local food system without harmful chemicals and pesticides; stewardship of the environment and control over our food production.; less dependency on outside sources; less disparity and more independence for the most vulnerable members of the community. A community educated on the purpose and practices of sustainability.

First and foremost the community will have access to essential foods critical for their very survival. Our entire community will benefit from a cleaner healthier environment, easing the staggering costs of the food benefits program, and building economic and social independence and equity. Healthy foods and environment serves everyone in the community.

Your generous support makes this critically needed project possible. Your contribution is tax deductible.

Realistically, the people in our culture do not have an extra 30 minutes to spend, every morning, watering the garden. They do not have a free afternoon to pick weeds on their hands and knees...

If you have a lawn, and you'd like to make a change, please let us know. We'd be happy to help turn it into a sustainable, edible polyculture, and we're looking to take on full time care of five new plots a year...

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