The Grow Pleasant Hill coalition selected 5 priority projects to work on over the coming years. Working definitions for each project are highlighted below. If you are interested in being on a project team, please add your contact information to the survey.
Occupational and Workforce Development
Promote partnerships with organizations and businesses that need agriculture and landscape skills. This will include two components, first a hands-on training strategy for landscape and agriculture, and second, collaboration with Veterans in Agriculture in their pursuit to develop a farming apprenticeship program.
Promotion and Education
Build awareness about existing food-related resources and business in the city and region, while also creating educational opportunities for residents such as cooking demonstrations, and classes on topics such as gardening, preserving and composting.
Design an activity hub for food-related business development that includes a shared-use kitchen and culinary business offerings while also showcasing outdoor amenities and creative solutions for healthy living, gardening, and community collaboration.
Create a new neighborhood development strategy centered on agriculture and open space. The development will support beginning farmer programs, provide connections to natural resources and the food system, promote community gathering space, and provide opportunities for education and events.
Expand the existing farmers market to encourage more vendors and consumers to attend. This will include the development of marketing and promotion material as well as an assessment of the location, time, program, and feasibility to enhance the market to be a place that draws attendees from the East Polk County area.