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November 9, 2023

GRuB’s Backyard Garden Building Model 

GRuB’s Backyard Garden Building Model 

The first seeds for GRuB’s work were planted in 1993, through the Kitchen Garden Project.  Since then, we’ve collaborated with community members to build 3000 backyard gardens in our region!  This year, our veteran-run program aims to build an additional 150 at-home gardens for our neighbors facing food insecurity.     

Our program was modeled after Portland’s Home Gardening Project and benefited deeply from the coaching and inspiration of founder Dan Barker. In his spirit, we, too, hope to help peer organizations across the country grow their resources for backyard gardeners.  Here’s what we have to offer!

Written Materials

The GRuB Garden Project Manual is available on a sliding scale ($0--$25) and includes a year-long guide to coordinating our program, with all of the details from recruiting gardeners to ordering supplies, and more!  Although this is intended for our internal staff, it will be adaptable for other organizations, and includes our program management resources.  

The Growing Guide is available on a sliding scale ($0--$5)  Region-specific to the South Sound, and designed to guide a beginning gardener through their first season with a set of 3 raised beds.   

Garden Building during COVID-19 includes the best-practices that we’ve developed in our first weeks of garden building to maximize safety.   

Growing Community: Starting Your Own Community Garden is our guide for establishing a community garden, and includes helpful considerations for organizing people & spaces. Available on a sliding scale ($0-$5-$15).   

Technical Assistance, Coaching, Webinars and Networking


Reach out to us at for specific inquiries and requests.  We are open to planning webinars, online training or conference calls if we have enough interest from the broader community.   

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