Zenger Farm, Hacienda snag PDC grants

Students regularly hit Zenger Farm to receive tips on local food sourcing and agriculture. Zenger won $300,000 from the Portland Development Commission to help it develop its new Urban Grange.

Seventeen groups and projects have won big community grants from the Portland Development Commission.

The PDC gave more than $1.2 million in awards to such outfits as Hacienda CDC’s Portland Mercado, Zenger Farm’s under-development Urban Grange project and Lents’ Earl Boyles Community Center.

The grants aim to benefit projects in the Interstate, Lents and Gateway urban renewal areas.

Friends of Zenger Farm collected $300,000 to help build the group’s new Urban Grange. Hacienda CDC’s Mercado, which will build a commissary kitchen for Latino entrepreneurs at Southeast 72nd Avenue and Foster Road, will collect $201,959.

The David Douglas School District also earned $300,000 for work at the Boyles center.

Hacienda and Zenger Farm are two of this year’s Innovation in Sustainability Award winners, as deemed by an SBO judges’ panel.

“The community kitchen will serve as a vital asset for Latino and other low-income food micro-entrepreneurs trying to start or grow their businesses, and will also serve as teaching platform to increase knowledge about nutrition and healthy cooking in low-income and communities of color,” said Hacienda’s Nathan Teske.

PDC has awarded more than $2.45 million to 60 community groups since 2006.

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