Since 2012 we have establish three school gardens and four community gardens that connect people to place, education and healthy food choices.


Our Mission

Planting Communities is a non-profit founded by teachers and community members based out of Woodburn, Oregon. Our mission is to encourage the growth of school and community gardens; in the belief that gardens provide unique hands-on learning opportunities and reconnect residents to healthy locally grown food. Our goal is to build community, improve nutrition, reduce hunger and enhance the environment. We strive to promote sustainability and practice good stewardship.

The idea for Planting Communities comes from the idea of plant communities in nature. According to Cal Poly Land, “A plant community is a recognizable and complex assemblage of plant species which interact with each other as well as with the elements of their environment and is distinct from adjacent assemblages. A plant community is not a static entity: rather it may vary in appearance and species composition from location to location and also over time.” I see our organization as creating and reacting to the local community in which we all inhabit.
— Ian Niktab, co-founder of Planting Communities

What We've Achieved

  • Recipient of the Fiskars Orange Thumb grant, 2008.
  • Winner of the MAPS community Challenge Award, 2015.
  • Recipient of the Whole Kids Foundation grant, 2015.
  • Recognition by the Woodburn Parks and Recreation department for our participation in the Library Park revitalization project.
  • Presented "Food Oppression: the need for food justice and sustainablity" at the Oregon Students of Color Coalition 2013.
  • Established three school gardens that provide an outdoor learning environment for the students. 
  • Established three community gardens reaching more than 15 families and feeding many more.
  • Participants in the City Village Repair Convergence, 2008.
  • Installed Woodburn's first public rain garden/bio-swale.
  • Presented at the Oregon School Garden Summit, 2014, 2014 and 2016. 
  • Presented at the OSU SMILE science teachers workshop 2012.