A Community Garden Tour of Northeast Portland

A Community Garden Tour of Northeast Portland

City Tour, 16 miles


Lucy Roberts is the route curator and is passionate about community gardening as a volunteer at Urban Farm Collective.

Lucy Roberts is the route curator and is passionate about community gardening as a volunteer at Urban Farm Collective.

This theme is based off of a fundraising ride I am planning and executing for the non-profit, NE Portland based Urban Farm Collective. The Urban Farm Collective's (UFC) mission is to bring neighbors together to transform vacant lots into neighborhood food gardens for the purposes of education, community building and improving food security. People will get to explore community gardens that are part of the UFC, neighborhood greenways in northeast Portland, some of my favorite local restaurants and bars, and an important history of northeast Portland. This ride is important to me because I have been volunteering for the Urban Farm Collective for about a year, and I have had only positive experiences with community members. We hold a weekly barter market where volunteers can trade their working hours for fresh produce grown locally!

Additionally, northeast Portland has seen some rapid changes in the past few years, and this ride is also meant to fill tourists and locals in on the history of what N Williams and the Boise-Eliot neighborhood used to look like.

Map & Logistics

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  • Clever Cycles - $30+ daily for Brompton folding bikes and family cargo bikes includes a lock, helmet and map
  • Cycle Portland - $15+ daily for hybrid, road and single speed bikes.  Helmets, locks and panniers are included.
  • Everybody's Bike Rentals - $25+ daily for commuter, road or touring bikes. All prices include lights, lock, helmet and bike map. Rain gear and panniers extra.
  • Pedal Bike - $35+ daily for Jamis Commuter, road, tandem or kids bikes and trailers and trail-a-bikes.  Helmets and locks included.


System Map - bikes allowed on MAX lines most times of the day

  • Start / End - MAX Yellow line (North Prescott or North Killingsworth stations)
  • During - MAX Blue, Green or Red line (NE 60th or NE 82nd stations)

What to Bring?

Money for food and beer, sunblock


A. Tin Shed Garden Cafe  1438 Northeast Alberta Street | tinshedgardencafe.com | (503) 288-6966

Owned by local Portlander Janette Kaden, and co-founder of the Urban Farm Collective, the Tin Shed Cafe is and beloved local hang, and is the perfect place to take the family for breakfast. Whether you are an herbivore or omnivore, the menu will please you. 7 day 7am-9pm


This garden is about 5,000 square feet of yummy, productive and organically grown veggies. This is one of the UFC gardens that is directly on a bicycle boulevard, making it easily accessible to bikers as well as pedestrians. Feel free to stop and eat a tomato or two while stopped! 


Beech St. Garden is on of the most successful gardens of the Urban Farm Collective. This used to be an empty lot in the Madison South neighborhood, where poor choices and bad activity would occur. The neighbors came together and now it is home to a fabulous and huge community garden!


Turner Garden! A well-loved garden managed by Urban Farm Collective.


This Urban Farm Collective is home to a few chickens! You may even catch a volunteer work party happening if you stop by on the right day :)

F. Common Bond Garden  NE Alberta St & NE 8th Ave

This garden is part of the Urban Farm Collective and is managed in part with the community of St. Andrew's Church. 

G. Bakari Garden  5026 Northeast 9th Avenue

Just across the street from Common Bond! Walk across and find out what Portland local agriculture has to offer.


1. Hopworks Bikebar  3947 North Williams Avenue | www.hopworksbeer.com | (503) 287-6258

This is a local hang out for many of the Portland riders that frequent N. Williams ave. Su–Th 11am–11 pm / F–Sa 11-12am

2. North Williams Avenue

Take a look around N Williams Ave. The new bike lane was quite controversial.

3. Breakside Brewery  820 Northeast Dekum Street | www.breakside.com | (503) 719-6475

Check out the local Portland brewery, Breakside! Definitely sample a few brews before picking one.. they have plenty of yummy options. M-F 3pm-8pm / Sa-Su 12pm-8pm

4. Alberta Park

One of the best parks in Portland! This park is frequented by children, families, and a Bike Polo team on weekends!