Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Franklin High School

Home of the Quakers

5405 SE Woodward | Portland, OR 97206
Phone: (503) 916-5140 | Fax: (503) 916-2694

Past Successes

Thank you, Everyone, for helping make the Oct. 12 Garden Work Party such a success !! We had 71 volunteers at FHS Friday, Oct. 12, 10 am to 2 pm, we got more done than we had expected in less time, we made the FHS grounds and gardens better, prepared for future FUNdraising, ate a lot, donated food to St. Francis Dining Hall, and we had fun in spite of some rain.  We harvested bushels of tomatoes, cabbage, basil, squash, yellow beans, parsley, etc. for the FHS cafeteria lunch and SUN supper salad bars, spaghetti, and more.  We prepared some soil for our nature trail building/planting project planned for Nov. 9, 10 am to 2 pm (and please put on your calendar to help us in the work before and during this.)   Thanks, FHS National Honor Society for bringing us so many student volunteers !  Thanks, FHS staff Mr. Tran, Mr. Acosta, Mr. Gardner, and Mr. Carron.

We prevented three loads of chipped branches from being in landfill and we put free mulch on our nature trail slope to protect the soil, feed the native plants, reduce maintenance costs and labor/time, and prevent stormwater runoff that could cost taxpayers more.  We made scarecrows to thank Portland Nursery and other sponsors for their support, to promote FHS and our gardens, to encourage school funding, to get a bag of apples for the free SUN supper, and to hopefully win the $100 or $50 gift certificate. We planted bulbs (donated by Portland Nursery) we hope to force and sell as blooms to fund more school garden supplies and nature trail projects.  After the Step Up gardening/permaculture class planted winter leafy and root vegetables, we pulled and composted some summer plants from the vegetable garden created by the National Honor Society and planted some winter flowers and vegetables for the Memorial Art Garden to match the color wheel and rainbow of respect and hope (with the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow).  We organized our garden storage and work cart.  We picked up litter and found no weeds for teens to pull.   We ate tomatoes, cabbage, basil, and parsley from our garden with our cheese and bean nachos and veggies donated by a parent; fruit donated by the Portland Fruit Company; baked goods donated by Einstein Brothers Bagels on Hawthorne and Food 4 Less; hot cocoa donated by parents and water jugs loaned by McDonalds on SE 82/Reedway.   Ted’s Tool Shed and NE Portland Tool Library loaned us free tools.

Thank you, Meghan Discoll for cheerful long days of hard labor shoveling and hauling and moving wood chips; buying supplies; hauling cases of fruit, tools, project supplies, and donated food; preparing/serving the food; and helping set up and clean up.  Meghan O’Driscoll collected the used pots from Portland Nursery after a Portland Nursery employee donated her personal potting soil and donations from her home for the FHS annual plant sale and auction, hauled by Edie Gillis.

Thank you, Franklin Garden Team volunteer extraordinaire Maye Thompson for hauling hauled cornstalks, garden cloche cold frame, vegetables, craft supplies, clothes, two large canopies to keep us dry, bagels, cornstalks, etc; and for writing winning grants from the City for $7,450 (for the nature trail, outdoor bulletin boards, and part of the cost of our mural for our mural on local historic and best practices of stormwater stewardship, native plants, waterwise gardening, and the FHS 100 year anniversary.)  Maye’s success meant we also could also get our $300 gift certificate from the city for native plants, and $1,000 from the FHS PTSA  for paying part of the mural fees.  Thanks, Maye for writing the Regional Arts and Culture Council Arts in Schools grant due this week and chairing the mural project committee.  Thanks, Muralist Selection Committee artists Anne Storrs, Molly Cliff-Hilts, Melissa Rice, and Mark Brody. Thanks, Amber McGill for a SUN mural club.

To help us get a $100 or $50 gift certificate to Portland Nursery, please go to 5050 SE Stark 10 am to 5 pm and vote Oct. 12-19 for the Quaker Pride gardening scarecrows.  (The 25th Annual Apple-Tasting Festival is Oct. 19-21.)

Please budget $2 per decorated  4” pot for beautifully-perfumed paperwhite flowers in December, mixed tulips before Valentines, and daffodils in March with our other St. Pat green plants.  Please email your photos and comments from the Oct. 12 garden work party to fhs.food.gardens@gmail.com  .    THANKS, EVERYONE !!



Enjoy pictures of volunteers working in the Gardens in September 2012!


FYI, Requests, Ongoing Events and Thank-Yous

SUN Garden Club (with free hot suppers) meets Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 in room 111 and the Westside Courtyard with FHS teachers Leigh Brown and Kimberly Hoffman.  It is free with parent signed SUN registration. Other volunteers are welcome. Ms. Brown will teach general gardening, spring prep, food preservation and beauty products from garden harvests. Students will plan, transform and garden FHS and have their own plants to enjoy at home.

 Are you willing and able to volunteer or get us mural volunteers and supplies?   Powell Paint Center gave us a gallon of concrete white primer, and we already got a few brushes and drop cloths and paint thinner. We could use more supplies – if you can help, please call Edie Gillis at 503.777.4411. 

Students, staff, and volunteers helped paint stepping stones and pots for the Franklin Memorial Art Garden paint palette in the shop finish room, and planted additional same-color plants.  Come and enjoy their beautiful work. 


Westside Courtyard garden chair donated... more requested.  (We now have two garden benches built by the shop classes, a donated picnic table with six benches, and this white plastic garden chair, and nothing has been vandalized or stolen since May.)

Sat, Feb 25th, 10AM-2PM - Seed Swap 2012 at NEPTL Portland Seed Library’s annual Spring Seed Swap / Stock-the-Library event will take place at the Northeast Portland Tool Library (Redeemer Lutheran Church, NE Killingsworth @ 20th Ave). For more information, go to their website at portlandseedlibrary.net.

Tues., Feb. 21, 6:00 - Franklin Garden Team meeting will be held in FHS room 101 to plan grants, projects, fundraising, tasks and teams.  Please come. All welcome (but childcare is NOT available).


Meet Judy Bluehorse Skelton at the Feb. 21 Garden Team meeting as we discuss a mural of how Native Americans use native plants, to be painted by students east of the shop, between the SE Woodward steps and metal shop stairs.  She teaches Learning Gardens at PSU winter and spring term, indigenous medicine and native herbs, and Native heritage and urban community and healing.  Educator and herbalist, Judy Bluehorse Skelton, works with Multnomah and Washington County Indian Education programs, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, OMSI, and many other groups throughout the Northwest. Speaking and leading field trips, herbal walks, and cultural activities, she focuses on the tradition and modern uses of our native plants for food, medicine, utensils, science/forecasting, craft, ceremony, spirituality, and more.  Of Nez Perce, Cherokee and Chickasaw descent, Judy is a member and mentor of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, assists in the Clinic Medicinary at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, and serves as co-chair on the Native American Community Advisory board.  She is also open to assisting a FHS club for/about Native Americans.  She might be able to get us PSU grad students for their capstone projects.  There is still room if you want to take her PSU course on learning gardens and civic affairs, urban forestry, food access and equity, native plants medicine,  etc. http://www.boskydellnatives.com/Judy.htm 

Sat., Feb. 18 - We will pick up native plants at the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.  Thank you for ordering, paying for, and donating plants.

Fri., Feb. 17, 11:45 - City of Portland BES Community Watershed Stewardship Program Grant representatives will hold a garden tour/discussion about the $10,000 grant for a ride wait shelter with an eco-roof, outdoor bulletins, art display and permanent environmental education signage at SE Woodward and 53rd ; grooved pavement to guide stormwater into our gardens; naturescaping; roof rainwater collection; water-saving biointensive food gardens; and $300 gift certificate for native plants for a nature trail and naturescaping.