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Julie Corpron

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1 hour 1 minute


Sustainable agriculture, School gardens -- Oregon -- Portland, Volunteers


Interview of Julie Corpron by Margret Harburg May 14th, 2013.

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Julie Corpron is originally from Renton, Washington. She has a MS in Clinical Nutrition.


Julie Corpron works on the Raleigh Park Elementary School garden in Portland, Oregon. In this interview, Corpron speaks about the history of the garden, its mission statement, design, construction details, produce grown, and what is happening currently within the garden. She also discusses annual tours, fundraising opportunities, and local benefits of the garden within the community and school. A majority of this interview discusses what the garden’s impact on the community has been, how it has changed over time, and what the goals of the garden will be in the future. The annual tour of the garden brings with it the largest financial contribution to the garden—without it, the garden would not be sustainable. Corpron believes that the garden is not yet sustainable because it requires a proper compost bin and because an outside maintenance crew is needed to keep the garden clear of weeds.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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