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Caitlin Blethen

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Sustainable agriculture, Community gardens -- Oregon -- Portland, Community organization


Interview of Caitlin Blethen by Kristin Milner at Growing Gardens Organization Portland, Oregon on July 29th, 2009.

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Caitlin Blethen is Youth Grow Manager for Growing Gardens. Born and raised in Washington, Caitlin Blethen earned her BA in Ecological Agriculture and Community Development from Evergreen State College in 1999. She provided hands-on training for educators in the Growing Gardens school garden coordinator certificate program, coordinating school garden tours, and manages the Youth Grow programs which seek to teach the next generation the connection between the garden and the table, and how to grow food.


At the time of this interview, Caitlin Blethen was manager of Youth Grow, a component of Growing Gardens, in Portland, Oregon. Blethen has partnered up with elementary schools citywide to develop productive school gardens and curricula for students. Not only does this program promote a better understanding of healthy food for young ones, it also empowers families to get involved with gardening. Individuals help volunteer with Caitlin in shifting the children’s attitudes towards healthier eating. She believes the hands-on experience and fun encouragement in the garden significantly helps children make healthier decisions in regard to their food.

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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