Portland home gets urban farm makeover

Portland home gets urban farm makeover

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Posted on April 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

PORTLAND -- Dozens of people made a difference in one Southeast Portland neighborhood by giving an urban farm makeover.

A local non-profit called Proud Ground paired up with Wells Fargo volunteers Saturday to help a first-time home buyer install garden beds, a chicken coop and an orchard on her new half-acre lot.

Proud Ground helped the in-home preschool owner Melissa Schaefer realize her dreams.

“For someone like Melissa, who has a stable job steady income, she can get a mortgage,” said Proud Ground’s Kathy Armstrong, “She just can’t get a $250,000 mortgage, which is the median home price today in Portland. So now she has her first home and a place for her preschool.”

“This is beyond what I ever thought was possible,” Schaefer told KGW.

In just one day, with a whole lot of elbow grease, her entire property was transformed.

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