Community Organizing Stops Development Threat to Tryon Creek Watershed
Tryon Life Community Farm press conference celebrates victory and launches capital campaign
WHO: Residents, neighbors and community supporters of Tryon Life Community Farm (TLC Farm) are hosting a press conference on the seven-acre community education center and sustainability demonstration project, tucked into Tryon Creek State Park in SW Portland.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 1st, 11:00 A.M.
WHERE: 11640 SW Boones Ferry Road, Portland, Oregon; www.tryonfarm.org for directions
WHY: On Friday morning, after months of hard work and negotiations, TLC Farm successfully acquired the purchase option for the land it occupies from Brownstone Homes, a development firm that had planned to build 23 luxury houses on the sensitive site. Now TLC Farm is in a contractual agreement to purchase the land from its owner by January 2006.
Also on Friday, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Terry Hannon stayed the eviction of the residents of TLC Farm pending appeal of the case to the Court of Appeals. Representatives of the owner expressed a desire to work with TLC Farm and the residents to achieve a mutually beneficial resolution for all concerned.
Representatives from City Council and allied organizations, and community supporters will join TLC Farm at a press conference to celebrate this shift into a pro-active gear and to kick-off fund-raising in earnest.
CONTACT: Brenna Bell: 503-245-0484; press release with speakers list will be sent Tuesday a.m.