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Edible East Bayside (EEB)

East Bayside Neighborhood Organization is nonprofit working in Portland Maine's most diverse and urban neighborhood in the State’s most diverse and urban city. While Portland widely lauded for an enviable quality of life, unfortunately the East Bayside neighborhood has faced persistent environmental, social, and economic challenges, and until recently been neglected. 

Fortunately, East Bayside does have strengths to build upon and has recently seen many positive initiatives. East Bayside is home to the most diverse census tract population in Maine (according to the 2010 census, 63% of the residents identified themselves as white; the mean for the state is 98% white). Furthermore, East Bayside has perhaps the most diverse spectrum of land uses of any neighborhood in Portland, including a range of residential property types, light industrial uses, open space and parks, and retail and commercial businesses. Increasingly, the neighborhood has become home to startup arts venues, artists’ studios, ethnic businesses, and new home ownership.

Our goal is to design plant and grow an edible urban forest, that inspires our community to gather, grow their own food, rehabilitate our local ecosystem, and is a model for edible landscaping throughout Portland.  The East Bayside Neighborhood Organization (EBNO), the City of Portland Maine, the Mayor’s Urban Agricultural Committee, and The Resilient Hub, are transforming the Bayside Trail into edible food forest. This mission, called Edible East Bayside (EEB) is to inspire our community to gather together, grow our own food, share skills, increase cultural understanding through food, and rehabilitate our local ecosystem.

The end goal of EBNO and the City of Portland is to bring edible, and low carbon use landscaping to all of Portland's open spaces.

Where it's at:

Bayside Trail
Portland, ME 04101-3110
United States

Garden type:

demonstration/education garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

food insecure people and immigrants

Number of people reached:

2 420

What this project needs:

expert technical assistance

Project leaders:

Christopher Wright
Lisa Fernandes

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606