About Us

Our Mission

Community Cultivators creates community for older and underserved people in neighborhoods through accessible organic gardening, educational workshops and community events.

What We Do

Community Cultivators builds community among seniors and underserved people through organic gardening. Active in the Portland Metro region, we provide accessible, raised garden beds in neighborhood locations. Working with non-profit organizations such as houses of worship, residential communities and other sites, we create community gardens for neighboring seniors and other underserved populations. In addition to growing healthy, organic vegetables, neighbors meet each other while tending their garden plots or while participating in on-site workshops and classes on topics ranging from organic gardening, to preserving foods, to cooking and nutrition. Our member gardens also host events, such as neighborhood potlucks, to further strengthen community bonds. Sustainable gardening. Healthy, organic foods. Engaging seniors in our communities. Cultivating Community. This is Community Cultivators.


The name “Community Cultivators” was established in early 2017 as a DBA (doing-business-as) of Weaver’s Tale Retreat Center (WTRC), a non-profit organization with the mission of connecting elders to nature. WTRC was founded in 1993 by massage therapist Edie Seyl Polson and offered day-long nature retreats for seniors, who primarily resided in care facilities, and their caregivers.

The name Weaver’s Tale originated from the concept of seniors sharing their life stories (tales) while participating in (weaving) therapeutic activities such as massage, nature, music, art and others.  Although we retain WTRC as our legal name, we chose to create a business name that more clearly encompasses the work we’re doing to serve older and underserved people.

With a growing emphasis on aging in place, strengthening community and access to healthy organic food, Community Cultivators emerged in 2017. Its focus is to provide accessible, organic gardening in neighborhood locations throughout Portland, Oregon with the purpose of building community for seniors through gardening, education and programming. For Weaver’s Tale the legacy of connecting people with nature remains strong alongside the additional goals of offering nutritious food and creating community connections.

The People That Make Community Cultivators Possible

Board of Directors

Staff & Volunteers