Verde Landscape is operated by Verde, a tax-exempt nonprofit group with the following mission:

"Verde serves communities by building environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach and advocacy."

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Our Story

Verde Landscape is a landscape contracting business (License # 8703) and commercial herbicide operator (License # AG-L1002553CPO) that recruits crew members from Hacienda Community Development Corporation (CDC)'s affordable housing units, the Cully neighborhood, and other low-income communities.

Verde Landscape is Verde’s longest-running social enterprise; it commenced operations in 2005 (the year Verde—the nonprofit organization—was established) by providing landscape maintenance services to Hacienda CDC properties. Since that time, it has progressed to offer higher-value, higher-skilled services in and outside the Cully neighborhood, including stormwater management, habitat restoration, sustainable landscape installation and maintenance.

Beyond simply serving as a landscape contractor, Verde Landscape seeks to develop a genuine, sincere relationship with our clients through our value-added services that improve the environment while engaging communities in green workforce development. Verde Landscape is made up of a crew that participates in a long-term (four-year) training program, the goal of which is to connect low-income people of color in the Cully neighborhood and other racially diverse and low-income neighborhoods in the Portland area with access to good jobs in the green economy, while also investing in their long-term career development.     

 

 

 

 Crew members Rosa and Zoemy prepare a pathway at Cully Park. 

Crew members Rosa and Zoemy prepare a pathway at Cully Park. 

 Crew members pose on the Tilikum Bridge where they provide maintenance for the landscaping features. 

Crew members pose on the Tilikum Bridge where they provide maintenance for the landscaping features.