With permission from the Urban Forestry Commission, volunteers from Farm School have taken 10 cuttings from the oldest apple tree in the Pacific Northwest and grafted them to root stock, creating 10 descendants which will be planted at various locations in Portland and Vancouver, including Sabin Community Orchard. Read more about it in the Oregonian.
The first annual Sabin Bee-Friendly Backyard Tour is scheduled for Sunday, July 14 from 11:00 to 3:00. The purpose is to raise awareness about the importance of pollinators and share information about how to create healthy bee habitat in an urban garden. We are seeking a few more gardens to be on the tour - would you like to be included? Participating gardens must be bee-friendly, meaning that no pesticides are used, only natural methods of pest control. If you'd like to participate, contact Diane Benson at email@example.com.
Interested in growing food in public spaces, while working with your neighbors on a fun project? Become a Sabin Community Orchard Steward!
The Sabin Community Orchard is a collaborative project between the Portland Fruit Tree Project and the Sabin Community Association, designed to provide delicious fruits and berries - and an opportunity to learn about edible gardening. It's located on a small city-owned lot on Mason Ave, between 18th and 19th.
Orchard Stewards commit to:
* attend an orientation meeting on Tuesday, February 12
* participate in monthly work & learn parties, from 2:00 - 4:00 on the third Sunday, February - November
* be the note-taker for one or two of the work & learn parties, and share your notes with others
* one mid-summer watering shift to keep the young trees and shrubs healthy
To apply, request an application by calling 503-284-6106 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with "Sabin Orchard Steward Interest" in the subject line. Applications are due Friday, February 1. No experience is necessary, though gardening or orchard experience is a plus!
Urban Growth Bounty's new season of classes expands your knowledge about growing abundant fruit and vegetables, raising chickens and bees, improving your soil and yard, and making delicious cheese. The classes are taught by Portland experts and will make 2012 a more sustainable, healthier year for the earth, your family and your budget.
I'd like to be part of a community of people with whom I can share new experiences and adventures such as making our own solar ovens or building a chicken coop. So, I've started a new Meetup group called NE Portland Homesteaders - a place for people to share urban homesteading knowledge and friendship, while helping each other achieve a higher level of food and energy independence. Let's support each other as we learn more about diverse topics from food preservation to raising livestock in the city. On February 18th, this group is going to have it's inaugural meeting where we get to know each other and start to plan for our future. If you've ever wanted to "grow your own" now is a great time to join. You can get more details and RSVP through Meetup - hope to see you there!