Parkrose Community Orchard
Parkrose Community Orchard is our fifth and newest orchard. Located on the property of Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, it is home to about 30 fruit trees, edible shrubs and vines, herbs, and as well many other understory plants, including hundreds of native plants.
Eastminster Community Garden, a Grow Portland site, lies adjacent to the orchard on the same property. The church’s parking lot is landscaped by Friends of Trees. While Project YESS, an environmental group that focuses on underserved youth involvement, was able to double our efforts in merging watershed health and urban agricultural efforts by planting a native hedgerow and additional native plantings throughout the site. These are just a few of the partnerships Parkrose Community United Church of Christ has nurtured in support of strengthening community.
With the support of Alliance for Community Trees, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, and East Portland Action Plan, Parkrose Community Orchard was officially inaugurated in October 2015. Permaculture design students lead by a local PCC Educator, Marisha Auerbach, as well as scores of other committed volunteers contributed to the design. With the help of community leaders and volunteers, a modified version of the design was implementation over the course of the last two years.
While Parkrose Community Orchard is still very young, and not producing much in the way of fruit, it's a great opportunity to get outside, connect with neighbors, and learn a whole lot about not only young fruit tree care, but "Food-Forestry," Pruning, Organic Weed Management, pollinators and so much more.
Work & Learn EVENTS: 3rd Saturdays from 10am-1pm. (Feb.-Nov.)
Seasonal Topics, Guest Instructors, and so much more.
Become an Orchard Steward in 2017!
(Commitment level will vary based on your interest and availability.)
Activities of an orchard steward:
- Attend & assist with Monthly “Work & Learn” sessions as your schedule allows. (3rd Satudays, 10:00am - 1:00pm, Feb. - Nov.)
- Sign up for 1-2 summer watering shifts
(2hour shifts. 1/week from June-Oct.)
- Complete a brief orientation & attend a year-end reflection meeting
- Optional: Assume further leadership or projects based on your specific interests and availability
Interested in becoming a Community Orchard Steward at Parkrose? Send an email to our Community Orchards Coordinator, April Jamison, with "Parkrose Steward" in the subject line to april[at]portlandfruit.org
"Drop-in" Volunteer opportunities too. Register to volunteer at a Work & Learn! (See event schedule below)
STAY IN TOUCH: Join the Mailing List
- Get invites to upcoming events
- Get updates on special projects
If you would like to join the mailing list specifically for Parkrose, please email April Jamison at april[at]portlandfruit.org
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