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 and dozens of understory and native plants.
The site is most unique in its breadth of partnerships. Eastminster Community Garden, a Grow Portland site, lies adjacent to the orchard on the same property. The population makeup of the community garden is incredibly diverse, Russian and Hmong are probably the two largest groups of gardeners. The church’s parking lot is landscaped by Friends of Trees. Project YESS, an environmental group that focuses on underserved youth involvement, is currently working on creating a native hedgerow. 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, East Portland Action Plan, permaculture design students at PCC, and scores of other committed community volunteers, Parkrose Community Orchard was officially inaugurated in October 2015 (There was also a "soft" opening in May 2015).
Of particular note on Launch Day was the contribution of a local family, The Taylors, that touched us in a special way. They donated three “Jonathon” Apple trees to commemorate their recently deceased son, brother, and uncle, Jonathon. The three trees (representing the three siblings; Jonathan was one of the three) are planted on the east end of the orchard with a commemorative plaque, and his ashes were buried underneath the trees.
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)
EVENTS: 3rd Saturdays from 10am-1pm. (Feb.-Nov.)
2017 Events will take place 3rd Saturdays, from 10am-1pm (Feb.-Nov.)
Seasonal Topics, Guest Instructors, and so much more.
Event Topics & Details coming soon!
Want to schedule a service learning field trip at Parkrose? Send an email with "Service Learning Project" in the title to april[at]portlandfruit.org
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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