Sabin Community Orch

Sabin Community Orchard was established in February of 2010 as a collaborative partnership between Portland Fruit Tree Project and Sabin Community Association. The orchard is located on a sloped public right-of-way at NE Mason Street between NE 18th and 19th Avenues. The property is owned by Portland Bureau of Transportation. Fourteen new fruit trees were planted in 2010 and 2011, to accompany two existing cherry trees and an apple tree. A community design charette in fall of 2010 (led by permaculturist Connie Van Dyke) engaged neighbors in brainstorming ideas and desires for the site.  In 2011 we established under-story plantings around each fruit tree, water catching swales along the slope, sheet mulch, edging, and signs at both entrances.

2012 marked the first year of the Sabin Orchard Steward program, while we celebrated the installation of a trellis system on the northern edge of the orchard as well as our first harvesting event at the orchard. 

Now, in 2017, we have a group of 18 community orchard stewards who collaboratively share in the leadership at this site, doing event planning and facilitation, leading hands-on educational events at the orchard, and conducting neighborhood-scale community outreach and volunteer engagement. 

The orchard is now home to 30 fruit trees and dozens of edible and beneficial understory plants, all which function as a multi-layered 'Food-Forest" of fruit trees, shrubs, vines, native plants for pollinators, and so much more. Swing by and check it out! Please forage respectfully. 


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Sabin Community Orchard is located on a sloped public right-of-way at NE Mason Street between NE 18th and 19th Avenues.

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