Sabin Community Orchard
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, installation of a trellis system on the northern edge of the orchard, our first harvesting event at the orchard, and another successful year of partnership with Sabin Community Association. In 2013, the Orchard Steward program doubled in size from 8 to 16. With the help of Whole Foods volunteers a stone pathway through the NE quadrant of the orchard was installed, and the orchard added 100+ pollinator friendly plants during the Spring Earth Day 'Work & Learn.' While there is much still to be done before the Orchard can provide bountiful harvests, the Sabin Community Orchard is already well on its way to becoming a hub of sustainability, recreation, and stewardship in Sabin.
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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.
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 Sundays, 2:00 – 4:00 PM. 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 Sabin Community Orchard? Send an email to our Community Orchards Coordinator, April Jamison, with "Sabin 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 Sundays, 2-4pm (Feb.- Nov.)
2017 Events will take place on 3rd Sundays, from 2-pm (Feb. - Nov.)
Seasonal Topics, Guest Instructors, and so much more.
Event Topics & Details coming soon!
Want to schedule a Service Learning Day? Send an email with "Sabin Service Learning Day" 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 Sabin Community Orchard, please email April Jamison at april[at]portlandfruit.org