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.
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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.
Mothly 'Work & Learn' Events take place every 3rd Sunday, from 2:00pm-4:00pm (Feb.- Nov.)
These events are FREE, open to the public, and are kid/family-friendly.
Seasonal Topics, Guest Instructors, and so much more.
No experience nessisary.
Click the following link for details regarding "Upcoming Events" and/or to register today!
Become an Orchard Steward in 2017!
GENERAL ACTIVITIES OF COMMUNITY ORCHARD STEWARD INCLUDE...
- Attending & Assisting with Monthly “Work & Learn” sessions as your interests, skills, and schedule allows
(3rd Sundays from 2:00PM – 4:00PM, Feb. - Nov.)
- Signing up for 1-2 summer watering shifts
(2hour shifts. 1/week from June-Oct.)
- Assisting with FOD-specific Harvest Events as your schedule allows
- Optional: Assume further leadership or projects based on your specific interests and availability
Interested in becoming a Community Orchard Steward at Sabin Community Orchard? Please click on the following link and fill out the online form -- our staff will get in touch with your shortly with more details and next steps.
STAY IN TOUCH: Join the Mailing List
- Get invites to upcoming events, including Work & Learns and Sabin-specific Harvest Events
If you would like to join the mailing list specifically for Sabin Community Orchard, please email April Jamison at april[at]portlandfruit.org