Fruits of Diversity Community Orchard
Fruits of Diversity Community Orchard (FOD) in North Portland was created by and for the community with the goal to provide access to fresh fruit to residents of the Tamarack Apartments, New Columbia, and other North Portland community members while also cultivating community leaders and educational opportunities to learn about fruit production. Village Gardens and Portland Fruit Tree Project collaboratively manage the project with support from Home Forward and East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.
In February 2013, community members came together to launch this exciting new project, and began to collectively design the orchard. On April 6th, over 60 community members (including special guests, Mayor Charlie Hales and Home Forward Representative, Michael Buonocore) came out to help plant 18 new fruit trees and over 50 edible shrubs. An additional 7 fruits trees and around a dozen edible shrubs, compliments of a generous donation from City Farm, were planted 2 weeks later. In June of 2013, community members and orchard coordinators engaged in an intentional naming process for the orchard, and decided on Fruits of Diversity as the new name for the orchard!
Currently, the orchard is home to over 48 fruit trees, dozens of edible shrubs, medicinal and culinary herbs, native plants for pollinators, and so much more. Each year, the orchard grows in maturity and productivity. Come on by and check it out!
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Fruits of Diversity Community Orchard is located at 4375 N Trenton, or about 200 yards north of the intersection of N Alaska and N Trenton (Bus Stop ID: 5862). Walk north along the sidewalk adjacent to Village Gardens' Seeds of Harmony Community Garden to reach the orchard.
Attend an Orchard 'Work & Learn'
FOD 'Work & Learns' take place every 2nd Saturday, from 10am-1pm. (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
(2nd Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm from Feb. - Nov.)
- Signing up for a watering shift
- 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 Fruits of Diversity? Please fill out the online form and our staff will get in touch with your shortly with more details and next steps.
Questions? Email to our Community Orchards Coordinator, April Jamison, with "Fruits of Diversity Steward" in the subject line to april[at]portlandfruit.org
STAY IN TOUCH: Join the Mailing List
- Get invites to upcoming events, including Work & Learns and Harvest Events
If you would like to join the mailing list specifically for Fruit of Diversity Community Orchard (FOD), please email April Jamison at april[at]portlandfruit.org
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