Fruits of Diversity Community Orchard
Our new Community Orchard in North Portland was created 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. In February 2013, community members came together to launch this exciting new project, and begin to collectively design the orchard. Over the course of 2 months, numerous community members participated in orchard planning meetings to decide on what plants and trees to include in the orchard and to help plan an initial groundbreaking event. 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, along with sheet mulching all of the new plantings. 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 May, volunteers planted understory and pollinator friendly plants, and finished spreading mulch around the new plantings. As of summer 2013, the orchard is home to over 40 fruit trees, around 100 edible shrubs, and countless understory and companion plants and will continue to grow each year! 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!
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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.
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We are all done for 2013, but are planning BIG things for next year including a schedule of regularly-held, educational work parties as well as a volunteer position similar in design to the Sabin Orchard Steward but unique to the Fruits of Diversity Community.
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