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.
Interested in volunteering at the orchard? Come out to a work & learn! They are fun, educational, and take place the third Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm. For a full list of topics see below.
Want to schedule a service learning field trip at Sabin? Send an email with "Service Learning Project" in the title to Gareth@portlandfruit.org
Work & Learns take place on the third Sunday of every month from 2:00 - 4:30 PM. Look below for exact dates and topics (click the link to register for each event):
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If you'd like to join the mailing list for the Sabin Community Orchard, please email Gareth Stacke at Gareth[at]portlandfruit.org.