Wolfgang Kahler | Jodie@gorge.net | 541-490-6110 | https://www.facebook.com/events/102258696860196/
#JODIEANDLORENZOCOBOVEN | Welcome to our cob oven project where middle earth meets Alberta street. This site is easy to reach by bike and by bus. Come stroll the unique neighborhood Alberta Arts District or soak at the local Kennedy School with a local libation after a rewarding day.
This is an eclectic project where we have combined natural materials, driftwood and river stones to create our foundation and roof structure. We aim to complete our cob oven and cob bench with your help. There will be delicious fresh food grown as locally as possible, and cold refreshments. We are a children friendly site and may speak Spanish, Italian or Portuguese at anytime, practice if you wish—we have some native speakers on-site.
Jodie and Lorenzo would love for you to join our family and share your artistic abilities. We are where middle earth meets Alberta Street, humans, fairies and elves all gather to enjoy the pleasures of life!
Friday June 3rd - Sunday June 12th, 10 am - 5 pm
Children are welcome to join our 6 year old and cob play structures or blow bubbles.
RECESS (HOUSE OF MANY NAMES)
2735 SE 30th Ave
Axcelle and Seed, email@example.com, 541-315-4742
#RECESSHOUSEVBC | The Recess house is an intentional community started in Spring 2012 on Multnomah Chinook Land (SE Portland) as a living space for artists, rebels, dreamers, builders, gardeners, and organizers creatively working for social change. As a house, we are committed to egalitarian relationships of respect and cooperation, compassionate care for each other and the Earth, also solidarity with struggles for justice. We are making our space more flexible, accessible, and vibrant by building a cob shed as a social hub, including space for art, tools, meetings, bikes, gardening, rain harvest, and a tea porch. The build will introduce FastCob! to the palette of cob construction methods. Distinct from Oregon Cob, this method is generally faster and more autonomous. Our structure will be constructed mostly from scavengable materials and built to withstand serious earthquakes. We will cover earthquake engineered foundation systems, walls, windows, doors, roof overviews, basic timber framing and woodworking.
Working and Open June 3 - June 12th 10am-6pm, Lunch, Snacks, Tea, and Coffee Included
SPECIAL DAYS Sun, June 5, 10am-6pm: People of Color build day Mon, June 6, 3pm-6pm: Kids build half-day Tue, June 7, 10am-6pm: Women and Trans* build day
#TLCFARM | Tryon Life Community Farm is a sustainability education center nestled in the Southwest Hills alongside Tryon Creek State Park. We have participated in the VBC for 11 years now! We are more than happy to announce that once again we will be partIcipating with some good ol natural building fun. We are transforming our 75 foot greenhouse into a work of art. Starting with the entrance we will be bringing it to life with an earthen remodel, to replace the plastic. Along with a living awning this will be a spectacular addition to the new ethnobotanical educational garden and gathering area.
No experience necessary. Parking is VERY limited. We will be offering a shuttle to and from the central venue, a half hour before work parties begin and returning in time for the evening events. PLEASE RSVP! If you can't make the shuttle, please carpool or even better bike. A simple, delicious, nutritious lunch will be offered along with homemade goat milk ice cream and smoothies for dessert!
Fri, June 3, 10am-4pm: We will be doing some basic carpentry, and mixing cob. Yummy lunch provided.
Sat, June 4 - Sun, June 5th, 10am-4pm: Mixing and layering cob. Yummy lunch provided.
Mon, June 6, 10am-4pm: Mixing and layering cob; installing decorative bottles and window.
Tue, June 7, 10am-4pm: Finishing it up! Mixing and layering cob. Yummy lunch provided.
Wygant Street came together in 2015 to design and paint the first permitted mid-street painting in Portland. A hot day led to an amazing painting party, gifting to our street five long-lasting, colorful flags. This VBC, Width of a Circle has rallied around the cause of insects and pollinators. We are creating a swath of land that will be imbued with predominantly native vegetation, to entice pollinators to enjoy organic drinks of nectar while they collect pollen to spread to other locations. To help these insects, we will be constructing four insect hotels of various form and function. These will be made from vastly different, mostly reused and natural materials including: a 4-foot cob figure with a green-roof, a wildlife stack with gaps and crevasses, a vertical hut with shelves holding fascinating forms and hideaways. These structures will simultaneously provide unique artwork as well as habitat for the creatures that are in great decline in our world! And...we will also repaint our street!
Sat, June 11,8am: Meet on the street for coffee and pastries before we get into building!; 9am: Start to build! We will be separating to work on several insect hotel projects
Sun, June 12, 8am: Meet on the street for coffee and pastries before we get into painting!; 9am: Grab a brush and paint and help to repaint the lovely images that were designed and painted last summer!
#NATIVEPLANTWALKWAY | This site will feature planting and building to give pollinators and bats a welcoming place to land. My home already has 2 established native plant gardens, and Pollinator Parkways has planted the parking strip with native wildflowers and shrubs. Three concurrent projects will be 1) building an outdoor roof structure which will be embellished with bat houses, mason bee hives, and eventually native vines; 2) planting a 175' long area of right-of-way with pollinator-friendly plants; 3) installing a permeable walkway for pedestrians on an unimproved road.
SITE SCHEDULE **CHANGED**: TBA
Greeley Forest Garden
N. Interstate Ave and Greeley Ave.
IMPORTANT ACCESS INFO
To access the site, park or stop at Overlook Park. It is Ok to park in the Kaiser parking lot. Walk down the hill South on Interstate Ave, until you reach the connection where bikes cross over to Greeley Ave, before the stop light. Walk the sidewalk North on Interstate Ave, around the fencing for Hazelnut Grove. Past the fencing there is bike parking, right before you get to the bench and sign - “Welcome to Greeley Forest Garden!”
#GREELEYFORESTGARDEN | Help us welcome honey and mason bees to the Greeley Forest Garden! We will be building a fence around our newly installed hives to protect our friendly pollinators. Additionally, we will be focusing on building pollinator habitat including constructing an herb spiral in the center of our beautiful space. Greeley Forest Garden is a community-driven, permaculture site nestled in the Overlook neighborhood of Portland. Our vision and goals for the site include advocating for social justice through strengthening our food system and bringing people closer to a healthy and sustainable food source. The garden is a partnership between two local nonprofits, the Urban Farm Collective and Sisters of the Road Café. We have a host of multiple fruit and nut trees, perennial shrubs and bushes, and a mix of annual producing vegetables growing throughout the garden space. Please bring water and gloves and come join us for the fun! It will “Bee” a blast!
Sat June 4th - Sun June 5th 1pm-5pm: Assembling Bee Fence
Tue June 7, 11-1pm: Work party with folks from Sisters of the Road Cafe, finishing up the Bee Fence
Sat and Sun, June 11 and 12, 1pm-5pm: Create Herb Spiral and Pollinator habitat
1534 SE 40th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Beth Raisman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Using straw wattles and clay rich site soil, we'll be weaving and sculpting as we transform a basement living space into an underground hobbit hole. Come help us create an earthen sculpture that mimics the root system of a tree that radiates from a 4ft round of Douglas Fir mounted to the ceiling. The roots will wind their way from the bedroom through the rest of the living space.
Using earthen materials and the wattle and daub technique, we'll be making existing square corners in the walls into more curved, organic shapes. Together, we'll also be turning a bookshelf into a cobbed structure. We'll begin each portion of the project on a separate day and then continue on all of them throughout the week until they are finished. There’s plenty to accomplish together! There will be food. Oh yes.
Fri, June 3, 9:30am-4pm: Straw/Clay/Burlap Ceiling Sculpture
Sat, June 4, 9:30am-4pm: Wattle and Daub
Sun, June 5, 9:30am-4pm: Bookshelf Sculpting with Cob
Mon, June 6 - Fri, June 10, 9:30am-4pm: Continue all Projects
Sat, June 11, 9:30am-4pm: Chopped Straw Clay Base Plaster
Sun, June 12, 11am-4pm: Chopped Straw Clay Base Plaster/ Finishing Touches
The Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood in SE Portland is bursting at the seams with cultural diversity, urban farms, artists, and generally good people. We're SO Portland, yet no one seems to know much about the Southeastern-most pocket of this beloved city. We're changing that! The Ogden Street Mural is the first big public art endeavor of the newly formed Artistic Darlings of Brentwood-Darlington. We hope you'll join us in creating non-gentrifying hope and beauty in our neighborhood. We need you Portland!
Sun, June 12: 9am-9pm
Please join local denizens, Portlanders-at-large and a group of tourists from Japan to help paint our beautiful mural design for the intersection at SE 70th + SE Ogden. We'll be painting, have homemade goodies, building Free Libraries, hoping and envisioning for a neighborhood in need of more love and good vibes (not to mention clean air!). There'll probably be live music, too! Please visit the Facebook page for updated schedule and information for this event.
This is a collaborative project with the African American Alliance for Home Ownership. We will canvas the North/Northeast Corridor to locate homeowners in need of minor repairs. We will then recruit volunteers and carry out those repairs on one day, or possibly two days, during the Village Convergence.
Sat, June *11*, 9am-5pm: We will do simple repairs - painting, simple plumbing, minor repairs, etc. for homeowners in need of simple repairs to stay in their homes. For those needing more extensive repairs, we will hook them up with the appropriate agencies.
PSU Grazing Gardens Mosaic Bench
Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 (South side of Smith Memorial Student Union building)
#PSUVBC | “Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath and fire my spirit.”
The Grazing Garden is a small edible space on Portland State University’s urban campus. We (the fantastic Garden Taskforce) have been working with Jordan Fink, local permaculturist, to redesign the space to be more FUNctional. The newly designed garden features a native plant area, raised beds and trellises for vertical complexity. We plan to enhance the area with a concrete bench adorned with mosaic work to honor a student who passed away a few years ago. Our lead artist, Lisa Burgoyne, lives in Sellwood and has extensive knowledge in ceramics, glass and concrete art. The installation of this bench will provide volunteers with the opportunity to experience molds and free form concrete methods while integrating mosaic techniques! Please visit our website for a detailed schedule and photos of our final design!
Tue, June 7, 10am-3:30pm: Working on the bench.
*3:30pm yoga class: Meet @ in the park blocks adjacent to the Grazing Gardens. Bring your own mat, and prepare to celebrate the successful end of our first VBC day.
Wed, June 8, 10am-2pm: Working on the bench.
2 pm: Meet at the Grazing Gardens. We will be leading a Garden tour that will visit the most innovative garden spaces on campus!
Thur, June 9, 10am-4pm: Working on the bench featuring children’s activities our Garden Taskforce members in the park blocks!
*Volunteers who are able to spend a full day on site are extra-appreciated for concrete work because there is a learning curve and detail to attention is needed! We will have small community art projects going on in the garden throughout the duration of the project. Stop by to contribute and connect with us! Lunch everyday from 1-2 featuring delicious and seasonal pizza from HotLips!