#COMMUNITYBLOOMING | We are excited for our third year as place makers with City Repair and as a community, we are reaping the rewards of being a community that is blooming! Over the last few years our community has transitioned from a place of fear and disconnectedness, to knowing each other and expressing ourselves as a community through long term and multi-site projects. This year we are repainting our two intersections, working with local nurseries to install a pollinator strip, and collaborating with a permaculture program to develop a long-term design to the community garden site. The intersections and community garden continue to unite us physically and metaphorically as we lay roots to reap a harvest of food and relationships in the years to come.
Sat, June 4, 1pm-4pm: Community garden work party
Sat, June 11 *, 9am-4pm: Intersection painting; 10am-12pm: Kids activities TBD | 2pm-2:30pm: Scavenger hunt for kids | 2:30pm-3pm: Yoga for kids | 3pm-3:30pm: Snacks and story-time for kids | 3:30pm-4pm: Mat tag + yoga and story-time for kids
Sun, June 12*, 9am-4pm: Intersection painting; 2pm-4pm: Kids activities TBD
*Note: These dates and times are tentative. If we get rained out, we will move the event to June 18th and June 19th. Please visit our event page as the date approaches for the most up-to-date schedule.
#ONGOINGVBC | This April marks the 25th year of the "OnGoing Community". Activated by two women with the foresight of a neighborhood where food justice, affordable housing, permaculture and goats were the latches holding together what is now a resilient and tightly woven basket of neighbors, animals and bikes. The future vision holds true to its roots while attempting to creatively respond to the changing climate of urbanity while focusing its strengths on housing accessibility, emergency preparedness, and food production. The Going street artery is a major bike thoroughfare and offers a wonderfully safe environment for kids, elders and retired kidz. We raise goats, are a part of a 5-house-twice/wk dinner program, grow hundreds of pounds of food, host events, practice permaculture and general urban guerilla planting tomfoolery. Come play! We will be hosting a Faerie Haus building workshop for all ages.
Sat, June 11, 10am-4pm: We will be hosting a hootenanny worth of hands-on, village-style learning and creative art projects on. We'll be painting the street, serving delicious local foods, hosting bamboo and willow thatching/fencing projects, some light gardening and offering neighborhood-class childcare! We will be hosting a Faerie Haus building workshop for all ages. Music and shade provided.
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
PRI is an urban permaculture node in Portland that provides a thrilling example of how to "transition" an ordinary living circumstance into a thriving example of low-impact, sustainable urban living. Located at the birthplace of City Repair itself, PRI has been a vision-in-action demonstration project since 1996. This year, we will be completing some "national de-fence" projects with various neighbors, installing and repairing rain water collection and greywater systems including swales, and doing a fine amount of community placemaking while we're at it!
Sun, June 5, 9am-4pm: National De-Fence projects, finishing an outdoor kitchen, swales Mon, June 6, 9am-4pm: Rain barrels, fix teeny house, oil cob plasters, more swales Tue, June 7, 1pm-5pm: Rain barrels for neighbors Wed, June 8, 2pm-4pm: PRI Site Tour Fri, June 10: Community compost facility landscape upgrades
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!
#JEANSFARMPDX | Nestled among towering fir trees and bordered by Johnson Creek, Jean's Farm hosts Mother Earth School's grades program, offers farm visits for Portland area schools and grows food for a small CSA. The farm is maintained by the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children. IPEC also offers summer trainings for teachers who are inspiring change at their schools across the country.
Fri, June 3, 10am-2pm: Jean's Farm work party! Plant, harvest, prep for building projects
Sat, June 4, 10am-4pm: Farm kitchen improvement project: the new roof
Sun, June 5, 10am-4pm: Farm kitchen improvement project: the new countertop
Fri, June 10, 10am-2pm: Jean's Farm work party!
Sat, June 11, 10am-4pm: Japanese Torii building, farm projects
Sun, June 12, 5pm-8pm: Project benefit dinner.
Essential Access Information:
There is no vehicle access to Jean's Farm. ALL VISITORS arriving by vehicle must park on SE 36th or SE 40th Aves and walk to the black fence gate and the number 3707. Bikes are OK to ride down the entrance. Follow signs to Jean's Farm and be sure to greet the landowner, Steve Johnson, if you see him. Lunches will be provided on all public event days. Bring appropriate clothes for the weather. Children are welcome with supervision. No pets, please.
Lloyd EcoDistrict Walking Tour
Start at Double Tree Hilton (1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232) - Portland entrance on NE 11th
Join our walk to see for yourself why Lloyd EcoDistrict is aiming to be the most vibrant, sustainable and livable urban neighborhood in the nation. This collaborative community sustainability effort has already lead to a 10% decrease in district energy use in only two years, as well as a host of transportation improvements, and many upcoming waste projects. Learn about the district's pioneering programs such as LAMP, a bulk buying program for LEDs, see Oregon Convention Center's huge solar display, and tour innovative features such as NORM, the neighborhood's friendly organic matter recycling machine.
Tue, June 7, 10am-11:30am. We will be starting at the Doubletree Hotel entrance on NE 11th. On our walk we will visit the following models of sustainability: DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, Bonneville Power Administration, Hassalo on Eighth (and NORM), the Separated Bikeway and Pollinator Corridor, Liberty Center, East West College of the Healing Arts, Metro Regional Center, and the Oregon Convention Center.
#EMERSONSTREETGARDENVBC | Join Groundwork Portland, an environmental justice non-profit that drives community-led brownfield remediation, provides youth green job training, and advocates to ensure diverse voices are heard with issues such as the Willamette River Superfund cleanup .
For VBC we will be inviting you to our first fully remediated brownfield site, the Emerson Street Community Garden. The garden needs some love so to remedy this we’d like to gather Portlanders, share some fresh food, present the history of the site, and do some gardening! Lets celebrate Emerson Street Garden’s journey from urban blight to a place to connect.
Back in 1994, a long time neighborhood resident’s house tragically burned to the ground leaving the property toxic with lead contamination. Through a strong and sustained community led effort it has become a place where local residents and youth from nearby schools and elsewhere can gather and learn from nature. Since the summer of 2015 we now have all the lead toxin removed! For this summer we are starting our first organic growing season and have plans to continue upgrading the space for the benefit of the community. Come enjoy, food, sunshine, storytelling, and great company this summer!
Sat, June 4, 10am-2pm: Garden workparty, with lunch at noon.