Please join Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry, Overlook Neighborhood Association, and Sustainable Overlook to celebrate the famous and magnificent tree that was the namesake of Madrona Park. As you may know, this sentinel tree fell down on a windless day in February and has now been brought back to the park to serve as a nurse log for the bluff’s fragile habitat.
This dedication will honor the Madrona tree’s cycle of life by celebrating with food, heritage tree coaster/necklace souvenirs, historical information and fun kids’ educational activities, as well as information about future restoration efforts and volunteer opportunities in the Park.
When: Wednesday, May 20 6:45 pm
Where: Madrona Park at 2499 N Wygant (limited parking please use Wygant, Humboldt or Alberta to access the park)
Learn more at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/530255
Join Sustainable Overlook for the next general meeting on 3rd Thursday, May 21st from 6:30-8:30 pm at New American at 2103 N. Killingsworth Ave.
We’ll be discussing the upcoming Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour (6/6), reviewing recent events and discuss neighborhood sustainability topics. Summit agenda items to firstname.lastname@example.org or just come to the meeting!
Food and beverages available for purchase.
Tomorrow! Sunday, May 3, 10 am to noon
See the our neighborhood flora in a new way as Rewild Portland’s Sarah Hill interprets the weeds and wild plants along our bluff and around the neighborhood. In this intro level walk, participants will learn the principals of gathering wild plant foods, focusing on harvesting ethics, basic plant ID, and common edible ‘weeds’. At the end of the walk, participants will be able to sample a few dishes made with locally harvested wild foods, and have the tools and resources to begin exploring the world of foraging. Rewild Portland aims to reconnect people with the ancestral skills and knowledge we were all once rooted in, and by doing so spur regeneration for the land, community and self. Suggested donation $10.
Dress for the weather, bring gloves and a small digging tool (optional) and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions when you register if you want to try recipe samples.
Meet at 10 am at the picnic shelter at Overlook Park. We’ll end up at the Historic Oak meadow on the 3900 block of Overlook Terrace.
A message from Sustainable Overlook steering committee member and summit organizer Josh Cabot:
We want to send a BIG thank you to everyone that came out last month and participated in our neighborhood’s first Sustainability Summit. There was so much to cover and so we just made a few first steps, but it’s a tremendous start!
A few of the big ideas that percolated out of the day included:
- Local economy is strengthened by looping our material and monetary flows back into our immediate community. Perhaps we can develop a directory and map, or other method, for listing all of our neighborhood’s local businesses so that residents can make informed decisions that encourage them to look locally first when seeking out goods and services.
- As a community we need to take a more direct look at equity issues in Overlook and find ways to be more culturally inclusive. A series of “courageous conversations”, as Cinda Jackson coined it, could be an especially direct way to engage communities of all colors and cultures here in Overlook.
- Social Equity and Resilience (aka Emergency Preparedness) are strengthened as neighbors get to know each other better. Block parties are great ways for each street/block to know itself and to stay coordinated as a small piece of our broader community. While a lot of block parties already happen throughout the summer in Overlook, maybe it would be more productive and interesting to ask all blocks to try and host a party on the same day…much like the Yard Sale / Free Share that happens on the same weekend every year across the entire neighborhood.
- We have the power to directly shape the world around us – particularly the physical environment. Exercising thoughtfulness around the plants we put into the ground and the chemicals we use to amend our yards and gardens is especially key. Being pesticide free as a neighborhood is entirely possible, and using native plants to transform our outdoor spaces into rich ecologies is a great first step toward that goal. Identifying and protecting the existing natural spaces we do have on the edges of neighborhood, such as the bluff, can certainly improve Overlook’s natural beauty, but perhaps more importantly it allows us to do our part for the broader ecologic health of the region.
A more thorough summary can be found on the Summit page here.
If you have other ideas, please do share them with us! Everything we talked about at this summit is achievable if we all lift a little bit.
If you did not get a chance to leave feedback for us about how the day went and how Sustainable Overlook is doing in general, please email comments and ideas to email@example.com
I hope this helps us sustain our momentum going forward toward greater health, livability and resilience. Now go out there and help make it happen!
KGW Ch. 8 news featured our project to become a pesticide-free neighborhood. Check out the video here: “Portland Neighbors Pledge to Stop Using Pesticides.” February 23, 2015
Edible Plant Sale
Pre-order: now through March 31 Click here for order forms and catalog
Plant pick-up: Saturday, April 18th, 10 am to 4 pm (New American, 2103 N. Killingsworth Ave.)
Create an abundant food forest in your yard or just add a few fun fruit and berry bushes to your landscape. Resilience Design Landscaping is holding a pre-order plant sale with pick-up at the Sustainable Overlook Spring Gardening Fair. Order from a selection of hardy fruit trees, berry bushes and fruiting vines, plus veggie and herb starts and seeds. Offerings will include apples, persimmons, blueberries, rhubarb, kiwi and much more. All the plants are locally grown (many right here in Overlook) and are organic and/or Salmon Safe Certified. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Sustainable Overlook’s neighborhood outreach projects and pesticide-free Arbor Lodge Park.
Order forms are available at www.resiliencedesign.com. Pick up your plant order on Saturday, April 18th and check out our spring info fair in front of New American with natural gardening resources from Metro, co-sponsor North Portland Food Not Lawns and more.
The Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 28th from 9 am to noon at Daybreak Cohousing. There is still time to learn proper pruning technique and get your trees in good shape for the year. Click here to register.
Registration now open – details and sign up here.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead
The Center for Earth Leadership is starting a new Agent of Change training in February. Sustainable Overlook’s founder Leslee Lewis has taken this training and been involved with the Center for a number of years and highly recommends it. Led by Co-Directors Jeanne and Dick Roy, Center programs empower participants to assume a hands-on leadership role in the Northwest sustainability movement by (1) being an intentional agent of change, (2) reducing personal impact on Earth, and/or (3) becoming an assertive advocate for Earth. Here are some details on the upcoming training. Register at their website.
Dates: Five Mondays -
February 23, March 2, 9, 16, and April 13
Time: 6:00-7:45 p.m.
Location: Downtown Portland
Our cornerstone Agent of Change Program begins with a six-session training, “How to Be an Agent of Change in Your Circle Influence.” Over 1,000 adults have enrolled.
Each participant selects a circle in advance of the course (see the “Project Ideas by Circle” PDF for inspiration). During the training, each participant develops a plan to effect change, and, in consultation with other participants, takes first steps to implement it. After completing the training, through our Agent of Change Network, participants receive ongoing support, inspiration, and education.
Individually, our trained agents achieve tangible, visible results as they construct building blocks for a sustainable culture within their circles of influence. Collectively, they form a legion of trained agents fanning out across the greater Portland community to transform the broader culture.
PLEASE NOTE: This workshop has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 28th. Click here to register.
Winter Pruning – Fruit Trees
Daybreak Cohousing Community Room – 2525 N. Killingsworth Ave.
January 17th, 2015 – 9 am to noon
Apples. Photo: Monica Maggio
Good, timely pruning can improve the shape, strength, and fruit set of your trees while simultaneously helping to reduce pest and disease pressure. Certain fruit trees benefit from winter pruning (Jan-Feb), while others benefit greatly from summer pruning (June-Aug). In this class we will cover the fruit trees that are best pruned in the winter, general pruning theory, as well as specific techniques to help you learn how to make the best cuts on your fruit trees with confidence and skill! Methods taught are organic and incorporate permaculture principles.
Taught by local fruit tree expert Monica Maggio of Core Fruit Institute.
$10 suggested donation. Donate by cash or check at the class or use the donate button on our about page to contribute by credit/debit.
Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact info.
Cosponsored by Daybreak Cohousing and Sustainable Overlook
Summer pruning fruit trees.