Fruit Tree Workshop Coming to Overlook

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

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 with your name and contact info.

Cosponsored by Daybreak Cohousing and Sustainable Overlook


Summer pruning fruit trees.

Overlook Neighborhood Sustainability Summit

Overlook to host its first Sustainability Summit

by Josh Cabot

The Overlook Neighborhood has a built-in fabric of amazing individuals that always seem busy with activities aimed at bettering our community’s health, livability and resilience.  The folks that volunteer for Sustainable Overlook have met some of these amazing individuals over the past few years and would like to “circle the wagons” with these inspiring individuals and the neighborhood at large to learn more about the efforts of each group and how we can all coordinate our efforts to continue improving this place we call home.

With this idea in mind, we would like to announce the first Overlook Sustainability Summit to be held on Saturday February 21st, of the quickly approaching 2015.  The event will be organized into three chapters of presentations and whole-room discussions that focus on the three primary dimensions of sustainability:  ecology, economy and equity.  Topics such as going pesticide free, building even greater support for our local small businesses and supporting social justice at this micro level will all be woven into the conversation. Taken as a whole, we hope that this event will help us to better understand the landscape of community activism happening in our neighborhood and help to grow an even stronger community network.

The total running time will be about 4 hours and will include lunch by New American.  This event is open to anyone: whether you’re a local neighbor interested in bettering our little piece of Portland or perhaps a farther flung citizen that would like to learn more and/or provide insights about your own neighborhood’s quest for more sustainable living.

Sustainable Overlook will sponsor the event, however a donation of $10 is suggested for anyone who might want to attend so that we can defray some of the event costs.  If you would like to participate, either as an attendee, event assistant or panel presenter, please e-mail Josh Cabot at  Hope to see you there!