2019 Workshop Series!

Happy new year everyone!

We’re gearing up for a great year with Sustainable Overlook. This year we are focusing on offering a series of monthly workshops on practical ways to relocalize our food system and help our pollinators. The series starts with seed saving, fruit tree pruning and native wildflower gardening. 

February

Fruit Tree Pruning and Care with April Jamison
Sunday, February 17, from 12-3 pm 
Beach School Garden, 1710 N Humboldt St. 
Sliding scale $10-25 Details and registration here.

Demystify winter fruit tree pruning with this hands-on workshop with orchard expert April Jamison of Garden EcologyWe’ll start by getting familiar with the basics, and then we’ll have a demonstration and practice time, giving the school garden’s two apple trees some thoughtful and loving care.

In this class you will learn:

• Tools of the trade
• When & why to prune
• Types of cuts & how to make them
• Step-by-step process
• Tips on training, restoration, and more!

Bring gloves and your favorite pruning tools such as hand pruners, folding saw or loppers if you have them. Dress for the weather.

March

Seed Swap Brunch

Saturday, March 2
9:30 am Brunch, 10:30-1 pm Seed Swap
Alice Busch’s House – 2224 N Willamette. Portland OR 97217
Free! Details and registration HERE.
Get ready for spring and summer by joining our seed swap.  It is intended to help our up and coming gardener gather enough seeds from those of us saving – that they can SAVE money by sharing in our bounty!  Whether you have seeds to share – or are coming to collect seeds to plant for our coming gardening seasons – you are encouraged to join us and our crew of  aspiring and experienced gardeners. If you have seeds to share – bring them, if not, bring containers/envelopes to take home seeds you plan to nurture into bountiful crops of beauty and food 🙂

If folks will be joining us for brunch they should arrive by 9:30am and bring an a brunch item to share: French press ground coffee, cheese(what kind), a veggie (what kind), a syrup (kind), eggs, or fruit (what kind), non dairy milk/cream substitute (what kind),

Alice will provide: compostable plates, utensils, washable napkins, teas, half & half, bacon, potatoes, and pancakes (please let us know if you would like a gluten-free pancake option.)

Wildflower and Pollinator Workshop

Saturday, March 30, 12-3 pm 
Beach School Garden, 1710 N Humboldt St.
Sliding scale $10-25 Details and registration here.

Bees need habitat, and habitat needs tending. Engage the human impulse to tend the land in this hands-on workshop at the new 1,000 sq. ft. meadow garden at Beach Elementary. Explore the Willamette Valley native meadow plantings and see early season pollinators in action. You will learn:

  • Weed and native plant identification
  • Tending practices and a little about the background of this important ecosystem in our region – and how you can start your own low-maintenance/low-water use meadow patch to help bees.
  • Take home native wildflower seed!

Bring gloves and your favorite weeding/digging tool. Dress for the weather. Ages 10 and up. 
Childcare provided at no cost for kids 5-10. Please register online.

Questions? mulysa@resiliencedesign.com

Instructor Mulysa Melco is an ecological landscape designer, horticulturist, and artist with a lifelong passion for plants and exploring our connection with the land. She teaches botany and ecology classes for the Portland Underground Graduate School. 

Upcoming workshops might be on worm composting, gardening with kids and more.

Have a suggestion for a topic you want to learn about in community? Email mulysa@resiliencedesign.com

Trillium School VBC project and Patton Park Block Party

Info from Planet Repair on The Trillium Schoolyard Project, part of the 2017 Village Building Convergence (VBC):

Trillium Schoolyard Project (map)

The Trillium Schoolyard Project is an ongoing effort to create a built environment that is safe, inviting and “resilient by design,” that is best suited to the flourishing of human community and ecological systems. To build community power around this cause, we want to make a big splash, with a small splash of color. So, we asked art students to create colorful designs that can be painted on the blacktop. One of three blacktop mural design finalists will be installed. Students at every K-12 level will have the opportunity to paint or participate in less-intensive projects, like planting or sign-making. The next day, we will open our schoolyard to the community at-large, in celebration of our block. Our adjacent neighbors will be invited to showcase their goods, services and community projects, and we will have maps available for a self-guided public art tour of the neighborhood.

We will hold two cleanup and groundskeeping events on May 12th and May 26th, from 12-2pm, to prep our site for painting and students for participating in a community build. Interested in a site tour and information about how to get involved during the VBC? Drop in! The installation and celebration are scheduled for June 1-2; all day on June 1st, and from 12-5pm on June 2nd. Community members at-large are welcome to our celebration, which falls on opening day of the VBC. Make us your first stop on your tour of North Portland VBC projects, because we will be handing out maps marked with all the rest. Our staff includes several local musicians, who will play a combined set, and we have invited the makers in our parent community to showcase their works, too; please stay tuned for the final schedule of arts & cultural programming as the date approaches.

https://www.facebook.com/TrilliumSchoolyard/

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The Economics of Happiness

Join Sustainable Overlook for an inspiring documentary right before the election.

Sunday, November 6th at the Lucky Lab Taproom on N. Killingsworth Ave. 

Film starts at 7 pm. Discussion afterwards. Free! All are welcome. Food and drinks available for purchase.

This film produced by Helena Norberg-Hodge “features many voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change. The documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. While government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power, people around the world are resisting those policies and working to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm: an economics of localization.” (Wikipedia)

“An award-winning documentary film, The Economics of Happiness, spells out the social, spiritual, and ecological costs of today’s global economy. Importantly, the film also highlights the many benefits of a shift towards the local, and showcases some of the steps people are already taking worldwide.” (Local Futures.org)