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. 

January

Seed Swap Brunch

Saturday, January 26

9:30 am Brunch

10:30-1pm 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 0930 and bring an item for the brunch.
If joining the brunch, please bring an 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.)

February

Fruit Tree Pruning and Care with April Jamison

Sunday, February 17 from 12-3pm

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

Wildflower and Pollinator Workshop

Saturday, March 30, 12-3pm

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. 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. 

Volunteer at Beach School Garden

The parents, students and staff at our neighborhood elementary have been partnered with community members over the past year on renovating their school garden and build over 1,000 sq. ft. of pollinator habitat. Food from the garden is going to the school’s community pantry and being harvested by kids in the after school Garden SUN program (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods, a project of Self Enhancement Inc.).

There are lots of ways to get involved!

Thursday, Dec. 7, 3-4:30 pm. Garden SUN wreath making. We need extra hands to help kids make wreaths and swags from materials on site.

2018 – help with after school programing, join a garden work party, help water and harvest over the summer or connect with us to lead a project in the garden.

And – you’re welcome to visit the garden anytime during non-school hours and enjoy the flowers, hummingbirds and pollinators!

Contact 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/

#trilliumschoolyard

Permaculture Learning and Work Party – Kid-Friendly!

Saturday, March 18, 11am-2pm

N. Concord Ave and N. Overlook Blvd.

Portland’s first traffic calming Placemaking Project is at the foot of North Concord Ave at Overlook Blvd, next to the big painted intersection. Come re-plant and refresh the groundbreaking planter project with sedums and other ecoroof plants that are low care, low water, high heat, low profile AND pollinator friendly plants. Kids welcome! Make wattle fencing, try honey tasting and have a bee hive visit! Tour the established, 6-year old food producing permaculture site next to the planters, and have fun getting dirty: sheet mulching, installing barriers for cane berries, hugelkultur terrace construction and more digging and planting.

Opportunities to dig and take home some plants (until they run out): Shasta daisies, blue Japanese iris, white iris, black currants, red currants, blackberries (shuksan), raspberries, rhubarb. Bring a shovel and carry home container to dig your own.

Bring the kids! Dress for weather (raingear, or sunscreen and hat if the sun comes out!), and bring your gloves and hand tools if you have them (some available), and a water bottle. Snacks provided.

Sponsored by The City Repair Project and Sustainable Overlook

Questions? Email sustainable @ overlook neighborhood. org

GPS: 3908 N Concord Ave 97227

Fall Film Series!

Join Sustainable Overlook for four great documentaries that will change the way you look at food, the economy and community. 

Free! All are welcome.

At New American Restaurant, 2103 N. Killingsworth St.:

Wednesday, Oct. 12    Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective

Tuesday, Oct. 25       The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

At Lucky Lab Tap Room, 1700 N. Killingsworth St.:

Sunday, Nov. 6         The Economics of Happiness

Tuesday, Nov. 22       Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

Films start at 7 pm. Discussion afterwards.

Food and drink available for purchase.

www.sustainableoverlook.orgeconomics-happiness-film

Sustainable Overlook 2106 Film series Poster