Green Thumb Community Orchard
Owned by Portland Parks and Recreation, and co-operatively managed by Portland Community Gardens and the Portland Fruit Tree Project, the Green Thumb Community Orchard is a historic orchard here in SE Portland.
Currently, a group of new and returning Community Orchard Stewards hold monthly 'Work & Learn' Events which are free and open to the public. We additionally host a number of Service-learning events with local Universities and Community Agencies, such as Central City Concern, Portland State University, and Lewis & Clark University.
This orchard is one of our most productive (fruitfully speaking), where we are able to share in the harvest throughout the harvest season (July-Oct). Currently, the Green Thumb Community Orchard is home to over 60 fruit and nut trees, dozens of edible shrubs, as well as native plants for local pollinators. Last year alone, we harvested over 1,892 lbs of fruit from Green Thumb, donating over 1,035 lbs of fruit to local food pantry partners and health clinics for further distribution to local families in the area.
Please note that this Community Orchard is inside of a gated location. The best way to check out the orchard and get involved is by registering for an upcoming "Work & Learn," Harvest Event, and/or becoming a Green Thumb Community Orchard Steward.
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Green Thumb Community Orchard is is adjacent to Brentwood Community Garden on SE 57th Avenue and Cooper Street, and lies within the same site as the Learning Gardens Laboratory.
Monthly 'Work & Learn' Events:
Every 4th Saturday from 10am-1pm. (Feb.-Nov.)
These events are FREE, open to the public, and are kid/family-friendly.
Seasonal Topics, Guest Instructors, and so much more.
No experience nessisary.
Click the following link for details regarding "Upcoming Events" and/or to register today!
Become an Orchard Steward in 2017!
Activities of an orchard steward include...
- Attending & assisting with Monthly “Work & Learn” sessions as your schedule allows.
(4th Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm from Feb. - Nov.)
- Signing up for 1-2 summer watering shifts
(2hour shifts. 1/week from June-Oct.)
- Assiting with Harvest Events as your schedule allows
- Optional: Assume further leadership or projects based on your specific interests and availability
Interested in becoming a Community Orchard Steward at Green Thumb? Please fill out the online form and our staff will get in touch with your shortly with more details and next steps.
Questions? Email to our Community Orchards Coordinator, April Jamison, with "Green Thumb" in the subject line to april[at]portlandfruit.org
STAY IN TOUCH: Join the Mailing List
- Get invites to upcoming events, including 'Work & Learns' and Harvest Events
If you would like to join the mailing list specifically for Green Thumb Community Orchard, please email April Jamison at april[at]portlandfruit.org