Portland Fruit Tree Project announces expanded Fruit Tree Stewardship programs, and exciting new ways for you to get involved!
Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is a non-profit organization that increases equitable access to healthy food and strengthens communities by empowering neighbors to share in the bounty and care of city-grown food resources. We register fruit and nut trees throughout the city, bring people together to harvest and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh fruit each year, and teach tree care and food preservation in hands-on workshops. www.portlandfruit.org
In 2011, PFTP will continue to expand its year-round Fruit Tree Stewardship programs. The goals of this program are to increase the health and abundance of registered fruit trees through volunteer-powered tree care services, and to engage tree owners and interested community members in hands-on opportunities to build skills and knowledge in fruit tree care.
To accomplish these goals, we will offer an expanded series of Tree Care Workshops, and our unique Tree Care Teams program, now in its second year! More details below...
Tree Care Workshops:
In 2011, our expanded Tree Care Workshop Series will include:
* Winter Pruning (January - March)
* Pollinators (late February)
* Grafting (March)
* Young Fruit Trees: Planting, Selection, & Care (March)
* Spring Tree Care: Pest & Disease Management/ Fruit Thinning (late May & early June )
* Summer Pruning (July, early August)
* Fall Tree Care: Pest & Disease ID/Assessment
We are seeking volunteers to help teach workshops!
Are you interested in sharing your knowledge on one (or more) of these topics?
Please contact Bob (503)284-6106, bob [at] portlandfruit.org
Tree Care Teams:
Join PFTP in increasing the health and abundance of urban fruit trees -- Become a Tree Care Team Member, or a Tree Care Team Leader!
PFTP is forming small teams of volunteers to care for fruit trees registered and harvested by PFTP. Each Tree Care Team will include one 'Team Leader' (or two co-Leaders) with experience and skills in organic fruit tree care, who will teach and guide the group. Each team will be responsible for a group of fruit trees in their area, visiting each tree once per season
to complete the full spectrum of care throughout the year. This will be a unique opportunity develop strong skills in fruit tree care, meet new people, and improve the health and productivity of trees providing food to your community! Members and Leaders will participate in ten 3-hour work-parties over an 11-month period (January - November, 2010).
Topics/tasks will include: Tree Care Basics (botany, tools, etc.,) Winter Pruning, Young Fruit Trees, Spring Pest & Disease
Management/Fruit Thinning, Summer Pruning, Fall Clean-Up/Pest & Disease Assessment.
To apply: Please contact Bob to request an application (specify Tree Care Team MEMBER or Tree Care Team LEADER): 503-284-6106, bob [at] portlandfruit.org
Application Deadline: January 7th
Please help us make this Tree Stewardship Program a success! Put your
skills/knowledge to great use and join PFTP in caring for our community's food resources. If you are interested in becoming a Workshop Instructor, Tree Care Team Leader, or Tree Care Team Member, please contact us today!