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Summer Volunteer Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: An opportunity to get involved with the Portland Fruit Tree Project
East Portland Tree Scouting Days!
Join Portland Fruit Tree Project for our 5th annual East Portland Tree Scouting Days! We will be holding events on Saturday, July 16th and Saturday, July 30th. Volunteers will be scouting fruit trees in East Portland neighborhoods in hopes of registering lots of new trees in East Portland, to be harvested in 2016 and beyond.
Check out the link to our website for more information
Please RSVP by Thursday July 14th
Job opening at Portland Fruit Tree Project: Full-time Orchard Programs Coordinator
From the open publishing newswire: A job announcement for a local non-profit, Portland Fruit Tree Project
We've got another amazing opportunity to join the PFTP team that is dedicated to equitable access to fresh, wholesome produce and strengthening our communities. Would you like to join us\? We're seeking our next amazing Orchards Program Coordinator. The position is a full-time, benefited position. Application deadline is February 17th.
Full position description & application instructions can be found here: http://www.portlandfruit.org/opc Share this post & Apply today!
Video: 350 PDX - Paris Climate Talks - Report Back 1.20.16
From the open publishing newswire: A Report Back on January 20 2016. Filmed at "The Peace House" in Portland Oregon.
A panel of four tell of their experiences in Paris at the Climate Talks
Introductions by: Maya Jarrad: 350PDX's volunteer coordinator
Guest Speakers: Jill Stein,Virginia Wiseman,Maralena Murphy and Ptery Leight
"Paris Climate Talks - Report Back"
https://youtu.be/cEBAaAkpPfM [youtube video 2 hours 10 minutes]
Join or Lead a Tree Care Team with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: Join or Lead a Tree Care Team with Portland Fruit Tree Project in 2016! Learn tree care skills while improving the health & productivity of urban fruit trees.
Join a Tree Care Team and receive valuable training in organic methods of fruit tree care throughout the seasons, while caring for urban fruit trees that provide fruit for the community. This is a unique opportunity to develop strong skills in organic fruit tree care, meet new people, and care for trees providing food to your community! Topics/tasks will include: Winter & Summer Pruning, Young Tree Training & Care, Pest & Disease Management, Fruit Thinning, and more. At the end of the program you will receive a certificate of completion.
Click below for program overviews & position descriptions: Tree Care Team Member: link to portlandfruit.org to request an application form.
Bring on the “Density” – Portland’s Neighborhoods Weren't Sustainable in the First Place
From the open publishing newswire: Complaints about the new buildings in Portland are misplaced. Gentrification won't be stopped without new buildings & some of them will be large. Get over it.
Another factor that exacerbates gentrification is the Portland metro area's urban-growth boundary, which prevents suburban encroachment on farmland and so drives up the value of urban real estate. Ironically, this invention is an example of the progressive urban planning that contributed to Portland's groovy "green" reputation in the first place and helped make it a draw for new residents. Moving the boundary out and eating up green space to manufacture lower property values, however, would be a step in the wrong direction. Portland is not Reno and that should stay that way.
On the legal front, the city of Portland is not allowed to restrict rising rents due to a state-level prohibition on rent-control. Landlords can jack up rates as high as the market will bear, which, due to the above factors, is turning out to be very high. [...]
All this adds up to a bona fide housing crisis, which even the business-friendly mayor has been forced to admit (especially since an election is looming). [...]
Board, staff, and internship opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: An announcement by local non-profit, Portland Fruit Tree Project, about current opportunities (paid & volunteer).
Portland Fruit Tree Project has some exciting leadership opportunities to share! We're currently accepting applications for our Board of Directors, a part-time staff position as Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator, and three exciting internships!
[...] Join PFTP's Board of Directors! Board Members play an important and rewarding role in PFTP's efforts to make healthy food available to all, strengthen communities, and ensure equity in access to our programs. In addition, the board openings present a valuable opportunity to build skills and experience in non-profit governance, strategic planning, fundraising, and organizational leadership.
Candidates with ties to business communities, philanthropic communities, low income communities, communities of color, and/or communities in outer East Portland are especially encouraged to apply.
The application deadline is Sunday May 3rd.
The full position description can be found here
Community Orchards & Tree Care Internship with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: An announcement about an internship opportunity with a local non-profit, Portland Fruit Tree Project.
Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently accepting applications for our Community Orchards & Tree Care Internship! The 2015 Community Orchards & Tree Care Intern will aid in the implementation of Portland Fruit Tree Project's Community Orchards & Fruit Tree Stewardship programs. Time commitment: 12-20 hours per week, for 26 weeks (schedule is somewhat flexible, 315 total hours minimum) January 12th - July 12th, 2015. Location: You would be working primarily out of PFTP headquarters in NE Portland, but will be traveling throughout the City of Portland for site visits and tree care events. This internship is unpaid, but the rewards are many - including a great learning experience and the unique opportunity to be a part of a vibrant and growing organization. You will gain great event coordination and volunteer coordination experience; connections in the local food & urban agriculture movement, and the fulfillment of knowing that your efforts will make a positive impact for hundreds of people in the Portland area!
The application deadline is Monday January 5th
Become a Tree Scout or Harvest Leader with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: An announcement about volunteer opportunities with a local non-profit organization, Portland Fruit Tree Project.
Volunteer Opportunities: Become a Harvest Leader or Tree Scout with Portland Fruit Tree Project! Harvest season is right around the corner. Join Portland Fruit Tree Project in preventing waste, building community, and making fresh fruit available to neighbors in need... Become a Harvest Leader Harvesting parties bring people together to harvest fruit that might otherwise go to waste, and make it available to people in need. Each harvesting party is co-led by 2 volunteer Harvest Leaders. Harvest Leaders are responsible for overseeing and leading harvest participants, distributing harvested fruit, and keeping accurate harvest records. Portland Fruit Tree Project will provide all of the necessary training, materials, and support. Each Leader is expected to co-lead at least 6 harvesting parties in the 2014 harvest season (July - November). http://portlandfruit.org/2014-harvest-leader-position-description Become a Tree Scout! As a Tree Scout volunteer, you will help to find and register fruit trees in your neighborhood whose fruit might otherwise go to waste. Tree scouts serve as a vital liaison between PFTP and tree owners, helping us to connect with people that want to share their bounty with the community. [...]
Earth Day Workshops
From the open publishing newswire: Join us for a weekend of celebration, dialogue, and action!
This year's Earth Week focuses on sustainability in its many forms. HIghlights of the week include:
Friday, April 25: PSU's Social Sustainability Colloquium
Saturday, April 26: A day of workshops focused on cultural approaches to sustainability, indigenous ways of knowing, and paradigm shifts within education. Workshop attendees can receive 5 Professional Development Units (PDUs) for the full day.
Saturday, April 26: Closing presentation by Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff
Saturday, April 26 - Day
Earth and Spirit Council + Cornel Pewewardy's Indigenous Nations Studies Department Present Workshops
Location: Native American Center, 710 SW Jackson Street | Time: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Tickets available at the PSU Box Office and online, listed under Earth and Spirit Council
$55 General Admission PSU Students FREE (show ID at door) Scholarships Available: No one will be turned away for lack of funds
Workshop Series 1 Stop Talking Workshop Series 2 Indigenous Ways of Knowing Workshop Series 3 Curricula Development
Job opportunity: Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator with PFTP
From the open publishing newswire: A job posting for the non-profit organization Portland Fruit Tree Project
Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently accepting applications for a part-time Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator! See below for the full position description Position: Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator Employment Status: Part-time. 20 hours per week. Compensation: $14 per hour Work Location: Portland, OR Reports to: Program Coordinator Start date: May 1st, 2014 Background: Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is an award-winning non-profit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need: Access to healthful food. By empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees, PFTP is strengthening communities, preventing waste, and creating sustainable, cost-free ways for low income families to obtain locally-grown fruit. We register fruit and nut trees throughout the city, bring people together to harvest and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh fruit each year, cultivate community orchards on public lands, and teach tree care and food preservation in hands-on workshops. We currently have 2 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee, 1 full-time AmeriCorps member, and 1000+ active volunteers.
For more information about our organization, go to www.portlandfruit.org
Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior in Vancouver WA
From the open publishing newswire: Saturday 10-5
You can board Rainbow Warrior this weekend at The Landing, in Vancouver WA, on the Columbia, just downriver from I-5 bridge. Do it!
Benton County Community Rights Coalition: Asserting Local Control of Food System
From the open publishing newswire: Benton County Community Rights Coalition (BCCRC) is a non-profit in Oregon formed to educate citizens about their legal rights to local community governance. The group is currently aiming to gather the needed signatures to qualify its Sustainable Food System Ordinance for the May 2014 ballot.
It's been over a year now since a small group of organic and conventional farmers, along with food advocates, came together to confront the issue of GMOs in their county. During that time, the BCCRC has built a coalition of supporters, hosted numerous public presentations as well as a community rights workshop taught by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Democracy School, and co-sponsored the Willamette Valley Farm and Food Rights Summit. [...]
The Sustainable Food System Ordinance of Benton County establishes citizens' rights to: a sustainable food system; seed heritage; and clean air, water, and soil for sustainable agriculture in Benton County. The ordinance also prohibits unsustainable practices - like the planting of GMO's - that would violate those rights.
The BCCRC believes that as free citizens, we must elevate our community's rights above the corporate "rights" and state preemptions that currently usurp our ability to decide the face of agriculture in our own community. The Coalition not only asserts its community's rights to a sustainable food system, but also asserts the inalienable rights of nature to exist, persist and flourish.
Occupy Mt. Tabor - The Battle For Bull Run Continues
From the open publishing newswire:
FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013 FROM 5-11PM
A Public Occupation of Mt. Tabor (Camp Cascadia)
Camp Cascadia assembles every Friday at 5:00pm and disbands at 10:59pm until our one simple demand is met: Mayor Charlie Hales, formally ask Senator Merkly and Representative Blumenauer to petition the EPA, on behalf of our city, for the LT2 Waiver.
As the people from Portland, who live here and who love this place and our beautiful city, we ask all who attend this public demonstration to respect Mt. Tabor and the surrounding land. This is our commons.