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Post Portland Orchards bike ride 6-22 Sunday
Pedalpalooza is a bike celebration each June in Portland. This ride sounds like fun! Tour the orchards, eat the food!

Community Orchards Ride
Sunday, June 22, 12:30pm
Fruit for all! Ride to 2 community managed urban orchards that are growing fruit that is free for anyone to harvest. We’ll meet with community members at each site and hear about how community orchards are building community and addressing food justice. We’ll also ride part of the Sunday Parkways route along the way and end with a picnic at the Fruits of Diversity community orchard in North Portland. Bring snacks to share if you can. Casual pace, about 6 miles.

John S
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Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:59 pm
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Post Re: Portland Orchards bike ride 6-22 Sunday
For this ride,meet at the Sabin Community Orchard, NE Mason between 18th and 19th Take Trimet
12:30pm

If you have questions, you can talk to Emily, ejb3 at pdx daht eedee you, Portland Fruit Tree Project, 360-333-7502

Sorry, I left this out of the first post.
John S
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Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:17 am
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Post Re: Portland Orchards bike ride 6-22 Sunday
Hey John, that sounded great, how’d it go? Anything ripe yet, cherries..?

I miss my hometown, Portland… Looks like I’ll be leaving my homestead ‘out here,’ the repercussions of a failed 29 year marriage. It’s something I’ve been dealing with for the past 6 years and has pulled me away from many activities as I’ve struggled to maintain it while working away in a futile attempt to buy it back... Right now, my full-time effort is to get this ‘century farm’ listed for sale.

Usually I’ll haul my bike into Portland once a year, traversing the old hood … then ending up at the top of Tabor. Don’t know if I could handle the density of the city though after ..35 years in the woods. So I’m considering a move to the Coast. I’ve family over there and appreciate the isolation and slower pace. Don’t know what I’d be able to grow in the form of ‘tree fruit,’ or if I’ve the heart to even start over...

I’d likely continue to prune for various folks here in ‘the valley.’ Each have assured me I’d not go without fruit, if only needing to visit them at harvest time. I was in Klamath Falls around 6 years ago, during the three hottest days of that year – 108 in Medford! There were fruit trees and abundant water throughout Klamath Falls. And, inexpensive houses in eclectic neighborhoods…

Anyway… that’s ‘where I’m at’ ~ with little idea where I’m going :roll:

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Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:56 pm
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Post Re: Portland Orchards bike ride 6-22 Sunday
Hi Viron,
The orchard tour went great. We started at one orchard that's at a school in NE, but it's really for everyone, not just the school. It's run by the neighborhood association. Then we went to another one in N. Portland. It's just beginning, but it's starting to take shape. They have lots of fruit trees in each one. These are wonderful developments that we are going to need in the future because they're not making any more dinosaurs, and we're going to have to figure out how to make food in a more local way in the future, as gas prices zoom to the sky. Food brought in from elsewhere will become prohibitively expensive and less fresh.

I'm sorry to hear about the developments in your family. I remember talking with your daughter a few times at the scion exchange. I was impressed with her, even at a young age. It's also sad to hear about you moving off the homestead. I know you've done a ton of work to make that place grow. You have been the main contributor here on the electronic forum since it started, and I know we all appreciate your contributions. I hope you'll be able to keep chiming in.

Growing tree fruit on the coast is challenging. I've had better luck with berries. My dad has a place at Seaside and there are many native malus fusca Oregon swamp crabapples there. I have grafted winter banana to it and I hope to grow other apples or crabapples on it. It's a long term project that I haven't really concentrated on as much as I want to, but my wife and kids are my priority now.

I had some difficulties in my career a couple of years ago and it evolved into a real blessing. I'm happier at work than I've been in a long time. I hope the same thing happens to you in your home life.
John S
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Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:48 pm
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Post Re: Portland Orchards bike ride 6-22 Sunday
Thanks, John. I remember the difficult time for you, but you’re obviously a hard man to keep down! Only hope I’m as resilient :roll:

I’d researched ‘school orchards’ and ‘school gardens’ several years back and considered suggesting/ presenting such an idea to my local school board. …But I couldn’t envision them giving up an inch of turf for a ‘tree,’ too many of those around here as is! Though I’ve long envisioned their sprawling fields full of fruit trees and vegetables. I suppose that’ll happen first in Portland, if anywhere. Another reason I miss it…

The saddest orchard tours I’ve taken have been with longtime HOS members having decided to sell their homes and orchards, if by choice. My dream was to pass mine on, as it was to me. With a third of this ‘century farm’ now having been on ‘my watch,’ I suspect it will forever haunt me having lost it on the same… Having held on as long as possible, even allowing a massive ‘clear cut’ in hope of securing the funds, the logging operation was botched and came in nowhere near what had been ‘estimated.’ It's hurt :|

My daughters are doing well, and have remained top students on into college. But just as the pull of ‘the woods’ apparently had a major influence on me, having grown up in the city - the pull of ‘the city’ seems strongest on them … at least for the moment. And at the moment, I can’t do this alone.

You’re right, lot’s of work into the place. And as a friend said, “A big chunk of you will stay in those hills.” Yup. But as mentioned, this has been going on for years now, so I’m nearly, if not comfortably numb

Sounds like I may be limited to rhubarb at the Coast … or crab apples. My Dad’s over there and can’t even get raspberries to live. But every visit he proudly shows off the Fig start I’d given him 4 or 5 years ago …it’s nearly half as tall as me! He’s basically in sand, though. A sister-in-law helped establish an experimental community garden at the local library, including espaliered apples and strawberries.

I recently met the new owners of a coastal place and ID’d a nice plumb in their yard (with help from an ingrown tag) as a Burbank Red Ace. No fruit set, and they couldn’t remember if it had even bloomed, though I’m sure it had. I told them I’d discovered a pollinator and will keep them in mind if I come across some wood next Spring.. They were tickled!

Sure hope there’s something rewarding beyond this… And I’ll continue to do my best around here, likely getting into the big city for a couple of our events, as I’ve done. Of the many organizations and activities I’ve been involved with, this is the only one in which I’m currently active. Guess a big part of ‘this’ is in me, too ~

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