Some of us think of April as the first full month of spring, when the rains slow (okay, just by a bit) and the trees sprout new leaves. Some of us also think of April as Earth Month and find a way to make our corner of the planet healthier. Now, for the second year in a row, Portland Fruit Tree Project is growing a new tradition by promoting April as Community Orchards Month.
Portland Fruit Tree Project is partnering with The Home Orchard Society and Green Lents to host nine events throughout the month at seven different locations, each celebrating community orchards and publicly accessible fruit trees. The events will include orchard clean-ups and work parties, the establishment of an edible mushroom bed, a "work & learn" party about pollinators, and a third-anniversary celebration of the groundbreaking at the Fruits of Diversity Community Orchard.
One of the newest orchards, the Malden Court Community Orchard, is on city-owned land and blossoming thanks to a dynamic group of Lents neighbors. They’ll be hosting a work party on the morning of April 16.
More information is available at Portland Fruit Tree Project.