Become a Fruits of Diversity Orchard Steward in 2014!


Below is a newsletter I received by Portland Fruit Tree Project


Curious About the New Volunteer Position at Fruits of Diversity Orchard?

Recruitment for Orchard Stewards at our North Portland community orchard has begun!

Fruits of Diversity Orchard Stewards will join an existing network of neighbors who have been planning, planting, and creating a vision of the orchard (located at 4375 N Trenton St) since early 2013. Now we need your energy and enthusiasm to care and plan for its future.

As an Orchard Steward, you will learn about basic fruit tree care, ensure the maintenance of the orchard, and build community with neighbors. It’s a fun way to get involved and help make locally grown produce available to all.

This will be the first year of the position; we hope to recruit 8-10 enthusiastic community members to join the team!

No experience is necessary, though gardening/orchard experience is a plus!

Folks living in or near Tamaracks Apartment and New Columbia are especially encouraged to apply.

Fruits of Diversity Orchard Stewards commit to:

Participation in monthly Work Parties (1st Saturdays in March – November, 1-4pm)

(topics include pruning, fruit thinning, low-tech irrigation, pest/disease management, and others)

A summer watering shift

Attending an Orientation/Pot-luck/Orchard Tour on February 22nd from 12:00PM to 2:30 PM

Opportunity for more activities/responsibilities based on your interest.

To Apply:

Request an application by calling 503-284-6106, or send an email to, with ‘FOD Orchard Steward Interest’ in the subject line. We’ll send you an application right away.

Applications are due Monday, February 10th

Thank you so much, and have a great week!



Portland Fruit Tree Project
5431 NE 20th Ave.
Portland, OR 97211
United States

Tribute to the Arizona Firefighters





Below is a list of links to stories about the AZ fire fighters who lost their lives.

“With no way out, the Prescott-based crew did what they were trained to do: They unfurled their foil-lined, heat-resistant tarps and rushed to cover themselves. But that last, desperate line of defense couldn’t save them.”

“The deaths of the Granite Mountain Hotshots marked the nation’s biggest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years. Only one member of the 20-person crew survived, and that was because he was moving the unit’s truck at the time.”  Huffington Post


It’s a Disaster blog did an outside job on article, photos and video on the fallen heros.


Breitbart website has a video  on it of a very personal nature.  The video has personal facts about fire fighters.


Fire did a great write up of biographies on the firefighters.  It is hard to believe how young most of them were.

If you haven’t already, please take a minute a send a prayer to the families. 



Clackamas Fire Looking for Volunteers



Clackamas Fire District #1

Your Friend For Life

Clackamas Fire District #1 and local emergency responders will be participating in a region-wide disaster drill. We are currently seeking volunteers to act as victims. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

This is an exciting opportunity to see the action up close! Your participation will add greatly to the realism of the event and will provide a valuable training opportunity to local emergency responders. Continue reading

Volunteers Wanted: Hospital Exercise


Providence Hospital Exercises – volunteer victims and moulage artists needed!

Another great opportunity for practice from our partners at Providence.  Plan to arrive 2 hours PRIOR to the start of each exercise – Even with 4 of us last time – it took us the entire 2 hours to get all the victims – looking hurt :)  per Sandi Olsabeck

Like to scream, moan, complain and be difficult?

Do we have a job for you!

                                             Voluntary Victims are needed!!

You can help save lives.  Your presence at training drills increases the level of realism for emergency responders.  This in turn creates an exercise that offers many of the same stressors and life like elements of a true emergency without the life threatening repercussions.

Who can be a Volunteer Victim?

Anyone of any age who has read the guidelines and signs an agreement (or obtains a signature from their parent or guardian if under 18).

 Make sure you wear clothes that can get stained, damaged and wet.  In addition, wear appropriate clothes under these such as a swimsuit to ensure you are most comfortable.  You may be seen in only the under layer of clothing!

Lunch will be provided for all volunteers! Continue reading