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

Ways to Motivate Yourself Forward



Have you ever had one of those days where your energy level is low? Where leaving the house seems like a huge feat. I am not talking about people suffering from depression or feeling sick. Just the kind of day where you want to be a “lump on a log.”

I had that kind of day yesterday. I just went with it and enjoyed the ride  But sometimes you have work, meeting or project to finish. Here are some ways to try and get you moving again.

Rest: The first step is a good night’s rest. For some of us, it is nearly impossible because of work schedules. It’s hard to get motivated on 4 hours of sleep. Stepping away from the gadgets an hour or ½ hour to bed will help.

Water: We are mostly made of water, and we suffer if we don’t drink enough. So, make sure that this is taken care of. I use mint drops or oils to enhance the taste of the water. I bought a filter system (berkey) and the water tastes much better. Use whatever method you need to make sure drinking water is enjoyable and not a difficult.

Exercise: This is a straight forward one for most of us. I tried exercise a couple of days ago to wake up. I did about 25 jumping jacks, and that did the trick. It feels good to get the blood flowing.

Music: Turn of the tunes and go with the flow. I have turned on Pandora music and selected “Red Hot Chile Peppers.” Let the music motivate you.

Smells: I have never tried smells to energize myself. But I could see where it could get you moving once more. The linked article talks about five smells to wake you up. Oranges, peppermint, lemons, eucalyptus, and grapefruit. Click here for a full description

Below are other articles or websites that may help you. I highly recommend Pyschtronics; they have a lot of great information on psychology.

5 Amazing Theories of Motivation—Psychtronics

How To Motivate Yourself – Self Motivation – Pick Your Brain

25 Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself – Positivity Blog