Fargo Forest Garden
- Commenced: 01/04/2008
- Submitted: 30/11/2012
- Last updated: 04/02/2013
- Location: N Williams Avenue and NE Fargo Street, Portland, Oregon, United States
- Website: www.osalt.org/fargo_forest_garden.html
- Climate zone: Cool Temperate
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Fargo Forest Garden
Project TypeUrban, Philanthropic aid, Demonstration, Educational
Fargo Forest Garden is an urban designed food forest that teaches tree care and permaculture fundamentals and showcases water-catchment, catch basin/ponding, bird habitat and more.
Fargo Forest Garden is an experiment
in urban food forestry. Our city is host to a burgeoning population of
urban food growing projects. This food forest is one additional
inner-city resource whose goal is to provide food to the local
Fargo boasts only 2,600 sq ft. and is located in inner North Portland. With 14 fruit trees and 2 nut trees beginning their 5th season (Autumn 2012), this urban forest is in its earliest stages of forest succession. Many understory plants have taken hold, berries, herbs and bulbs with some little known edibles.
These first years have focused on infrastructure development, education and some donated plantings. If you'd like to donate please see list of desires below! This past year saw the curing of our first compost in our new compost bins. Richard Cawley built kiwi and grape arbors and a water overflow sculpture from the harvesting tanks and installed a pond in the catch basin. These were paid for by the PDC grant acquired last year.
Fargo partners with the Urban Farm Collective. The site manager and intern worked closely together educating themselves on permaculture theory and principles, tree care, pest/disease control and composting technique. Also, in partnership the Portland Fruit Tree Project works with the site manager to teach workshop participants how to prune and identify and control pest and disease.
As in any permaculture site,
there is a lot going on! After 4 seasons of culling fruit, we had our first small harvests this fall! If you are interested in more information or
wish to volunteer in the garden, send an e-mail to Angela Goldsmith, the Site Manager for Fargo Forest Garden and she will get you plugged into the urban farming movement.
We are open to the public during daylight hours. Come by and see what's happening! Our newest addition, an Olive tree donated in memorium to Susie Stephens is thriving.