Thanks to Portland Awesome Grant, I have the funds to convert 1,000 square feet of space into pollinator habitat for those unable to pay for a project themselves. I've also applied for a Metro "Nature in the Neighborhoods" grant, which would allow another 3,000 square feet of space to be converted. Some of that will go to a church, another section to a school, but the rest will be residential parking strips.
I've been pretty poor about updating this blog, with so much of my time going to running the Facebook page. But I'd like to be better about it! Expect more updates soon!
We had an awesome time on Saturday and Sunday in November, converting 6 parking strips into 1,500 square feet of pollinator habitat! Additional people took their strips on themselves, adding another 1,500 sq ft of habitat for pollinators.
20-25 volunteers came out in torrential downpours to dig up sod, replace it with compost/soil, and put in $500 worth of organic, native plants, courtesy of a City of Portland grant.
We had a great time and are excited to see what the strips will look like this spring!
The most exciting thing is the release of our DIY Manual, which can be viewed HERE! Hopefully this will help people to design their own parking strips.
Meanwhile, we have chosen our volunteer days! November 7th and 8th from 9am-12n. We could really use help digging, putting in new soil, and planting. We have a lot of participants with large strips or with physical limitations to physical labor.
Click HERE if you'd like to help!
In attendance: Sherrie, Andy, Harrison, Suzanne, and Tim
Why do people want to do this project?
Fundraising to cover:
Next meeting - logistics regarding
After recruiting on nextdoor.com and the Gardeners for Montavilla Facebook page, we had a small meeting at a neighbor's house. What started as a wildlife corridor idea turned into something much more inclusive.
Wildlife Corridor Meeting May 28, 2015
Sherrie, Andy, Eric (EMSWCD), Eric, Peg, Harrison, Nicole, Dee, Christina
Introductions – what are we doing already, why do we garden, why are we here