Month: June 2016

Buckman Community Association

I’m happy to share that last night I was elected as a Board member of the Buckman Community Association. The following is an approximation of the ad-hoc speech I gave.

“I’ve been coming to these meetings for about two years, off and on, when I can. I’d like to make a commitment to be more involved. I’m already quite involved in the community, I’m an OSU Master Gardener and Vice President of the Portland Urban Beekeepers, through that, I’m also Chair of the Tour de Hives committee this year (referring to flyers I had passed out earlier.) I’ve gone into elementary school classrooms to teach kids about pollinators, as well as teaching a class for adults called Gardening for Pollinators. My interest in beekeeping and teaching about this subject is a positive manifestation of my concern about the environment. Hearing the recent stories about lead in the drinking water of our schools and the Bullseye Glass Pollution makes me want to get involved at a deeper level. I want to channel my anger and concern in a positive direction. My partner and I, and my family, recently purchased a farm in Yachats, Oregon which we are making a permaculture farm and bee sanctuary. Splitting our time between the two places (well, we live in Buckman, but go to the farm when we can) has been interesting. There’s the small town thing there… in the four months we’ve had that land we’ve gotten to know more of out neighbors than we have here in years. We’ve been invited to their homes. I want to build community here — in Portland — in Buckman. I love being a connector, a hub for getting people to know each other and making things happen. I’m also a graphic designer (referring again to the flyer) and real estate broker, so I’m involved in the neighborhoods in that way as well. Thank you. I’d love to help!”

I’m really looking forward to being involved. I’ve got my eye on the Sustainability Committee. They have a very cool program matching up gardeners with open spaces in people’s yards and they seem to need assistance.

no more cedar shakes!

Out at Blossomwood Farmstead we are having a big renovation project done. First step — goodbye to the cedar shake roof. We would have been happy to keep it… but check out the photos of its condition. It was practically a living roof, and not the intentional kind!

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Another issue with the house was how dark the front porch and carport were. Shade is lovely in the summer for the rare days when it is really hot, but near the coast over 90% of the time sunlight is much more welcome. In addition, our inspection report had mentioned that the roof on the carport should be replaced because the angle was too shallow for cedar shake. We will have it replaced with polycarbonate. Here’s the before.


These support beams under the porch roof (painted white here) were originally forest green, so it was even darker than the photo below shows.


Here’s the progress… roof removed and tar paper up in preparation for a new metal roof. I can’t even tell you how lovely it is to have so much light on the porch!


And here is the car port with most of the roof removed. So nice to see the trees from under there!


Keep an eye out for more updates as the project progresses! Next phases: polycarbonate, skylights, new windows, and metal roof!





OSU Master Gardener badge

I’ve been part of the OSU Master Gardener program for well over a year. I really enjoy the wide variety of volunteer opportunities it connects me with.

Just today I received my official badge in the mail! This means that I’m no longer an intern, but have become a veteran. This represents 64 hours of class time, quite a bit of studying, and 57+ hours of community service.

I will volunteer 20+ hours a year and participate in 10 hours of classes a year to maintain my veteran status.

Don’t be shy to ask me about the program if you are interested! I recommend it!

client review

I received the sweetest review from a recent client named Branden Just. Thank you Branden!

“Leland is an absolute wonder to work with. She is very attentive, calm and collected, and professional. We felt like she was always looking out for our best interest. To say we trust her is an understatement.

I couldn’t be happier with the entire process. We wanted land first, so we looked at land, then we wanted old style, so we looked at old style. Then this gem hit the market, and bam! We were making a solid offer, with the help and guidance of Leland and her co-brokers at Portland Digs.

Thanks so much Leland! We can’t wait to have you over for the house warming!”