Tag: Portland

more Portland resources!

SE Uplift is an organization that is involved in all kinds of projects in SE Portland. Check out their October calendar.

They linked to this page, with upcoming workshops from the East Multnomah soil and water conservation district.

SW Neighborhoods Inc. includes neighborhood associations and business associations.

NE Neighborhood Coalition is the greater organization for all NE neighborhood associations.

NW District Association is comprised of citizens representing residential, commercial and institutional interests in the District.

Parke Diem is a great all over Portland parks project.

OSU Extension Services Master Gardener Program. Education in gardening and volunteering.

OSU Extension Services Master Beekeeper Program. Similar to above, but focused on bees!





Portland resources

Here are some resources to help you get a bit more familiar with Portland. If it seems like I’m in love with this city from the below list, it’s because I am!

Portland’s Farmers’ Markets gives you information on the eight markets we have.

Portland Parks and Recreation. Find out where to take your pups or to go for a swim.

Parks and Gardens. Some of the same info as above, but more of our public gardens.

Portland Community Gardens. Different than above, this refers to locals growing food and flowers.

Guide to Portland’s best restaurants. We have the most amazing food!

Events Calendar. Great source of information about local events from Travel Portland.

Another events calendar. From PDX Pipeline.

Gay Portland Events. From GayCities.

Portland Monthly Magazine. Informative local publication.

Portland meet-ups. This is a great way to get out and meet people.

Guide to the Portland dog scene. Portland is super pup-friendly!

Portland Craigslist. You probably already know about Craigslist, but I thought I’d link you anyhow. It’s that awesome.

Beer guide. We have over 50 breweries!

Willamette Valley Winery guide. Our own version of Napa nearby. (But more reasonably priced!)

Portland hikes. Such great hiking around our city!

Portland neighborhoods is a somewhat clunky site, but they do have pretty decent neighborhood guides.

Portland Historical Timeline from the Auditor’s office.

Census data. Most of the data is from a few years back, but still quite interesting. Our population came in at 609,000 people in 2013. (People ask me about this all the time.)

2010 census data broken down by neighborhood.

As far as getting a taste of the culture goes, if you haven’t watched Portlandia, I would highly recommend it. It’s a television show which is the brainchild of Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney.)  Together, they do a fantastic job of capturing the (exaggerated, yet amazingly authentic) vibe of the city. It features cameos by well-known actors, as well as ongoing characters that are actual Portland citizens. Check out the free segments available on youtube. It also streams from Netflix. (Disclaimer: might be somewhat of an acquired taste! If you don’t like it, you haven’t gotten it yet.)

I think that’s a good start. More to come!


beekeeping in Portland

There are quite a number of Portland resources if you are interested in beekeeping. This is an overview, in other posts I may dive in deeper to particular aspects.

Portland Urban Beekeepers is a group that meets monthly on the first Wednesday of every month (logo above.) They are a great source and wonderful place to start. They also have a Facebook group.

Here is a link to the City of Portland rules and regulations to obtain a permit for keeping bees in the city. This is important to consider. In our urban areas you must get all neighbors within 150 feet of your property line to sign a petition, plus take into account some other considerations for their setup.

Great article by Neighborhood Notes on beekeeping in Portland.

The people at Bridgetown Bees are working on a noble project to breed queens that can overwinter better in Portland.

Bee Thinking makes gorgeous cedar hives. They ship worldwide and happen to be headquartered in Portland.

Ruhl Bee Supply. I haven’t personally been to this store, but it seems cool from the site.

Queen of the Sun is an awesome documentary on the plight of bees in today’s world. One of the directors, Jon Betz, lives in Portland. There’s also a short segment in the film that takes place here. Watch the trailer below.

This last link is not Portland specific, but it is interesting information on apicentric beekeeping. Basically, the idea with this is a hive that is best for bees, not centered around honey production for humans.

I have a hive and lots of supplies, but no bees yet. I’m hoping to start beekeeping in the Spring of 2015. In the meantime, I am learning everything I can!