Pruning Workshop

Pruning Shears, Bartlett #999 (1945 catalog image)
The workshop will be held at the Kenton Firehouse on Saturday, February 16 from 10:00-11:30am.
This free pruning workshop by local expert Lydia Cox of Radish Gardens will cover the following topics:
  • Types of pruning cuts (heading vs. thinning)
  • How to make a proper/clean cut
  • Plant behavior after pruning (“reading” bud direction, how plants “heal,” etc.)
  • Determining what type of pruning is appropriate for different types of plants
  • When to prune to achieve the results you want (winter vs. summer pruning)
  • How to keep your tools clean and sharp
  • Q&A
Head downstairs and check out pruning equipment after the free workshop! Lydia Cox is a landscape designer, garden coach, and owner of Radish Gardens. Ready to grow your own food, support pollinators, and add beauty to your yard? Radish Gardens can help you meet your garden goals through edible garden planning, installation, and coaching; ecologically-based landscape design; land restoration planning; and knowledgeable pruning and landscape maintenance services. My goal is to help you enjoy a beautiful and productive landscape that reflects your personal style and meets your needs. Ready to get started? Visit Interested in hosting a workshop with the tool library? Contact to discuss.  


Community Energy Project and North Portland Tool Library are excited to present  a couple free workshops to help you lower your energy bills during the winter months. Both workshops are free to the public and will take place on the main floor of the Kenton Firehouse located at 2209 N Schofield
DIY Weatherization Workshop Do-It-Yourself Weatherization Workshop on Thursday,
October 12th, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm
This interactive, hands-on weatherization workshop will give you the tools to make your home warmer and more energy-efficient, while lowering your electricity bill! Income-qualifying workshop participants can pick up a free weatherization kit immediately after the workshop; non-income-qualified participants can purchase the kit from Community Energy Project for a reduced price. We look forward to seeing you there! Registar here Or call 503-284-6827 ext 108

DIY Insulation Workshop Do-It-Yourself Insulation Workshop on Tuesday

November 7th from 6:00-8:00pm

Learn how to insulate a flat attic, step-by-step. This workshop will go over air sealing, safety precautions, ventilation, insulation, and incentives, as well as common terms used by contractors. Registar Here Or call 503-284-6827 ext 108  
Facebook: Please consider becoming a “fan” of the North Portland Tool Library on Facebook. We have found it easiest to communicate our upcoming workshops there. We’ll also post them here and on the calendar, but we’ve found Facebook to be the most effective for getting the word out. It’s also an easy way for you to stay connected with the most up-to-date information from us.   
Pictures from our very first “Basic Skills” workshop
Workshop instructor Laura Dalton discusses safety and how to use a miter saw. North Portland resident Pamela Jeanne lets the chips fly under Laura’s watchful eye.
North Portland resident Lorenzo Carmona practices sinking sheet rock screws to the perfect depth with the cordless drill. Sisters and NP residents Zannah (left) and Jennifer Martell (center) experience the thrills of reciprocating saw demolition with the assistance of Oregon Tradeswomen instructor Dawn Jones (right).
Are you skilled in the building trades and interested in sharing your knowledge with others? Or maybe you have a great idea for a workshop. If so, we would love to hear from you. Our primary goal is to give residents of North Portland the information they need, so community input is crucial.Contact us with your input.

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