Early Tuesday morning June 7th four energetic Canadians joined intern, Danielle Jones for a tour of the Lloyd EcoDistrict. They had just arrived in Portland the day before from a small intentional community in British Columbia to attend the 2016 Village Building Convergence, a 10-day festival put on by City Repair that focuses on placemaking projects here in Portland. Two of the attendees formally ran an outdoor-education program and one is making his way into the pollinator and honey-making field and connecting his work to positive human health outcomes. The other two just finished a PhD program in Germany studying Biology with a focus on plants.
This intimate group traversed the nine designated stops for the EcoDistrict tour while making an opportune pit-stop at the Lloyd Farmers Market to admire all of the local goods being sold including sampling delicious honey from Nature’s Wild Harvest. At the Lloyd EcoDistrict, we are thinking about how to better nest community engagement in our mission to implement innovative sustainability projects at the district scale. Specific to tours, we are considering the role tours might play in helping us engage with the Lloyd community as well as others in Portland and around the country that visit our neighborhood to learn about all the innovative sustainability-focused efforts going on.
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