Similar to many brownfield stories, the Malden Court Community Orchard project in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood, is a story of leveraging resources and community collaboration for public benefit. This project is a great example of a community leading the way, with DEQ and other agencies helping to support the work at hand.
The non-profit organization Green Lents requested DEQ assistance to test soil at a site along the Springwater Corridor Trail to see if it was safe for creating an orchard. The unused property had become a blackberry thicket filled with garbage. To improve site access for testing, 17 hired goats ate the blackberry plants.