Portland Ethnobotany Project

$75 $23,925
Raised Remaining


Researching, conserving, and enhancing culturally important plant resources in Portland, Oregon for Native American Indian traditions, feeding homeless, urban nature for youth and more.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Cities are often places built over traditional Indian gathering grounds, pioneer farms and orchards, and/or places where green spaces are for walking through but not interacting with. This project shows how even an urban environment can be an important source of foods, medicines, craft materials, and more for the local population. With good research, smart planning, and demonstration activities the project will show how ethnobotany is a tool for vesting people in the well-being of their city.

How will this project solve this problem?

Initial focus is on identifying urban foraging resources and users to understand existing use patterns. This includes ancient oaks that predate pioneers all the way to contemporary fruit gleaners.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project hopes to model to other cities the value of ethnobotanical resources to make urban centers more self-sufficient, resilient, and places where residents are intimately connected to plant resources.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $75

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $75 .  The original project funding goal was $24,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Eric Jones

Portland, OR United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Portland Ethnobotany Project