Tree and Ladder

Home Orchard Care

We specialize in helping homeowners grow fruit trees and berries by providing expert help with pruning, grafting, pest and disease management, planting and design.

Whether you want to learn how to care for your backyard orchard yourself, use our year-round organic management services, or just have access to expert advice, we help you install, maintain and repair fruit-bearing trees and shrubs for maximum health, yield, and environmental conscientiousness.

Tree and Ladder is a landscape maintenance company specializing in holistic and organic fruit care. Our mission is to help increase self-sufficiency and food security through increasing the productivity and quality of homegrown fruits for residents and home owners through holistic management practices.

Holistic fruit management starts with choosing the right plants and the right location, building fertile soil, tending to the needs of the plant throughout the seasons. 

 

Jessie Spain, Orchardist, Owner and Operator 

Jessie grafting 15 varieties of Apple onto an existing tree framework in N Portland. Next to the apple is a small cedar tree (background).

Jessie grafting 15 varieties of Apple onto an existing tree framework in N Portland. Next to the apple is a small cedar tree (background).

Since 2002, Jessie has been farming and teaching small-scale sustainable agriculture. She is a graduate of the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, and has an A.S degree in Horticulture. She leads orcharding classes at Portland Nursery and teaches gardening workshops at the Esalen Institute, where she worked as the Farm Supervisor. Jessie is passionate about sharing her knowledge and skills for fruit growing with backyard orchardists and urban homesteaders through Tree and Ladder.