Jason RasckePrograms Coordinator
Jason Mark Raschke was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he spent his childhood hunting and fishing and adventuring in the woods of the Pocono and Appalachian Mountains, learning the tenets of a sustainable lifestyle. In 1994, after residing in Houston and Boston, Jason moved to Portland to attend Portland State University where he earned a BS in Geography with a minor in Geology. In 2007 he completed a Masters of Science in Teaching Environmental Sciences program that focused on northwest ecosystems, with an emphasis on sustainability. Jason has been working in the landscape construction field for the past 20 years. He is a licensed Landscape Construction Professional and is the Managing Director of Urban Ecosystems llc, a landscape design, construction, and landcare firm in Portland, Oregon that utilizes ecological principles to create sustainable landscapes. Urban Ecosystems specializes in edibles, natives, naturescapes, and permaculture design and has been certified as an Eco-Biz by the Northwest Pollution Prevention Agency. Jason lives in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland with his two sons Jaden River and Jacoby Mountain in The Green GardenHome-- an Audubon platinum certified backyard habitat that is a demonstration site for sustainability. In his free time, he enjoys playing ultimate, gardening, and spending time camping and backpacking the beautiful northwest with friends and family.