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Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Portland-Area CSA Coalition is hosting their first-ever Share Fair on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 831 SE Salmon. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, where the community (households that are “shareholders” or “subscribers”) provides the financial support for the season’s farming by purchasing a share of the harvest or becoming a member of the farm. Once harvesting begins, shareholders typically receive weekly shares of seasonal vegetables, fruit, eggs, dairy, meat and poultry.
You can meet 33 farmers, fishers, and ranchers at Share Fair and sample their wares, watch cooking demonstrations, and participate in a cookbook swap. Kids can make and fill a seed packet and commune with chickens.
You can get detailed information for Fair Share and if you’re looking for a map that shows all the CSA drop-off points in Portland, we’ve got that for you too with information on each farm.
It's good to be a chicken in Portland
In Portland, it’s easy to feel like chickens are taking over. As it turns out, they (sort of) are!
Real estate website Redfin recently declared the five best cities to be a chicken, and it’s no surprise that they rated Portland King Of The Coop. What makes us special? Our DIY ethos, our accommodating zoning code, and our enduring love for all things local — especially eggs.
Filling out the top-five list are three Californian cities (Venture, San Diego, and Sacramento) and, of course, our frenemies up in Seattle.
So why did the chicken cross the road? To hitch a ride to the West Coast.
Free seeds, great raffle prizes, and decent advice
Pick a pack of free seeds from Seeds of Change at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Food Program's Green Spot at Sunday Parkways on August 25. We'll be hanging out at SE 20th and Taylor with the Portland Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition and community gardeners talking about all things food. We'll answer all questions...even if we don't know the answer.
You can also sign up to win some great raffle prizes, including three different boxes of produce from a local Community Supported Agriculture farm. The food Green Spot is on the south side of Colonel Summers Park and we'll be there from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
So, wheel or walk on by the BPS food Green Spot and don't forget your seeds. Seeds of Change is committed to sustainable agriculture practices so their seeds are always 100 percent organic and bred for great taste, high nutrition, and vigorous growth. From amaranth to zucchini, Seeds of Change and Green Spot will get you growing. See you Sunday.
A new film takes you into the world of bees plus local keepers hope to be the Kings of Queens
It’s no secret that bees and other pollinators are in trouble. At the panel discussion following the Portland film premiere of “More Than Honey,” an audience member voiced her frustration at the myriad hypothesis for colony collapse and other maladies. She wanted a definitive answer to the question of what’s killing the insects that are responsible for a third of our food.
Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Unlike another bee movie, The Vanishing of the Bees, that's a stinging indictment of pesticide use, More Than Honey suggests it’s most likely a combination of industrial agriculture, pesticides, cross breeding, parasites, and disease. It’s a gorgeous film with astounding close-up footage of bee life (How does a camera follow bees mating in flight?). That alone is reason enough to buzz on down to the Hollywood Theatre where More Than Honey screens on Tuesday and Thursday.
And, close to home and hive, check out The Oregonian’s front-page feature on local beekeepers Glen Andresen and Tim Wessels as they seek to breed Northeast Portland queen bees that can survive the winter.
The negative impacts of industrial agriculture are everywhere. The increasing threat of genetically engineered food and the destruction of
local communities can make us feel powerless to effect change. Gaining Ground is an intimate view of rural and urban farmers who are embracing this challenge.
On Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 7 p.m., the Media Project presents a screening of a rough cut of the upcoming documentary film Gaining Ground. A benefit to raise finishing funds for the film, the event takes place at the Fifth Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St in downtown Portland.
Gaining Ground tells the stories of farmers who are transforming their farming practices so they can feed their local communities sustainably grown produce and grains. From farms in Oregon’s fertile Willamette Valley to the food desert of inner city Richmond, California, Gaining Ground reveals the ingenuity and courage of these diverse urban and rural farmers who are committed to serving and empowering their communities.
About the Filmmakers
Elaine Velazquez and Barbara Bernstein have been creating film and radio documentaries for over thirty-five years. Their award winning work has been broadcast on public television and radio, screened at international film festivals and distributed through broad grassroots networks. Barbara also hosts the environmental show Locus Focus on KBOO-FM.
Gaining Ground is partially funded by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
More about Gaining Ground: http://mediaprojectonline.org/gainingground.html
Following the screening there will be a discussion with farmers featured in the film: Vicki Hertel, Sun Gold Farm in Verboort, OR; and Willow Coberly and Harry Stalford, Stalford Seed Farms in Tangent, OR.
This screening is co-sponsored by KBOO-FM, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Food and Water Watch and the City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability.
Barbara Bernstein & Elaine Velazquez