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Find Your Farmer

map imageThe City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s website makes it easy to find local farmers, ranchers, and fisherman. You’ll discover over 50 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms and more than twenty neighborhood farmers markets that serve up the best of Oregon’s bounty.

CSA farms sell shares—or memberships—to households who typically receive weekly boxes of seasonal vegetables delivered to their neighborhood. Many CSAs also provide a wide variety of additional food, including fruit, eggs, dairy, fish, meat and poultry. And some farms deliver all year or directly to your house.

To find your perfect farm match and a convenient pick-up spot, check out pdxcsamap.com for detailed information on farms that deliver to Portland and over 150 neighborhood drop-off points.

If you’d rather pick your own produce, Portland boasts a strong web of farmers markets that can be found all over town, every day of the week. And farmers markets are more than peas and cukes. You can talk to the folks who produce your food, visit with your neighbors, taste delicious prepared food, and learn culinary skills at cooking demonstrations. And don’t forget, almost all the markets accept SNAP benefits and many have matching-dollar programs. Find all the farmers market information you’ll need at pdxfarmersmarketmap.com.   

Find Your CSA Farmer at Fair Share

Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CSA PosterThe 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.   

Portland (and West Coast) Chickens Rule!

It's good to be a chicken in Portland

chickensIn 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.

Pick a Pack at Sunday Parkways Green Spot

Free seeds, great raffle prizes, and decent advice

seed packetsPick 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.  

The Local Buzz

A new film takes you into the world of bees plus local keepers hope to be the Kings of Queens

film posterIt’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.