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Resources for composting your food and garden waste

compost barrel

Composting at home

Metro provides extensive online educational tools for composting at home, as well as a downloadable "Make your own compost" booklet and a composting demonstration site showing a variety of different composting set-up options.

The OSU Extension Service website offers an informative page on how to compost at home.

Many of the organizations that offer gardening instruction also offer educational resources for composting. See the "I want to…grow my own food" section for resource links.

Commercial composting

With the Portland Composts! program, businesses in the City of Portland can now contract with waste haulers to collect food waste and food-soiled paper for composting.

Better Together Garden at City Hall

Better Together Garden at City Hall

The Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council asked Portland City Council to create a garden at City Hall to inspire Portland residents to plant their own gardens and an extra row for the hungry. The Commissioners passed the Better Together Garden resolution on Earth Day, April 22, 2009.

First Harvest, May 29, 2009

first harvest, Mayor Sam Adams and a volunteer harvesting spinach forest harvest - spinach

Elm Court Loaves and Fishes, five blocks from garden, will receive the harvested produce and fruit. The senior meal site serves 150 on-site and delivers an additional 250 meals every day.

The Better Together Garden includes 700 square feet of vegetables and is surrounded by columnar apples, a fig tree, blueberries, lingonberries, currants, and strawberries. The garden was installed over four days by community volunteers and all labor and materials were donated. The project was made possible by the generosity of the following businesses:

Design: Mary Bedard, Mary Bedard Landscape Architecture

Installation/Stonework: Dave Barmon and Mark Parisien, Fiddlehead Landscape Design & Installation

Stonework: John DiBona, John DiBona Stonework

Drop boxes, composting, gravel and rock: Wood Waste Management

Organic vegetable starts: Brentwood Park Nursery

Fruit trees, plants, and shrubs: Jim Gilbert, One Green World

Flagstone and boulders: Smith Rock and Heritage Rock

Vegetable starts, tools, peat moss: Peggy Acott & Alani Kelly, Portland Nursery

Soil Amendments: Naomi Montacre, Concentrates, Inc.

Rototilling: Dan Bravin, POP Farming

Soil and compost: City of Portland Bureau of Transportation

Wood chips, guidance and goodwill: Portland Parks and Recreation

Ongoing maintenance will be provided by OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners with help from community volunteers.

Ultimate Density

And we thought Portland was innovative...

And we thought Portland was innovative. If you want to visit the Maeklong

Market in Thailand, this guy has been there. 

Portland's Food Rules

Cooking Light says PDX "walks the walk concerning chow."

From Mayor Adams' chickens to Claudia Lucero’s cheesemaking kits, PDX "walks the walk concerning chow," according to Cooking Light Magazine

The May issue serves up 10 reasons why “Portland's Food Rules” and gives props to city projects like Urban Growth Bounty classes and the City Hall Garden, and features food favorites Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply, the Portland Fruit Tree Project, SoupCycle and many others. Local scribes Ivy Manning, Liz Crain and Patrick Alan Coleman dish the delectable details. 

InFARMation (and Beer!)

Friends of Family Farmers sponsors CSA discussion

Interested in Community Supported Agriculture farms? Interested in beer? Lucky you as it's time for the monthly InFARMation (and Beer!) on Tuesday, May 10 at Holocene (1001 S.E. Morrison). Sponsored by the forthcoming folks at Friends of Family Farmers, the networking begins at 5:30 p.m. and is followed an hour later by a panel discussion with Dancing Roots Farm, Terra Farma, Good Natured Gardens and Braeside Farm CSA. Free and open to the over-21 public.