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Nobel Videos and Rappin' Dairy

New videos from The Nobel Conference, Making Food Good. And the Brits rap dairy.

Hot Lips honcho, Dave Yudkin, sent us the link to Marian Nestle’s talk on obesity at The Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College. There are a number of other videos worth watching from their 46th annual conference, Making Food Good, including talks and panel discussions with Francis Moore Lappé, Bina Agarwal and Paul Thompson.

And yo, while we’re talking video, check out the Brits from Yeo Valley Organics rhyming “conservation” with “soil association.” City folk might have ripped-off their milk duds, but lowriders didn’t pinch pancaking from a tricked-out Massey Ferguson. The English make great dairy products. Rapping? Not so much. 

Young Farmers are Mixin' It Up

The Greenhorns are coming to town for a Western Oregon Young Farmer Mixer

What do you get when you gather a hundred farmers in a room? The hoe-down of a century!

Sunday, October 10th, from 3:30- 8:00 p.m., The Greenhorns, will be rearing into town with their Irresistible Fleet ready to pump up the jams, seed some sass(parilla) and chow down to get down for the Western Oregon Young Farmer Mixer. The mixer, co-hosted by Friends of Family Farmers is bound to be celery-bratory affair, especially since it’s happening at the site of one of our Urban Growth Bounty instructors, Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply. To spice it up even more, Salt Fire & Time (another UGB instructor) will be fixin’ up fresh fare grown by young farmers.

Live music, intellectual nourishment and local beer and on tap, with workshops on beneficial insects, farm advocacy, farm planning and marketing, internships and networking for beginning farmers. And, as if this wasn’t enough agri-stimulation, the Greenhorns will be sneak-peak-screening their documentary film on young farmers (check out the trailer here).

So y’all come down, y’hear? The price is right (free), so we’ll see you at Naomi’s, 2500 SE Tacoma St. in Portland, Oregon, USA. 

To Bee or Not To Bee

A pouring rain couldn't kill the buzz at the Queen of the Sun opening on Friday night.

beeA pouring rain couldn’t kill the buzz at the Queen of the Sun opening on Friday night. Crowds waited patiently in line outside of the Hollywood Theater to be the first to see the newest film from local boys Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz. Like their previous film, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, this examination of the precarious life of bees was beautiful and compelling.

Queen of the Sun plays through October 4th at the Hollywood. And if you're inspired to explore the possibility of keeping bees in your backyard, send us an email at We’ll drop you a line when we announce our Urban Growth Bounty classes for 2011 that will include intro classes for budding beekeepers as well as intermediate and advanced sessions.

Check out the video in the lobby on the sold-out opening night. Amongst the sound of popping corn and excited moviegoers, Mayor Adams, who was on hand to introduce the film, talks with Taggart about the effect bees have had on his garden and his bike rides. 

Bee Here Now: Queen of the Sun is the Bee's Knees

Bee Here Now: Portland celebrates the world of bees with the premiere of Queen of the Sun

Queen of the SunWe bumblers at The Plate like a bad pun as much as the next blog, but we’re breaking out in hives as we comb the possibilities in giving you the buzz on Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us? Don’t be skep-tical, but we’ll try not to drone on and wax poetic about swarming to the Hollywood Theater on September 17 for the opening of a beeautiful film from the team that brought you The Real Dirt on Farmer John.

Please. Stop Us Now.

By Portland Proclamation, September 17 is the first day of Honeybee Week and Mayor Sam Adams will be at the Hollywood Theater that night for the 7:30 p.m. screening of Queen of the Sun, a documentary that takes an alternative look at the global honeybee crisis. Filmed all over the world (especially Portland), the movie celebrates the all things bee and features beekeepers, scientists, and philosophers, including Vandana Shiva and Michael Pollen Pollan.

The film will run at the Hollywood until at least October 4 and on most nights between September 17 and September 25, the producer, director and local beekeepers will be in attendance for post-film Q&A sessions. For more info and advance tickets, go to the movie site.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is proud to be a sponsor of Queen of the Sun. We just wish Sting has done the music.

Fried Jam Throwdown

West /East Coast canning throwdown vs. fried beer and camel on a stick.

No sooner did we post on the West Coast preserving craze, NPR picked up the mixing spoon and ran a story the next morning on an East Coast canner--it's amazing how fast they work when challenged. NPR's Linda Wertheimer hangs with Mrs. Wheelbarrow in a "suburban Washington kitchen," forgetting to mention it's D.C. and not the large state on the West Coast. Sure, the recipes for Spicy Peach Salsa and Fig, Lemon and Thyme Confiture sound great, but the real contribution to culinary magic that morning was NPR's nod to Texas and fried beer. This epitome of epicurean enchantment is competing with fried s'mores Pop Tarts for the Big Tex Choice Awards at the Texas State Fair. 

Which has Minnesota crying in their fried beer cause Texas thought of it first. Silly, when everybody knows the real contribution from the Midwest meat maven is their indigenous camel on a stick.  One hump or two?