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Portland’s Provisions

Liz Crain, Portland food writer, blogger, and eater extraordinaire claims that “the folks that make food happen” are “my tribe.” Crain reveals the tribe’s secrets in her new book, Food Lovers Guide to Portland, in bookstores on July 1.

Next time you’re caught in the headlights of edible possibilities, check out this comestible compendium. Spliced into three sections: food, drink and resources, and broken down further by food type (bakeries, cheese, food carts, meat, frozen sweets, etc.), the guide delivers the low down—history, specialties, stories—on Portland produce, potables, and provender. Crain’s book celebrates and commends the efforts of independent entrepreneurs, food artisans, and growers that contribute to a lively local food culture in Portland.

Crain has written about Portland food and drink since 2003 and says her book is intended “For people who live here and travelers who pop into Portland for a short trip.” Welcome to the tribe.

Book Launch Party:
Fortune Tattoo, 1716 East Burnside St., Portland, OR
Thursday, July 1st — 6-9 p.m.

Bringin’ Ag to the Mag

Urban Farm CoverWhat do Portland, Detroit and Philadelphia all have in common? According to the Spring issue of Urban Farm, these cities are all paragons of an urban agriculture renaissance.

In an article on the conflux of the green space and urban agriculture movements, Urban Farm (downloadable at prominently features Portland’s work to increase residents’ access to sustainable food. The piece highlights the work of local non-profit, Growing Gardens, who, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, have connected over 700 low income families with the tools, resources and mentorship needed to grow their own food.

This is the third issue of Urban Farm and its managing editor, Lisa Munniksma, says, "We've seen the urban gardening and sustainability movement ramping up in the past few years and there hasn't been a magazine for people who want to live self sufficiently, especially in the city and suburbs."

Chock full of ideas and stories, Urban Farm is a great resource for beginning or established urban farmers. Read about successful fruit gleaners, the philosophies of ecopsychotherapy and lawn reformists. Get tips on foraging, raising livestock, wine making, setting up a healthy yard-sharing partnership, creating low maintenance water systems and container gardens.

The fall issue of Urban Farm will be out on August 3. The magazine’s website hosts additional information, but the local food listings, however, are on the slim slide. The sole listing for Oregon CSA providers is a Seattle farm that doesn’t deliver to Oregon. But, don’t fret—you can check out our newly updated farmers market page, google map and all, for details on where to find local food any day of the week. Stay tuned for listings and a map of all Portland CSAs coming soon!

Hold the Steak (at least till Tuesday)

cowMoo-ve over cows, you’re cramping my carbon. Turns out, one pound of feedlot beef creates up to 14.8 pounds of CO2, not to mention the addition of even more toxic methane emissions. Movements like Meatless Mondays have been instituted around the county to reduce meat consumption and promote a low carbon diet, even if just for a day. Momentum is building as programs have taken off in the Baltimore Public School system and plans are afoot in NYC. Moreover, The Seattle Times recently reported on local efforts to minimize meat’s impacts on the earth.

Portland, can we meat the challenge?

Get started by calculating your daily food-related carbon emissions with Bon Appetite’s nifty Low Carbon Diet Calculator and discover some new meat-free recipes to shed some of that hefty carbon weight.

A Deeper Shade of Green

CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions are off the charts. Natural disasters are occurring with uncanny frequency. Are all signs pointing to apocalypse? Definitely not, says Portland- based director Matt Briggs in his new movie Deep Green, “We can fix this.”

Brigg’s film, which premieres in Portland Tuesday, June 22, takes us to unlikely corners of the earth to find inspiring solutions to climate change. Jump on subway systems in China, survey wind farms Mongolia, catch a high speed train in France, and visit Dancing Roots Farm in Troutdale (shares still available!). The narratives unearthed in Deep Green compel its audience to action, rather than sit around until Judgment Day.  

Anna Lappé told us earlier this spring that a significant step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions is right at the end of our fork. Examining what we eat, where it comes from and how it is raised, is key to real change.

For a healthy dose of optimism and motivation, check out Deep Green at the Bagdhad Theater through Friday. Watch the trailer below and visit the Deep Green’s website for more details.                                                             

Intel Outside

Just like we said back in the 2007 Diggable City Phase III report, if we’re going to get serious about meeting the demand of urban food growers, we need to look at land held by non-profits and private landholders. Think big corporate campuses.

Looks like Intel is thinking outside the box. The Oregonian’s Katy Muldoon wrote an inspiring story about employees at their Hillsboro campus who grew an 81 plot organic garden from a weed jungle. Committed to investing in the well-being of employees, Intel saw the garden as a great way to foster health, happiness and espirit de vegetable. Next up, the Intel Core 9500 potato chip.