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July's Gems

July is the last month of Urban Growth Bounty classes -- come check them out!

Urban Growth Bounty 2012 is wrapping up, but there are a few choice classes left before it's over! Treat yourself by attending some of the educational, practical, and FUN sessions UGB has planned for July:

We’ll see you there!

Eat Dirt

We know you don’t need convincing about the joys of farmers markets. But who knew that ingesting microscopic critters residing in our soil might be one more reason to befriend your local farmer?

Yesterday, a New York Times op-ed opined about the potential benefits that farmers market produce has on our immune system. The author suggests that ingesting microorganisms can boost our natural defense against allergens and some chronic diseases. In our increasingly-sanitized world we have fewer and fewer opportunities to chow down on microbes that help our bodies build up resistance. The solution? Get down and dirty at your farmers market.

And speaking of superbugs, some aren't so super. Antibiotics have come a long way since being introduced as a miracle cure in 1944 and Robert Kenner's 90-second video wants you to just say "no" to meat on drugs.

Food Code Coda

Zoning Code Revisions for urban food production and distribution passed by City Council

After nearly a decade of research, discussion, and hard work, the revised Urban Food Zoning Code is finally official! City Council passed the ordinance to remove barriers to urban food production and distribution activities such as market gardens, farmers markets, and food-buying clubs. Thanks to the many community stakeholders for their tenacity, diligence, and wise counsel that guided this process over the years.

It’s one more step toward making Portland a prosperous, healthy, educated, and equitable city. 

The Joys of June

tomatoesProduce season is here, and our June Urban Growth Bounty classes are ripe for the picking. Don’t miss out — these fun, educational sessions will teach you how to reap the most from your summer bounty.


Come and learn the secrets of the season! Email with any questions — we’re looking forward to seeing you!