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Forks Over Knives

Made a new years resolution to eat less meat? A new movie, Forks Over Knives, opens in Portland this week and it looks like just the ticket to get you off to a healthy 2011. The movie explores the result of an American diet high on animal products and processed foods. One of the "patients" they follow scarfs down a fast-food double cheeseburger, onion rings, and a chocolate shake for dinner every night. 

The Oregonian says, "It would be a shame if this information-rich documentary about the benefits of a plant-based diet ends up only speaking to the choir." Starts tonight, runs for a week at the Fox Tower. Get up offa that thing and get downtown.....


Ground frozen, fields cover-cropped, animals fattened: what’s a farmer/gardener to do but transform their winter hibernating horsepower into fertile bursts of art? This is what founder, editor and farmer, Evan Driscoll intends to capture in his new Portland-based art and agriculture quarterly zine, Running With Pitchforks.

Through fiction, creative non-fiction, images and interviews, Running With Pitchforks will “tackle the mental landscape of farming,” giving farmers an outlet for their work and readers a window into the urban agrarian mind (Do we really want to know what’s going on in there?).  

When asked about the origins of this new literary seed, Driscoll remarked that, “being around urban farmers and gardeners for a couple years now, I’ve come to find that most involved are very creative people – it’s a profession / hobby that demands utilizing creativity daily. Not only are these people growing great food, but creating great art as well."

Still accepting applications until January 15th (see guidelines and details on the website), promised features include an interview with past Urban Growth Bounty instructors Connor Voss and Sarah Brown of Diggin Roots Farm, contemplations on the vomitous nature of writing and possibly even a mutant compost horror story.

So keep a lid on your compost bins folks and harness your inner artsy/angsty/analytic agrarian within. Send your crème de la crop to Evan and stay tuned for the first edition sometime this winter.

To Bee or Not to Bee

Urban Growth Bounty series features beekeeping

Beekeeper Extraordinaire, Glen Andresen, is featured in a new video at Cooking Up a Story. Glen is the beekeeping beekeeperinstructor in residence for the Urban Growth Bounty series and his first introductory class sold out so we've added another one on Saturday, April 16. You can find all the details here.

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. 

To Markets, To Markets

Get fresh with a farmer this weekend.

mapThe Hollywood Farmers Market embarks on 15 years with their official opening this weekend (after testing their smaller, year-round concept last week). Interstate's new Lombard addition, a Saturday Farmers Market at De La Salle H.S., won’t be open until May 21, but you can feast at their Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser this Saturday and then hit the coming out party for Market Q on Mississippi.

Speaking of this Saturday, Parkrose holds their first market of the year while Portland Farmers Market at PSU will be a few weeks into their 20th season. And speaking of anniversaries, Hillsdale Farmers Market had record breaking crowds as they kicked off their tenth season at last Sunday’s market. Westsiders will be back this weekend while Eastsiders can shop the Sunday King Portland Farmers Market

New markets, extended hours and more openings in June. Check them all out and get fresh with your local farmer.