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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Gardening never felt so good

Growing your own vegetable garden provides some fantastic benefits, and the Oregon Food Bank has added fighting hunger to that list.

March 12, 2013

Growing your own vegetable garden provides some fantastic benefits, and the Oregon Food Bank has added fighting hunger to that list.

Harvest season is just around the corner, and so is Oregon Food Bank’s Plant a Row program. Plant a Row gives gardeners the opportunity to fight hunger in the community by donating some of their home-grown produce. Gardeners simply add extra plants or an extra row in their vegetable garden, and at harvest time, donate the produce to an OFB agency.

During the 2012 harvest season growers donated over 80,000 pounds of nutritious produce to food pantries, soup kitchens, and other agencies around the Portland metro area. This is equivalent to two semi-trucks full of produce!

No amount of food is too small to donate. All produce is welcome, but refrigeration space is limited so OFB encourages gardeners to focus on foods that transport well. Produce like tomatoes (slightly before ripe), green beans, Zucchini, hot peppers, cucumbers, collard greens and Swiss chard, and winter and summer squash are foods that are easily transportable.

For gardening resources, or to find a partner agency near you, please visit the Oregon Food Bank website or call Sopkin at (503) 282-0555, Ext. 2260.

1,000 Gardens featured in Edible Portland

Congratulations to our 1,000 Gardensteam for a wonderful feature in the Spring 2013 issue of Edible Portland.

March 13, 2013

Congratulations to our 1,000 Gardens team for a wonderful feature in the Spring 2013 issue of Edible Portland.

The local magazine showcased the initiative in a feature story.

In October, we celebrated reaching our Climate Action Plan goal to develop 1,000 new garden plots in the community. Just last Saturday, we officially opened the 1,000th plot at Helensview Community Garden.

We would not have reached our goal without the hard work and dedication of volunteers and community members, our over 30 partners, and our gardens staff like Emily York and Laura Niemi.

Thanks to everyone who helped bring gardens to our neighborhoods. You all are community champions!

Portland's Public Gardens Grow

Edible Portland, Spring 2013 edition

Earned sick leave proposal passes with unanimous support

Today I voted to support paid sick leave for Portland workers. The final vote was 5-0.

March 13, 2013

Today I voted to support paid sick leave for Portland workers. The final vote was 5-0.

I believe sick leave is both a public health and social justice issue.

Too many low-wage workers have to choose between coming to work sick or losing a day’s pay. Too many parents have to send their kids to school sick rather than take time off and risk losing their job. And, too many food service workers pass their illness on to others.  

The ordinance we adopted today is not effective until next year—giving the State legislature the opportunity to act. My preference is for a state-wide solution that benefits all working families in Oregon.

Based on the feedback we received I supported amendments to Commissioner Fritz’s proposal, which strengthened the ordinance by simplifying its requirements and reducing the regulatory burden on employers providing an equal or better benefit.

I am committed to ensuring that the rule-making process is inclusive and transparent.

Portland City Council Votes to Require Sick Leave

Steven Dubois on abcnews.com

 

Portland City Council votes unanimously to approve sick leave policy

Ryan Kost in The Oregonian

 

Unanimous Vote, Loud Applause for Earned Sick Leave in Portland

Denis C. Theriault in The Portland Mercury

Earned Sick Leave Roundup

News about Earned Sick leave passing in Portland

After months of debate, Portland City Council approves sick leave ordinance--now what?

Ryan Kost in The Oregonian

 

Portland, Ore. Approves Earned Sick Leave Policy

KJ DELL' ANTONIA in The New York Times

 

Portland City Council Votes to Require Sick Leave

Steven Dubois on abcnews.com

 

Oregon City Requires Paid Sick Leave

Melanie Trottman in The Wall Street Journal

 

Portland, Oregon Becomes Fourth American City To Adopt Paid Sick Day Law

Jane Farrell on ThinkProgress.com

 

Earned Sick Leave Measure Passes in Portland

Jackie Tortora on afl-cio.org

 

City Council adopts sick leave policy

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland requires firms to offer sick leave

On KTVZ.com

 

Portland passes citywide sick leave ordinance

Jeff Thompson on KGW.com

 

Portland City Council votes unanimously to approve sick leave policy

Ryan Kost in The Oregonian

 

Unanimous Vote, Loud Applause for Earned Sick Leave in Portland

Denis C. Theriault in The Portland Mercury

Welcome Back Vulture Day!

Come out this Saturday to celebrate the beauty of vultures during Welcome Back Vulture Day at Leach Botanical Garden.

March 14, 2013

Come out this Saturday to celebrate the beauty of vultures during Welcome Back Vulture Day at Leach Botanical Garden.

Turkey Vultures are fascinating creatures. Large nostrils allow the vultures to smell their prey from 2 miles away! During the winter months, vultures migrate to warmer climates. As spring approaches and the weather warms up, the city is welcoming the birds back home.

Leach Botanical Gardenis hosting a family-friendly event beginning at noon on Saturday. Enjoy making arts and crafts, learning fun vulture facts, and meet Ruby, the Portland Audubon’s Turkey Vulture.

Welcome Back Vulture Day

Leach Botanical Garden

6704 SE 122nd Ave

March 16, 12 pm - 3 pm