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Radical Mycology Convergence 2012 Port Townsend [Documentary]
From the open publishing newswire: The second Radical Mycology Convergence was held in Port Townsend, Washington. This volunteer-run four day event attracts mycologists and fungal enthusiasts to share skills about the benefits of fungi in terms of bioremediation and human uses. Port Townsend, WA, USA, 10/22/2012.
Tomorrow! (Tuesday, June 26): KEEP NESTLE OUT OF THE GORGE Rally
From the open publishing newswire: Tuesday, June 26 (TOMORROW)
KEEP NESTLE OUT OF THE GORGE Rally
Terry Shrunk Plaza (S.W. Fourth and Madison, downtown Portland)
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Stand in solidarity with a diverse coalition of groups and over 30,000 Oregonians who are demanding that Governor Kitzhaber protect our water from a Nestle water bottling plant in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Join us for activities for all ages, music, special guest speakers, to add your own message to our banner and much more.
Guest speakers include:
Terry Swier,an activist involved with a group famous for fighting Nestle's damaging water bottling in Michigan; Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County Chair; Sister Brigid Baumann, a Sister of Sisters of the Holy Names; and other locals from Cascade Locks and the Gorge who don't want Nestle bottling water in their backyard.
Portland Fruit Tree Project Volunteer Opportunity: Become a Harvest Leader!
From the open publishing newswire: Join the Portland Fruit Tree Project in preventing waste, building community, and making fresh fruit available to neighbors in need...
As a Harvest Leader, you will co-lead group harvesting events in your neighborhood! It's a fun way to meet your neighbors and help make locally grown produce available to all.
Harvest Leader Overview: Harvest Leader Responsibilities:
- Attend Harvest Leader training (Thursday July 12th, 5pm - 9pm, or Saturday, July 21st, 10am-4pm)
- Co-lead at least 5 harvesting parties in the 2012 Harvest Season (July-November)
- Oversee harvest participants, coordinate logistics, and facilitate introductions, safety talk and wrap-up during harvesting parties.
- Coordinate delivery of 50% of harvested fruit to a local food pantry
- Keep thorough records
- Attend mid-season Harvest Leader meeting (Wednesday, August 29th, 6:00-7:30pm)
- Complete year-end survey and report (December)
- Celebrate! Attend year-end celebration and volunteer appreciation event in December 2012 (optional).
Applications are due Friday, June 29th.
Epistle to the Ecotopians
From the open publishing newswire: To all brothers and sisters who hold the dream in their hearts of a future world in which humans and all other beings live in harmony and mutual support -- a world of sustainability, stability, and confidence. A world something like the one I described, so long ago, in Ecotopia and Ecotopia Emerging....
We live in the declining years of what is still the biggest economy in the world, where a looter elite has fastened itself upon the decaying carcass of the empire. It is intent on speedily and relentlessly extracting the maximum wealth from that carcass, impoverishing our former working middle class... As Karl Marx darkly remarked, "Capital has no country," and in the conditions of globalization his meaning has come clear....
We all need to learn, or relearn, how we would keep the rudiments of life going if there were no paid specialists around, or means to pay them.... survival is a team sport.
[This document was found on the computer of Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach (1929-2012) after his death.]
The Facts on Fair Trade, Friday at Red&Black Cafe
From the open publishing newswire: Love our coffee? Find out more about where it comes from!
Come down to the Red & Black Cafe this Friday, 4/27, at 7:00pm for a great presentation by Santiago Paz of the CEPICAFE coffee growers co-op of Peru. CEPICAFE ( http://www.equalexchange.coop/profile-of-cepicafe-in-peru ) supplies the coffee that you enjoy everyday at the Red & Black Cafe through our fellow co-op coffee roaster, Equal Exchange.
Santiago will provide a brief presentation on the issues facing the legitimacy of the "fair trade" coffee label, including how small farmer co-ops are joining together to reinforce social democracy for this certification. If you've been hearing about how big corporate chains are compromising fair trade, and want to separate the facts from the fiction, this event is for you.
The Red & Black Cafe is located at 400 SE 12th Ave., in Portland, OR.
We are a worker-owned and operated business, and an IWW union shop
Video: Climate Justice Portland
From the open publishing newswire: Break out session at the Portland Moving Planet event, September 24, 2011. Session is about the failure of governments to deal with Climate Change and how the people, including people in Portland are stepping up to the plate.
Climate Justice Portland[9 min. Video]
Climate Justice Portland was established from members of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, who in April 2010 had attended the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba Bolivia
Inaugurated by Bolivian President Evo Morales, the Conference was attended by more than 20,000 attendants from over 125 countries. The meeting, supported by numerous grassroots organizations, was designed to act as an alternative to the United Nations' continuing discussions on climate change.
The Rights of Mother Earth
Here locally, Climate Justice Portland is working on several fronts to implement necessary changes in our relationship with the planet.
First, the group insists that we need to be addressing the root causes of climate change, and move beyond expecting that merely life style changes will be sufficient to solve this problem.
"We need to be addressing industrial pollution, we need to be addressing what role our nation is playing, and U.S. based corporations are playing, in changing the ecology of the planet.
The second aspect of strategy is to determine "who is being most affected by this. Who are the people in the front lines of climate change. We look to the global south, people whose islands are disappearing, entire populations of people are migrating, whose agricultural communities are completely being devastated by climate change and look for solutions from them."
Related PIMC Video Links
[Nissan Leaf tour...] | [Decentralizing Our Energy Grid] | 350oregon Speeches- montage, main stage ...]
Memetic Cascadia: A knowledge sharing course on building a contagious Cascadia
From the open publishing newswire: We will examine ways to transform the abstract idea of Cascadia, the bioregion, into a contagious idea associated with our regional identity. The class will consist of knowledge-sharing as well as creating a functional workspace from which to spread the meme of being "Cascadian." The intent of the class is to eventually become a "think tank." This course is FREE as it is part of Portland Free School. The goal is to create a bioregional awakening (Cascadia) that becomes widespread and very contagious and then create a "culture of active social change."
Time: Mondays (starting July 11th) 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Portland Fruit Tree Project : Tree Scout volunteers
From the open publishing newswire: PFTP is looking for volunteers to become tree scouts during the 2011 harvest season to help register fruit trees in the Portland community.
Join the Portland Fruit Tree Project in preventing waste, building community, and making fresh fruit available to neighbors in need...
As a Tree Scout, you will identify and register fruit trees in a designated neighborhood area, and conduct follow-up with tree owners that want to share the bounty. It's a fun way to meet neighbors and help make locally grown produce available to all.
TREE SCOUT OVERVIEW: All the necessary materials and information will be provided. You can expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week on this volunteer position, which begins June 18th and ends October 30th, 2011. Attend Tree Scout training (Saturday, June 18th, 9:30am-1:00pm)
If you're unable to attend the June 18th training, we can arrange an alternate training date.
Fill out the attached application form. Request an application by calling 503-284-6106, or send an email to katy[at]portlandfruit[dot[org, with 'Tree Scout Application Request' in the subject line. We'll send you an application right away. Applications are due Friday, June 3rd.
Portland Fruit Tree Project announces expanded Fruit Tree Stewardship programs
From the open publishing newswire: This is an announcement of Portland Fruit Tree Project's 2011 Fruit Tree Stewardship and includes opportunities for interested individuals to get involved. Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is a non-profit organization that increases equitable access to healthy food and strengthens communities by empowering neighbors to share in the bounty and care of city-grown food resources. We register fruit and nut trees throughout the city, bring people together to harvest and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh fruit each year, and teach tree care and food preservation in hands-on workshops.
In 2011, PFTP will continue to expand its year-round Fruit Tree Stewardship programs. The goals of this program are to increase the health and abundance of registered fruit trees through volunteer-powered tree care services, and to engage tree owners and interested community members in hands-on opportunities to build skills and knowledge in fruit tree care. To accomplish these goals, we will offer an expanded series of Tree Care Workshops, and our unique Tree Care Teams program, now in its second year! More details below...
SE Portland Urban Farmers Announce 2010 Pepetual Seed Kit
From the open publishing newswire: SE Portland Urban Farmers seek help with seed increase in conjunction with a larger project to breed superior varieties and have enough seed on hand, no matter what happens, to feed town. For a 100% sliding scale contribution, you can help out and have a garden for life - check it out, be part of the project, and help your local farmer out.
It's scheming, planning and assessing time for farmers once the hard freeze comes, as it did on 9 December. Your humble Urban Farmers haven't been totally idle during these shortest of days: I got a darn good idea. I've spent the last few weeks fleshing it all out and securing the necessary support from the other farmers to make it happen. The SE Seedbank Project will involve folks in ways that go way beyond keg parties w/ the 2010 Perpetual Seed Kit. This came out of an idea of Calliope's called the Neighbourhood Foodshed Alliance, where we go even further to reduce travel distance for food by connecting folks w/ their neighbourhood farmer.
But, that's neither here nor there! So....
Portland Woman To Live On Wild Food Foraged In Portland For Thanksgiving Week
From the open publishing newswire: From Friday Nov. 20 through Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 26, urban forager Rebecca Lerner will attempt to survive exclusively on wild food she gathers from sidewalks, parks, wilderness areas and yards in the city of Portland, OR. There will be no Dumpster diving, mooching from gardens or picking from cultivated fruit trees. In an effort to highlight wild food, Lerner's unusual menu will include thistle, sumac, dandelion and other weeds; fat she gathered from a roadkill deer; the root vegetable wapato; acorns, chestnuts, hazelnuts and black walnuts harvested from city trees; mushrooms; stinging nettles; hawthorn berries; yellow dock seeds; cleavers, and more.
"Foraging is a fun and free way to get healthy local food," Lerner said. "It's also a survival skill that can come in handy in an emergency, and a way to get in touch with our roots as hunter-gatherers."
Portland Fermentation Festival -- Thursday, August 27th 6-8pm @ Ecotrust
From the open publishing newswire: Portland Fermentation Festival @ Ecotrust Thursday, August 27th 6-8pm -- with special guest Sandor Ellix Katz author of Wild Fermentation -- is open to whatever you want to bring -- fermented food and drink to share, products to sell, recipes, cultures etc. Or don't bring anything at all -- just come and enjoy some late summer skill sharing, talking, eating and drinking of all sorts of tasty food and drink. As of now there will be a room full of tables and people and fermented food and drink. Everything else is up to what we make of it. Should be great.
Portland Fermentation Festival
For more info, go to: www.lizcrain.com
Urban Farm Store Commodifies Movement
From the open publishing newswire: With a designer chicken in a circle and someone who clearly does his own media work the urban farm store is here. Great place for a bunch of hype. Overpriced chicks, feed, and 275$ for a chicken coop!!! I'm not kidding. No selection of seeds. Many good, solid glossy books on the subject of gardening. Go to the library for info, and buy "gardening west of the cascades" ANYWHERE ELSE.
"The backyard food and chicken raising craze has many societal and public policy implications for Portland. Explore them with the man at the center of the local chicken and homegrown food scene, Robert Litt, owner of Urban Farm Store." Local chicken and homegrown food scene? What? And my guy is claiming to be at the center of it? Excuse me?
My big problem with the commodification of this movement is that food has gotten incredibly spendy. I do not want anyone to be turned off from growing food because they only have access to overpriced goods. The Urban Farm store is taking advantage of peoples ignorance in prices, and selling an image to yuppies. A very clean, upper middle class image.