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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 @ 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
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.
A revolutionary concept in food delivery will make it's grand debut this Sunday, 5 July @ 43rd and Hawthorne, between 1-6pm. The Hawthorne Urban Farmers' Market is the only one in Portland to feature only ultra-local produce and to accept both cash and barter.
The Hawthorne Urban Farmers' Market is an experiment in self-organization that allows each vendor ultimate freedom to conduct business as he or she chooses. The market is also not affiliated with the Oregon Farmers' Market Association. It operates without fees from vendors but instead, relies upon a gift economy. For instance, vendors pitch in to give the entertainment and lot owners a bag of produce or give goods between each other to exchange what one might call the capital of goodwill.
A 10 lane bridge, while still too big, would be preferable to the current 12 lane concept, and there are signs that a smaller bridge might become the new concept
One of the things that jumped out at me from the fact sheets I got at the recent Columbia River Crossing "open house", (last Wednesday), was a projection from a sheet titled, "Traffic Effects of 8, 10 and 12 Lane Scenarios." This sheet compares the "local streets impacted by I-5 backups" in a 10 lane and 12 lane bridge scenario. In the 12 lane scenario, of course, there are no local streets impacted by an I-5 backup, either in Portland or Vancouver.
But in the 10 lane scenario, there are six streets or highways that are impacted. All but one of them are in Vancouver. So this really is a Clark County thing. The new bridge must be as large as possible so drivers from the northernmost reaches of Clark County, and probably beyond, can get to Portland in time for...whatever.
Starting Sunday, May 24, I'll spend a week eating wild food that I forage from sidewalks, parks, wilderness areas and yards in the city of Portland, Oregon. There will be no dumpster diving or mooching off gardens. I will be eating wild edibles only. I will be blogging about my experience here at www.CultureChange.org, talking about what I eat, how I prepare it and how I feel. As a city girl accustomed to the comforts of restaurants and supermarket food, I am excited to experience a new kind of luxury: interacting with the Earth the way I was meant to.
Most of what I know comes from spending time with knowledgeable friends who are herbalists, survivalists, ethnobotanists and primitive skills enthusiasts. Some of them will be joining me this week and introducing me to foods I've never tried before. What we are doing is a bit like reinventing the wheel. Because we lost most of our ancestral knowledge when our forefathers destroyed indigenous cultures, modern-day foragers are tasked with salvaging what scraps of information we have left. It is essential that we work together as a community to assemble the pieces.
There is certainly some urgency, as we are living in the midst of the sixth greatest extinction event of all time. Resources are becoming ever scarcer as our population continues to climb. It makes sense to look "backwards" in order to progress as we work to build the infrastructure for a sustainable future. For 200,000 years humanity has lived on this planet, and the vast majority of the time we had no worries about pollution. It only got funky 200 years ago, when we entered the strange new age of industrialization, a world filled with machines and factory farms and chemicals.
Wild Girl" Becky Lerner is a journalist who writes about foraging and primitive skills at www.FirstWays.com and http://rebeccalernerwilderness.wordpress.com. Her portfolio is at www.rebeccalerner.com
homepage: homepage: http://www.culturechange.org
A workshop held at the headquarters of City Repair, a local nonprofit which turns spaces into places, and reclaims the commons for public use. A synergistic workshop using both traditional and permacultural methods, which encourage healing through soil remediation and wise-use planting.
May 3, 2009 , 12-2 PM $10-20 sliding scale
Double Digging and Biointensive Gardening Workshop: 3-5 PM
Your Choice (you can't go to both but you gotta go to one!!)
"Creative Direct Action"
6pm, Thursday March 19th, 2009
City Repair Head Quarters, 3125 E Burnside
"Becoming the Media: A Critical History of Clamor Magazine"
Thursday, March 19, 2009, 7 p.m.
Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, Portland
The City Repair Project is hosting a series of ten workshops to assist organizers in working more cohesively, effectively and inclusively. For information on the complete workshop series check out http://www.cityrepair.org/wiki.php/wow
Scary Stuff !!! Apparently there has been a steep rise in the number of large land purchases by governments/corporations in the last year -- millions of acres of agricultural land were sold.
Quoting Slow Food International (SLI), "Saudi Binladin Group is planning an investment in Indonesia to grow basmati rice; tens of thousands of hectares in Pakistan have been sold to Abu Dhabi investors; Laos has signed away around 15 percent of its viable farmland; Libya has secured 250,000 hectares of Ukrainian farmland, and Egypt is believed to want similar access."
The use of forest biomass for electricity and liquid fuel, currently proposed by our state and federal elected officials, threaten our climate and economic security with little return on energy invested. This presentation will dispel the myths that there is "waste" in a forest ecosystem and that large-scale forest "thinning" projects are needed to reduce fire risks.
Thursday, March 5 -- 6:30 to 8:30 pm Harris Hall, Lane County Auditorium, 8th & Oak, Eugene, Oregon. free admission
dont have land, still want to garden? come get involved! umm....wanna plant some seeds in someone else's yard? the weather is right for planting seeds and we will be in gardens old and new. come share your skills and seeds mondays 4:30 at nw. burnside and 16th.
bike guerilla gardening: emitting wholistic remediation through the rapid dispersal of seeds
[thurs] 02/26/2009 - 4:33 p.m.
Location: sustain ability now, (2nd floor city repair 3125 e. burnside)
503 438 4093
guerilla gardening bike "hit and run" squad... unofficial spring is almost here. why not help start some raised beds and plant some seeds and transplants? we will be skill sharing, each one teach one, various permaculture knowledge. if you know alot thats great, if your thumb is black thats great too, we'll make it green, and cruising portland sowing seeds, and throwing seedballs. we will also have mushrooms to grow. prepare to ride, weather permitting at a medium-gentle pace. taking time to stop and plant some roses.
Suggested Materials: something to plant, something to dig with, something to plant in, soome water to drink, something vegan to share and eat.
Accessibility: Requires bicycling
Confronted by rising food prices and global climate change, more people are reducing their carbon footprint and saving money by making changes to their lifestyle. If you find yourself wondering how your dietary choices affect the environment, your wallet, and your health, now is a great time to sign up for Veg 101 and the Master Vegetarian Program.
Modeled after the Master Recycler Program and the Metro Master Gardener Program, the nine-week Master Vegetarian Program was piloted by Northwest VEG in 2007 to teach interested members of the community about the environmental and epidemiological impact of food choices. Now in its fourth run, the program continues to attract both vegetarians and omnivores by offering thought-provoking lectures and discussion about the science and politics of food.
The snow is gone, and the ground is warming up! So its time to get back to transplanting and planting perennials. Now is the time to plant so they may make the most of this season to build healthy rootsystems. The class will meet in several locations, as there are a few gardens to work on, so check the schedule to see where we will meet for each class.
This week we will be adding soil amendments creating a raised bed. We have smashed up some tarmack and created a couple of beds, transplanted and planted. But our plants are probably in need of some tending to after the recent snow storm, and I will bring some vegan chocolate to keep us energetic.
Start: 01/05/2009 - 16:33
End: 01/05/2009 - 17:22
location: nw 16 and nw burnside