Third Thursday DCCFW Food Film Festival, April 16, 7:30 pm, Botany of Desire

The Dairy Creek Community Food Web will show Botany of Desire, based on Michael Pollan’s best selling book. The film explores the natural history and cultivation of four plants: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. It holds fascinating stories of apple seed diversity and hard cider,how the tulip created a wild economic bubble in Holland, behind the scenes of medical marijuana, and scary GM potatoes. Please spread the word, join us, and bring a friend!
Location: Forest Grove Grange, 1917 B St.

Mon April 13 + 20 – Soil Health Workshops for Agriculture, Wash. County

Soil Health Workshops for Agriculture, Washington County
Fact: One inch of good quality topsoil takes 500 years to produce. Join us to learn more about how to improve our most valuable resource – the soil beneath our feet! Each workshop will include presentations on what soil health is and how to improve it, as well as hands-on demos in the field. You will take home a free textbook on soil health and enjoy a free lunch, provided by our sponsors Recology Inc. and Soil Test Consultants. The workshops are free, but registration is required.  Register online at:

Monday April 13th 9am-1pm Behrman Farm, 32755 SW Johnson School Rd, Cornelius Agricultural Soil Health Workshops Focus on Larger Farms,Conventional Systems, and Perennial Crops with Cory Owens, NRCS State Soil Health Coordinator

Monday April 20th 9am-1pm Swallowtail School & Farm, 332 NE 6th  Avenue, Hillsboro Focus on Small Farms, Organic Operations and Annual Crops with Nick Andrews, OSU Extension Small Farms Program

You can also email or call Jen: 503-648-3174 x121
If you are a Washington County resident, we would like your feedback on natural resource concerns. Please take a moment before April 16, 2015, to take our online survey:

We also appreciate your help sharing this survey link with other Washington County residents. Thank-you!
Jen Nelson
Outreach,Volunteer and Education (OVE) Program Manager
Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District
1080 SW Baseline Suite B-2
Hillsboro, Oregon  97123
503-648-3174 x 121
Cell 423-298-6986
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Food Chain$ free film screening Tues March 31st 7pm @ Pacific University

Join us at 7pm on Tuesday March 31st to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day and Farmworker Awareness Week with this free viewing of Food Chains!

From the Food Chains website: “In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States.”

Sponsored by Adelante Mujeres, the Pacific University Spanish Department, and SEA Club.

​You can view the event on Facebook

Job Opening: Montavilla Farmers Market

Montavilla Farmers Market is now hiring for a Market Assistant. The position is responsible for the onsite infrastructure of the market and for coordinating volunteer help for the market. Work begins on or after May 15, 2015 and goes through November 30, 2015. The MA is required to attend every Sunday market from 9:00 am until 2:45 pm and should be professional, pleasant, and prepared for the market – rain or shine! As a part-time employee of the market, the position will be paid $10.50 per hour.

Please see a full job description at Applications will be accepted through March 29th, 2015.

Living Soils Class at Nana Cardoon instructor Harry MacCormack cost $50 March 14th

Harry’s grasp of the complexities of these topics were first unveiled in his classic book The Transition Document: Toward a Biologically Resilient Agriculture (4th edition (2010) which contains several chapters relevant to this workshop.

This workshop covers in 4 hours what it takes sometimes days to cover in other Soil Food Web oriented workshops. The material is essential to understanding how and why the dominant NPK paradigm and synthetic chemical practices work against a durable agricultural future. The microherd is our ally as we move away from inexpensive petroleum inputs. Cutting edge information is unique and guides informed organic and biodynamic practices. Soil tests showing the success of these techniques will be shared. Harry continues to promote what is still considered too controversial by those who embrace the conventional, even as that thinking is practiced in much of organic agriculture.

Vegetarian lunch and beverages are homemade from farm ingredients as the season allows and are included in the price of your reservation.
contact Charlene Murdock for more information 503-357-4992

class 10:00am – 3:00pm

Grow It Classes Start Feb. 25th

This is the line up for the Grow It! 2015 series of gardening classes in the Rogers Room at the Forest Grove public library. Please note that the first one is tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb 25:

Wednesday, 2/25, 6:30-8 pm, Starting Seeds Indoors
Tuesday, 3/17, 6:30-8 pm, Improving Your Soil
Tuesday, 4/21, 6:30-8 pm, Container Gardening
Wednesday, 5/27, 6:30-8 pm, Growing Herbs

The classes are taught by Master Gardeners, are free of cost, and open to the public. We hope to see you there and please bring a friend! Seeds will be available to share.

Webcast viewing at Hillsboro Public Library Shute Park Branch March 7th

Hillsboro Food Co-op and the City of Hillsboro are hosting a TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” viewing party at the Shute Park library. We will be streaming the event live on Saturday, March 7th from 10:30am to 3pm. More than ten TEDx speakers will discuss local food, health, hunger in America, food waste, among other topics over the course of 2 sessions.

Between sessions, we can mingle and talk about the ideas presented – or walk through Shute Park or find a place to grab some food in downtown Hillsboro. We are growing our food community folks! If you love food and are interested in a healthy food system, please join us.

Seating is limited – registration is encouraged (and will help us prepare), but not required. You are welcome to drop in and out according to the topics that are of interest to you. For a schedule of speakers, visit the TEDxManhattan site



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