Democratic Candidates Forum

Do You Know Your Candidates?  Do the Candidates Know You?

District 29 Democratic Primary Candidates’ Forum

Sunday, April 15th, 2012  4:00pm-5:30pm
Forest Grove Senior and Community Center
2037 Douglas St., Forest Grove

Meet candidates Katie Riley and Ben Unger
•        Don’t miss your chance to talk to the candidates for the Democratic primary
•        Bring your questions and concerns about what the candidates have in mind for Forest Grove and western Washington County
•        Moderated by Jim Moore, Director, Pacific University Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation

This is your chance to ask candidates how they plan to support local food in our district!  Or, you can ask them any other question you like.  🙂  Brought to you by Dairy Creek Community Food Web, Forest Grove Community Matters, Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation and Forest Grove Senior & Community Center.

2012 Gardening Workshops! March-April

Are you excited for springtime gardening, but unsure how to get started?

This spring, three organizations are collaborating to bring FREE gardening workshops to Western Washington County.  The Oregon Food Bank, Dairy Creek Community Food Web, and Adelante Mujeres are sponsoring three different workshops at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center (located at 2037 Douglas Street in Forest Grove).

To register, please contact Robin at (503.313.6104).  We hope to see you there!

Gardening in the Pacific Northwest for Beginners – A 5-week Workshop:

Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm on  3/26, 4/2,  4/9, 4/16, and 4/23.  Participants will learn about planning, planting, creating healthy soils, garden maintenance, and organic pest management. (please register by March 24th)

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners:

Saturday, April 7, 1:30-3:30pm in the FG Senior & Community Center.  Learn to start a garden from scratch, including planning, planting, thinning, and weeding.  (please register by March 30th)

Container Gardening for Beginners:

Saturday, April 28, 1:30-3:30pm in the FG Senior & Community Center.  If you’d like to grow some of your own produce, but are short on growing space, this is the workshop for you.  All participants will take home a free container and seeds!  (please register by April 20th)

March 5th: The Farmer-Chef Connection 2012

Are you a producer, looking to network with local restaurants?  Or are you a chef, looking to find the best local food and drink products for your menu?  Look no further.

The Portland Farmer-Chef Collaborative is hosting it’s 12th annual Farmer-Chef Connection this March at the Clackamas Community College campus in Oregon City.

Anyone is welcome to register for this all-day networking and workshop event.  It’s not just for Portland-area chefs and farmers, either:  the Collaborative welcomes fishermen, food processors, grocery store owners, and even individuals who would like to source their food locally.

The keynote speaker is Sam Mogannam, owner of Bi-Rite Market and author of Eat Good Food: A Grocer’s Guide to Shopping, Cooking & Creating Community Through Food . Other events include workshops on sourcing locally and a luncheon designed for networking between producers and buyers.  Vendors, nonprofits, and food providers are aslo welcomed to display and promote their products on tables throughout the Connection.  It promises to be a productive, delicious day for all!

Registration is $20 per person, and includes a local lunch and admission to all workshops you choose.  Please visit the Farmer-Chef Collaborative website to register online:  http://sassafraskitchen.com/wordpress/?page_id=292

Coming Up: 2012 Small Farms Conference


This year’s  annual Small Farms Conference promises to be anything but small.

Keynote speaker Kristin Kimball's latest book

On Saturday, February 25th, in Corvallis, Oregon there will be over 20 different sessions and workshops offered to Conference attendees, in addition to the Keynote address.  (This year’s Keynote speaker is Kristin Kimball, author of “The Dirty Life:  on Farming, Food, and Love”.)

This event isn’t just for farmers, either.  In attendance you’ll find food retailers, farmer’s market managers, restaurant owners, food policy advocates, and community members.  The workshops offered encompass a wide variety of topics, anything from winter farming to livestock marketing, food policy updates to permaculture, water harvesting to farm business plans and much more!

The Conference is fast approaching!  But it’s not to late to register:  The fee of $50 per person admits you to any 3 workshops of your choice,  and includes refreshments and a lunch featuring locally sourced foods.

Conference registration and other information can be found here: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/2012SFC

Need more information?  A program brochure can be downloaded here: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/small-farms-conference/sfc2012brochure.pdf

If you are interested in carpooling from the Forest Grove area, please contact the Dairy Creek Community Food Web at:  roun6188 @ pacific u. edu

We hope to see you at the Conference!

Food Film Feb 2012

Dairy Creek Community Food Web presents it’s continuing series, Food Film Festival, with:

“Food Fight!” the Documentary, by Chris Taylor

Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 pm at the Forest Grove Grange  (1917 “B” Street)

The film is free, and donations are encouraged to support the future activities of the DCCFW. Snacks available.
“Food Fight!” showcases many current food celebrities discussing why “Revolution Never Tasted So Good.” Alice Waters, Will Allen, Michael Pollan, and Wolfgang Puck are among those who are shaping the food revolution in America.
For more information on the film, visit the website:  http://www.foodfightthedoc.com/