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:

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:

Need more information?  A program brochure can be downloaded here:

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!

2012 Farm Bill – The Politics of US Agriculture

For those folks who are new to agricultural politics, the Farm Bill is a piece of legislation that Congress passes every 5 (or so) years.

This single piece of legislation defines the policies surrounding agriculture for our entire nation.  It is an “omnibus” bill, meaning it includes legislation on a wide variety of topics… in the case of the Farm Bill, anything from farm subsidies to marketing to nutritional programming.

The current Farm Bill was passed by Congress in 2008, and will expire on September 30, 2012.  That’s less than a year away!  Needless to say, the debate regarding the reauthorization of the Farm Bill has been brewing for a while, and many factors (such as the upcoming Presidential elections) are influencing the political process this year.

We’ll include updates in our Dairy Creek Currents newsletter as we get them, but feel free to do your own research, too.  Our favorite resource for information about this year’s Farm Bill is included below.  Just click on the link to learn more about this year’s big debates in agricultural policy:

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition   – Blog