it may not be as hot or sunny as some would like by mid June, but! it's is not raining in ceaseless downpours like it was last year for five straight weeks at this time... all relative and perhaps summer will keep stretching further into October?
1) InFARMation and Beer! this Tuesday, June 14th, is on 21st Century Householding with great speakers and farmers attending who you can connect with to find great produce in bulk to ferment, can, dry, freeze and pickle... mmm....... at Holocene in SE Portland.
2) We are happy to be working two small scale Portland plant growers! Edible Horizons is part farm, nursery and creators of edible yards, Kji also farms with Josh Volk of Slow Hand Farm on Sauvies Island (photo on left) and we have great vegetable, herbs and flowers he grows. Laura of Mostly Medicinals grows so many neat and intriguing herbs, flowers, perennial vegetables and medicinal plants at her family nursery (photo of Laura in the greenhouse on left). Many fun new treats for you!!
3) Plants land at least twice a week, primarily on Tuesdays and Fridays, plus Sunday mornings when we're really trying to keep up with you and include great plants from Wildcat Mountain Farm, Emerson Gardens, Westwind, Little Prince and New Leaf, too!
4) We're hosting another Hip Happening Craft Bazaar on Saturday, June 25th with food, music and fun in the gardens around the shop. There will be food and you can also come with a picnic lunch, relax and visit the animals : )
They are looking for more craft and food vendors, plus musicians. If you'd like to participate, email Hip Happening -
6) Les Schwab Update - We are still working on getting a meeting with Dave Husk, who has been sending this letter. We have sent this reply and proposal to map out how flexible we could be on the site during their adjacent work or permanently. Showing that we can coexist easily, with no conflict of any kind with their remediation and construction of the neighboring acre site, by moving our activities to the west, having you park on the street for awhile if needed and using other creative structures if for any reason they want to take down the building we're currently in to create more parking.
SMILE, the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League, just sent a letter to meet with Les Schwab, too, as they wrote in support of both our shop and a future tire center last year, March 22nd, 2010 and have not gotten a response yet. They hope a plan can be worked out that
We're actively working on plans for alternate sites, too and aim to provide you smooth, continued service as the adventure unfolds. You are the best!!
7) A few other spots we're in:
Portland Mercury - Make Way for the Parking Lot! Customers Fight Les Schwab's Plan to Boot Farm Shop, by Sarah Mirk - June 9th, 2011
Neighborhood Notes – Urban Gardening: Get the Dirt, by Hannah Aronowitz – June 6th, 2011
Cooking Up a Story - Video of Naomi in Part 1 of Raising Backyard Chickens - released May 2011(filmed by Rebecca Gerendasy in 2010)
Home Wizards, CBS Radio Los Angeles - Naomi on Raising Chickens in Your Backyard, with Cindy Dole - May 28th, 2011
8) New White House Rural Council ! = "Section 1. Policy. Sixteen percent of the American population lives in rural counties. Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential to winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead. These communities supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are essential in the development of science and innovation. Though rural communities face numerous challenges, they also present enormous economic potential. The Federal Government has an important role to play in order to expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands"