Friday, January 30, 2009

Livin' in the Blurbs: A Pass, More Produce and InFarmation

Pick up a Passport to Dine at one of the Clinton/Division Dining District restaurants and get it stamped by five participating restaurants before Feb. 13. Then turn it in at any of the 19 establishments on the list and you'll be entered in a drawing to win one of six fabulous (they're promising) prizes, including a cooking class with Ben Gonzales of Nuestra Cocina, dinner for two at Vindalho, or a wine and cheese tasting for eight at Bar Avignon (at that great back table!). Sounds like a deal!

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The Portland Farmers' Market is adding a fifth to their roster of four markets. This one, called the King Market, will open for business this spring at the corner of NE 7th and Wygant, just one block south of Alberta. What started as a suggestion at a neighborhood meeting blossomed into reality when the Portland Farmers' Market partnered with the NE Coalition of Neighborhoods. So look for Sundays to start looking lots greener on the east side!

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In the next ten years, 25 to 50% of Oregon's farmland is expected to change hands," says Michelle Knaus of Friends of Family Farmers. "Who will be taking it over? Will they be farmers or real estate developers? Will it be Big Ag or sustainable farmers?" You can join the discussion about "The Next Generation of Oregon Farmers" at the next InFarmation gathering featuring Meghan Fehrman of Talent, Oregon, and find out about the resources and programs available for new and beginning farmers, as well as listen to young farmers with stories of what it's like trying to make a go of farming.

Details: "The Next Generation of Oregon Farmers" with Meghan Fehrman. Tues., Feb. 10, 5:30-8 pm; free. Check location on the website.

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